Kin Slips Sublingual Strips

The future looks a lot like Listerine.

In a time before our days were filled with dread over climate change and profound political corruption, there was a battle to dominate the fresh-breath market. For a period, the impulse section at grocery stores was filled with the latest challengers to the halitosis wars, from sprays like Binaca to the new twists on old classics — remember Altoids Minis?

Entering this rumble to part teenagers from their pocket change was another notable entrant: sublingual strips. Meant to be placed under your tongue, where they quickly dissolved and offered the promise of minty fresh breath for your next braces-on-braces smooch, they became a ubiquitous accessory for an adolescent night out.

You can relive those days with a little added elevation thanks to the folks at Kin Slips. Available in blends like Cloud Buster, Nice Dream, and Park Life, the beauty of Kin Slips is in their simplicity — and discretion.

Just because cannabis is legal in California doesn’t mean we all want to go through our day reeking of our favorite plant. While vaporizers have certainly provided a somewhat less obvious alternative to getting up close and personal with a bong, Kin Slips join other brands like Kiva in offering edibles you can ingest anytime and anywhere.

All three blends are enjoyable, but each is tailored to the desired experience. With Cloud Buster, each slip is infused with 5 milligrams — considered across the industry to be the standard “base” dose in cannabis. Infused with a flavor that combines tarragon and citrus, Cloud Buster slips are a lovely and subtle option for an afternoon pick-me-up or for anyone interested in feeling a little something (but not too much).

Alternatively, Nice Dream slips double the dosage to 10 milligrams. As the name of the blend suggests, this option is probably best used as a sleeping aid or to supplement a quiet night at home. Built on a flavor palate of basil and watermelon, it’s another example of Kin Slips’ ability to combine a vibrant taste with a well-calibrated high.

Last but not least is Park Life, which serves as Kin Slips’ entry into the burgeoning market of CBD-forward products. As it uses a 10:1 CBD-to-THC ratio, I am absolutely in love with it. The THC effect so slight that you can dose at nearly any point in your day. I’m not encouraging anyone to get high at work, but you could probably get away with it. With a flavor combo of mango and turmeric, the Park Life blend is an ideal option for someone just getting their feet wet with cannabis — or, alternatively, someone who knows their tolerance is minimal and doesn’t want to torpedo their day.

I try not to place too much emphasis on packaging, but kudos to the elegant, simplistic boxes these 10-packs of strips are collected in. Not only will they slip neatly into your pocket, but they serve as a notable contrast to branding that screams “this product is pot” and is thus best kept in sock drawers.

As far as personal preference goes, I don’t think anything will ever top the pleasure of sharing a joint with friends, but of all the items now finding release geared towards a more sophisticated (read: affluent) cannabis consumer, Kin Slips gets top marks for not placing style over substance.

Potency: Varied. Cloud Buster is available in dosages of 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg of THC per slip. Nice Dream comes in 10 mg and 20 mg options. Park Life has only one option, the extremely subtle 10mg CBD + 1 mg of THC per slip.

Smell: Kin Slips have a minimal scent, but reflect the flavors noted below. This is not a product that will betray that you’re carrying something infused with cannabis on your person.

Taste: Delightful! Cloud Buster has notes of tarragon and citrus, Nice Dream features basil and watermelon, and Park Life combines mango and tumeric. Each tastes great but is not overpowering.

Appearance: Kin Slips gets top marks when it comes to packaging. These ten slip boxes are both subtle and elegant. The slips themselves look like a square of colored fruit leather.

Medical Application: There is a lot of appeal here for medicinal users who may be adverse to inhaling smoke or who simply want the most discrete option available for ingesting cannabis.

Effect: It varies depending on potency, but Kin Slips are an overall subtle way to medicate. The Park Life option is ideal for anyone who wants a kick of THC without wanting to risk falling victim to an all-consuming high while Cloud Buster and Nice Dream both deliver on their respective promise of promoting creative energy and tranquility, respectively.

Cloud Buster: 4/5

Nice Dream: 4/5

Park Life: 5/5

Kin Slips retail for $25 to $40, available at dispensaries throughout the Bay Area.