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My bedtime routine starts with candies. Every night, before I even put on my pajamas, I grab a box of Rose Hibiscus Delights. The Turkish Delight-inspired gummies each contain 10 milligrams of CBD (cannabidiol), and while they’re not marketed as sleep aids, Rose Los Angeles’ gummies help me relax into a deep, peaceful sleep. As a light sleeper and former insomniac, I’ve tried many methods to fall asleep, including melatonin, warm milk with honey, and even buying new pillows. None have been as effective as good old CBD.
I first tried CBD-infused gummies last summer, when a friend who was experimenting with homemade edibles gave me some to try. I took one before bed without any expectation and found myself sleeping 10 blissful hours. Even New York City traffic and the fire station sirens across the street didn’t wake me up. When I heard about Rose Los Angeles in an episode of GastropodI knew I had to try the company’s products and haven’t looked back since.
Flavored with rose water and hibiscus powder, the Rose and Hibiscus Delights are floral and slightly tart, with bright fruity notes reminiscent of pomegranate and cranberries, like a fun cocktail I’d drink during happy hour. Each pastel pink box is filled with 20 carefully cut cubed candies, all lightly dusted with tapioca starch and powdered sugar. While most edibles companies use distilled THC or CBD to make their products, Rose makes their gummies with rosin from organically grown whole cannabis flowers that they extract in-house at the factory. using a hydraulic press.
In the episode of Gastropod, Rose Los Angeles founder Nathan Cozzolino describes the conventional process – which involves rinsing cannabis flowers with ethanol or butane before they are refined into a distillate – as ” which destroys a large part of the natural chemical compounds of the plant”. According to Rose’s site, their method of extracting rosin from flowers between two slightly heated plates helps “preserve cannabinoids, terpenes, and other natural beneficial chemicals for the plant.” They say that as a result, their products provide a more dynamic and therapeutic experience.
Rose describes itself as an ingredient-driven company; they source their raw ingredients directly from local farmers and their own farm in Penn Valley, California, and work closely with chefs to create seasonal edibles available for a limited time. Other products include Apple Ume Ginger and Deep Sleep, a vanilla flavored candy made from sweet and tart blackberries.
In the past, the company has also collaborated with chefs Enrique Olvera, Natasha Pickowicz and former Enjoy your meal editor Andy Baraghani on the limited-edition flavors. With ingredients like stuffed mushrooms, Meyer lemons, and mezcal-poached pears, their products are more like a farm-to-table menu and are as delicious as you’d expect. One of my favorites, the Nünchi Boba Citrus Oolong Delight Mixis produced in partnership with baker and artist Lexie Park and contains two kinds of erasers. The former is bergamot-scented and made with oranges, grapefruits and California lemons, and the latter is a sweet and earthy oolong. Consumed together, the two gummies evoke the experience of savoring a fruity bubble tea. But the tangy, floral pink hibiscus delights are my favorite flavor and one edible I keep coming back to. The only thing more delicious than their gummies? The eight hours of uninterrupted sleep I get each night after my bedtime snack.