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Dispensary & Marijuana Reviews

  • Reviewed 2/4/19

Chem Dawg - 500mg Cartridge

3
Strength

Just like they say

True to strain. Another ABX little miracle. Just like they say, the strain is not light. Hard to ignore. Good body relief and relaxation, with strong sensory and mental alerting but in a friendly, benign way. Unusual.

Seems there's always an occasion coming up that this just might fit to a T.

Last edited by Fernand on 2/4/19 at 12:40 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 2/3/19

SFV OG - 500mg Cartridge

3
Strength
S+I
Type

A crowd-pleaser

I love ABX's strain-specific carts, because I'm a strain nazi. They are tasty and mellow, each type is distinct, and that's a gift from the gods. This here is a little different. In my humble opinion, the Loud & Clears cater to the less discerning, perhaps younger, stoner. For ABX, it's smart economics to address that market too. Cool.
Want more more THC? Need to get there, faster? This be your ride.

Last edited by Fernand on 2/2/19 at 5:50 PM Pacific

  • Reviewed 2/2/19

A great cart to keep in your kit

A valuable "snap to attention" effect. The cart itself is quite well-made, and it doesn't take much, so if you apply power gradually, and never over 5-7 watts, it will last a long time. Highly recommended.

  • Reviewed 12/26/18

Purple Punch Elite - 500mg

3
Strength

This isn't for everyone

There's an arms race taking place. Now that carts are a leading delivery system, the vendors feel compelled by market demand to chase the highest possible THC level, along with the most appealing taste. Yeah, but for whom? This review applies to several Select carts I've tried.

I heard it from less experienced users, that Select carts are very strong and taste the best. The problem is that they don't taste anything like the strain they are labeled as. The immediate impression on taste is an oddly strong fruity flavoring. Then the harshness hits. Then it just feels like a tsunami of generic THC, though not like the purest THC I've had, either. I felt dizzy, and was nursing a headache the next morning. Was it strong? Yes. Was it enjoyable? not.

I don't claim to know their process, they talk about re-introducing terpenes. But terpenes are only a part of a strain's personality anyway. Nobody that I know of fully understands which of the plant's 150+ components determine a strain's unique effects. Sublime have access to the technology, and I don't aim to disrespect them; I trust they can/will make a better cart. As it stands, It's not really a strain-specific product.

Does it matter? Experienced users look for a strain's very specific effects that you get with flowers or a strain-specific concentrate. The surprising difference between strains is one of the great accomplishments of plant geneticists and growers over the last 40 years. I feel sorry for the nubies who've never had a chance to sip on a real Red Congolese with morning coffee, or a fine OG Kush after dinner. A flavored blast o' THC doesn't cut it.

I'll probably try sinking the 2 grams I got into an edible, hoping it's fully decarboxylated, but this isn't something I'd ever buy again.

Rose Gold Sativa - 400mg Vape Pen

3
Strength
S
Type

Environmental issues

Beboe makes great stuff. Their pastilles are wonderful and responsibly packaged in an attractive biodegradable child-proof cardboard box with a steel tin inside. It actually makes me smile every time I reach for them. Enter these vape pens. They look gorgeous. But now we not only have a disposable cartridge to toss, but even a disposable lithium battery to contaminate the planet.

Reusable rechargeable batteries are widely available, and more responsible. I'm not an eco-freak, and I certainly don't want to single out Beboe, but this joins the ranks of top 10 offensive drug litter underfoot, next to discarded sharps. Let's be smarter, set a better example and avoid this type of product, from any vendor.

Last edited by Fernand on 12/26/18 at 12:52 AM Pacific

Headband Elite Weekender - 300mg

Drug litter

I don't much like Select's carts because they strike me as a blast of fruity-flavored generic THC. But now I'm really unhappy, to see them promote the disposable pen fad. That's all we need, more toss-able lithium batteries. Top 10 drug litter underfoot, next to the sharps. . I can already see the do-gooders sneering, and for good reason. Not cool.

Last edited by Fernand on 12/26/18 at 1:16 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 12/16/18

The subtle pastille

These are great for people who aren't out for a destructo-stone, but really like cannabis for balance. The packaging is smart, all biodegradable cardboard, subtle with a red sand Arizona vibe, and a lovely painted metal tin inside. You open it, and a delicious natural waft of black currant and cannabis says hello. The taste is great, a sweet sour fruit plus bubble hash treat. They are cleverly formulated to dissolve well in your mouth and come on pretty fast. Like with sweet tarts, the temptation is there to chew, more than one.

