Chocolate was my gateway drug to healthy living.”
Holistic nutritionist, Kyleen Keenan, is the heart and soul behind byky, a new line of plant-based cannabis edibles powered by Solar Cannabis Co. (Solar) With a passion for plant-based living and a decade of experience working with nutrient-dense, organic raw chocolate, Ky has so far crafted 4 delicious flavors of chocolate bon bons each dosed with CO2 extracted cannabis distillate. Now, these decadent and delicious bon bons are taking the Massachusetts market by storm!
As a plant-based chef, Ky typically works with nuts, grains, legumes (beans and lentils), seeds, vegetables, and fruits. But, she is also a huge fan of chocolate! Not the junk you buy in the checkout aisles of your local big box store though.
“Raw chocolate was my gateway drug to healthy living”, says Ky, who has now been working intimately with organic raw chocolate for over a decade. Regeneratively farmed and used in its natural, unroasted state, organic cacao is a nutrient-dense superfood packing a powerful punch of antioxidants.
Cannabis was introduced to Ky’s pantry a few years back when she was approached by a cannabis start-up on Martha's Vineyard about a potential partnership. That’s when she began incorporating this cannabis into her recipes. Ky discovered that by combining these 2 powerful plants, the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis and the antioxidant properties of raw cacao helped her to reduce stress levels and facilitate healthier living.
In 2021, Ky combined forces with Solar Cannabis Co. and their shared vision of a sustainable future made for a natural partnership. Both Ky and Solar were on board with sourcing ingredients sustainably, reducing carbon emissions, choosing post consumer recycled (PCR) and recyclable product packaging, and using one of the cleanest THC extraction methods available (CO2 extraction). This symbiotic relationship made it possible for Ky to produce a line of cannabis edibles of the very highest quality!
Ky’s new artisanal line of organic, cannabis-infused bon bons, includes 4 effects-based flavors, each made with 70% raw cacao, adaptogenic herbs, medicinal (non-psychedelic) mushrooms, and other nutrient-rich superfoods. Byky launched with three flavors including:
Maple Almond Butter (designed for dreams): Made with locally sourced VT maple sugar, roasted almonds, ashwagandha, reishi mushroom, melatonin, and CO2 extracted THC distillate for a sound night’s sleep.
Salted Caramel Cashew (designed to rejuvenate): Made with whipped coconut nectar, himalayan sea salt, chaga mushroom, ashwagandha, gotu kola and CO2 extracted THC distillate for a smooth sailing kind of day.
Hazelnut Espresso (designed to uplift): Made with locally sourced espresso, toasted hazelnuts, lion’s mane mushroom, rhodiola rosea and CO2 extracted THC distillate for the perfect energy boost.
The latest confection to join the byky lineup is the 1:1 mint ganache bon bon released this month! Made with creamy coconut butter, real peppermint extract, cordyceps mushroom, moringa, and a balanced ratio of CBD and CO2 extracted THC distillate, these bon bons are designed to relax and offer a melt-in-your-mouth experience to remember!
We recently sat down with Ky to chat about her journey, her love of chocolate, and her partnership with Solar. READ THE FULL INTERVIEW in our digital magazine STONED: