You can’t spell chocolate without THC. Well, maybe not in that exact order, but you get what I’m saying…
While sitting on her sunny front porch in South Portland one afternoon, Joanna Russell told me how she fused the two together to create Norumbega Provisions, which offers some of Maine’s finest cannabis-infused confections. Run alongside her husband Chris, Norumbega Provisions was born during quarantine when the pair combined Chris’ cooking skills and Joanna’s passion for alternative healing to create the adult candy shop of our dreams!
But before we get into the confections, let’s get real for a minute. It’s 2021. Smoking pot isn’t just for your cool uncle anymore; It’s for your mom with back pain, your friend with anxiety, your brother who probably just wants to get high, and it’s for you, who is curious. As a licensed medical caregiver in the state of Maine, Norumbega Provisions provides high-quality and safe products for rookies, seasoned stoners, and everyone in between. Anyone who likes chocolate, really.
Let’s talk about the chocolate.
It’s single origin, direct trade, AND organic. Not only that, but the variety offered by Norumbega Provisions is unbeatable! Products range from rich dark chocolate sourced from the Barlovento region of Venezuela to smooth, plant-based coconut milk chocolate sourced from the Dominican Republic. Once it is carefully crafted and tempered to perfection, liquid cannabis oil is added to the chocolate, which is then poured into molds.
Woah, hold up! Where did the weed come from?
Let me tell you. Norumbega works closely with Maine cannabis farmers to create confections infused with only the most exceptional of locally sourced cannabis. Once the final product is done, each batch gets tested in a lab to ensure a consistent experience, and lab results are then printed onto the packaging for your transparency.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s check out the candy shop!
Norumbega offers confections in a variety of low- to mid-THC levels. Some are even made with a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio so you can find exactly the balance you’re looking for. Known as the entourage effect, many people experience enhanced benefits from taking a combination of THC and CBD rather than either alone. If you haven’t figured out what you like yet, check out Norumbega’s dosing guide.
Norumbega makes three core products: chocolates, caramels, and gelées. Chocolates come in both dark and milk with the option to order confections plain OR dusted with locally roasted espresso bean shavings (dark) and toasted coconut and Maine sea salt (milk). Moving on, caramels come in either sea salted or toasted coconut. Lastly, gelées come in flavors such as Maine blueberry, citrus ginger, strawberry, raspberry, and even chocolate-dipped strawberry.
Now that you are salivating, how do I get my hands on these tasty treats, you ask?
First thing’s first, you need a prescription, or more colloquially, a med card. This isn’t nearly as daunting of a task as it seems, though. When you go to place an order online, Joanna will pass your information along to a nurse practitioner who provides the prescription for a small fee. The only requirements? You have to be 21 years of age and believe that medical marijuana can be beneficial to you. Once you get your med card, it’s valid for a year and can be used at any medical cannabis dispensary in Maine.
To place an order, head to NorumbegaProvisions.com and stock up your cart with all of the goodies. When you place the order, there will be no online payment. Delivery orders must be $60 minimum, and you have to pay in cash. You can either set up a time for a professional and discreet delivery throughout Portland, SoPo, Scarborough, and Cape Elizabeth OR pickup in Scarborough by appointment. Anytime Monday through Friday 10 am – 6 pm.