The effect is mostly energizing sativa but without weebie-jeebies, kind of a grounded sativa. The assay varies a bit batch to batch but is around 4-5mg THC plus 4-5 mg CBD. One is perfect for a lift if you have a low tolerance. After buying one box, I sucked on a pastille and within half an hour was back to get two more boxes. Lovely. Great to have in the glove compartment, in your work desk, etc.

Last edited by Fernand on 12/16/18 at 3:03 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 12/7/18

Grand Daddy Purple- 500mg Cartridge

3
Strength
I
Type

A wonnaful vape

I'm not usually an Indica fan. They tend to sedation, then couch lock - though at least you're not heading for Sativa type anxiety. There aren't many pure Cannabis strains available, it's all mostly hybrids, so the terms "indica" and "sativa" are indicators more than anything. But the difference is real. GrandDaddy Purple flowers have a fine Indica profile. Mellow and calming. But it's not a brow-beater. In fact, it's got enough Sativa genes to be gently alerting.

Enter cartridges. Very very few carts on the market offer a strain-specific experience. Where if you've loved say Durban Poison flowers you'll recognize them in a cart labeled as such. It's mostly BS. The current practice is to take a THC distillate and maybe add some lesser cannabinoids, but mainly flavor it with terpenes from wherever and essential oils so it tastes oh so lovely and it gets the kids stoned. And, I admit, some of those are nice, the way a peppy wine cooler compares to a vintage Cabernet.

Carts have great potential. But experienced cannabis lovers are after specific effects. You might want to pick say a speedy Congolese in the morning, or a happy go lucky Durban for a party, or a laid back Granddaddy Purple, and not just a blast of industrial strength THC in Fruity Loop flavoring. So far, the most strain-specific carts I've found are ABXs. They somehow retain each varietal's taste and (especially) effects. What a gift a little presentation case with one of each type would make. So thank you, guys, some of us care!

This Granddaddy Purple cart feels like the real thing. Not a wake and bake run to work type strain. Great in the evening, or on a lazy Sunday, smooth without grounding you. A great Indica like this can be tuned to the situation, make you better, not blasted. I imagine that when you're after something more ... dense, you can push the dose and get there too.

The carts are about 1.2 ohms. I wish you could vape down to the last drop, I think they're working on that. If you don't have one of their custom battery bases, use an adjustable mod. I think they work best preheated at a couple of watts, then vaped at 5-7 watts. Don't overheat. Don't burn it. Take your time. That's the Indica spirit anyway, right?

Last edited by Fernand on 12/8/18 at 11:36 PM Pacific

  • Reviewed 10/24/18

Star Dawg Dabaratus

That's a gram?

I got these for blending up medicine for a very sick patient. I needed a clean high THC distillate with no risk of infection. It's clear and lovely and fragrant. Whether the tasty terpenes and secondary cannabinoids are related to the strain on the label doesn't matter, in this instance, as it was all about THC for the patient.

But I also needed accurate dosing. With crude syringes a supplier could (unfairly) argue that the residue, that you can't get out, no way, short of heroic procedures, is part of the net weight. Not here. The Dabaratus is a brilliant design. Each click dispenses an even amount, and the thin metal tip is great. If you click and click you get all the stuff out; there's no question that you got it all.

And in my case, since it was all going into a tared mini beaker on a milligram scale, I can tell you that it weighed nowhere near a gram. I got 801 milligrams. About 20% short. Not acceptable, especially for a medical application.

A reviewer said he's going back to buying "black" as it's cheaper. But, in that demographic, how's the QA? Well, for one thing, a 20% short could get you retired, muy rapidamente.

Last edited by Fernand on 10/24/18 at 12:32 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 9/9/18

Rio Sour Diesel - 500mg Cartridge

3
Strength
S
Type

Just like they say ...

I don't think this is an exact Sour Diesel, but it's not worse. It tastes very fine, and it's got some specific effects, with way more personality than pure THC distillate, so they've seemingly restored something of the minor cannabinoids, flavonoids and/or terpenes. Or just terpened it to the max. However they did it, it's just like they say, an upbeat strain, exuberant, recognizably Sativa. Very tasty flavor and head, like a morning in a Fuji film orchard before going out on the (technicolor) town.

Any old 3.7 volt battery can work with it, because it's a 2.4 ohm cart. I've used it on an old non-adjustable Joyetech eGo battery I had. The cart works OK if you pulse it a bit to preheat it, and run it around 5 watts. Not as many tokes as some other carts., maybe more efficient.

