Heat beater

If Otter Pops are the answer to beat the summer heat for kids, then Flak’s Epic Ice cherry-flavored frozen snack is the equivalent for medical-cannabis patients. The chilly treat’s cherry taste isn’t overly sweet and has the consistency of a slightly watered down slushie. The cannabis flavor is hardly detectable, mostly apparent only to those who are looking for it. As per the package, half of the icy treat qualifies as a single strong dose. One dose yielded a gentle cerebral buzz that took the edge off of my anxiety but didn’t cause couch lock. This treat is a calming way to beat the heat on busy summer days. $5 a pop; Choice Health Mutual, 2833 Marconi Avenue; (916) 488-4200; www.choicehealthmutual.com.