The glass tip came off twice and I had to hot glue it back on, but it's so golden pretty and juicy fruity that it was well worth repairing.

Last edited by Fernand on 12/20/18 at 10:30 PM Pacific

  • Reviewed 8/29/18

Sour Diesel - 500mg Cartridge

3
Strength
S
Type

What a few years cann do. I like.

Three years after I reviewed these, they are now improved all around, and they were already getting good 3 years ago.

The cartridge is not yet fully state of the art (see below), but it's very serviceable. if you pre-warm at say 3 watts and then run at just a few watts, personally I like 5.5 watts (that's 2.5-2.6 volts), these deliver very tasty and effective vapor. If you overheat the cart, you WILL get thick smoke, but you may regret it. You will burn your oil on the wick/coil, so 1) this particular cartridge will forever taste like crap., and 2) you will feel like a fool. Use a "mod" or pen that lets you at least accurately set the wattage. And start low, get a sense of what this can be before you obliterate it with that 200 watt mod from the county e-cig Fat Clouds contest.

The contents of the ABX carts are strain-specific, and that's critical for many medical users. In my case only the Diesel type strains work on my lumbar condition. Not everyone knows that many carts on the market contain bulk THC distillate that's "flavored" with terpenes to taste awesome, get you stoned, but they don't contain all of the (many) compounds that give each variety its unique effects. Some terpene vendors are already offering silly fruity flavors to add "market appeal" to the artisan's "cartridge product". Judging by the jack Herer, GDP, OG Kush and Sour Diesel that I tried recently, ABX uses a production method that actually retains (or restores) each strain's distinct "whole plant profile". A lovely tasting smooth vape to savor with, e.g. a cup of coffee. Bravo!

I don't go by the THC content alone. In practice the difference between 65% and 83% is most of all in how harsh it vapes. I haven't enjoyed alternatives with those highest THC levels as much.

All in all a 5 star+ winner. A dab in your pocket. Not a juicy fake gummy bear flavor, the real deal, in a good enough cartridge.

[edit ... the latest ABX carts I've gotten use a new CCell type that you can vape down to the bottom. They are more than "good enough". They're great in every respect. Their little pen batteries with 4 power settings (counting pre-warm) and the elegant case, that lets you carry 3 carts at the ready, say a Sativa, and Indica and a CBD, deserve extra points. I keep that case in my breast pocket. I'm a fan.]

Last edited by Fernand on 12/24/18 at 1:07 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 8/17/18

Relief Pen (200 Doses) - 500mg

A bit unspecific relief, but what a pen!

This isn't easy to review. I'm a veteran of vaping in general, it got me off cigarettes almost 10 years ago. I've purchased, modified and, built all manner of vaping devices. I can testify that the dosist pen itself is AMAZING, second to none. If it continues to meter out doses reasonably accurately to the end, I'll be beyond impressed.

That said, I've also tried a lot of cannabis strains, and the dosist Relief formulation is not effective on my lumbar + sciatica chronic pain. It works better "higher up". I think everyone might have to do their own strain-hunting to get a handle on what works best for them.

The Relief formula feels like a heavy-handed indica, the CBD keeps yer head down. These are not weak doses. It's a non-specific analgesic action, and it's dependent on the psychoactive effect too. As I vaped the second toke of the hour, I drifted towards couch-lock, and a bit of dizziness. And it lasted a pretty long time. It's not what I'm after, it's too ... stunning.

But with the miracle pen, it's a 4 star product. If the $100 package gives you 100 effective (double) doses, that's not even way over-priced. A lot of people may well be happy enough with this effect. After comparing with the Arouse formula (that I prefer), I understand the idea better, and I'm impressed with, the "re-constituting" approach that dosist takes.

As to Relief, I've found plain flower strains that, vaped at the right temperature, work magic on my neuropathies, and ping a little extra spirit without scrambling or mashing my head, and that's my idea of perfect relief. A bit cheaper too.

But the practicality of the little pen -- if you find a dosist formulation that's useful to you -- is un-beatable. No edges, all rounded and smooth, It just slips in your pocket like magic. The vapor doesn't even smell quite like cannabis. Certainly worth trying. I do wish they made swappable parts so we could inexpensively sample small portions of ALL the formulas.

Arouse Pen (200 Doses) - 500mg

2
Strength
S+I
Type

One of the most unusual cannabis "strains".

This does not feel like any strain I've ever had, for good reason. Dosist reconstitutes cannabis oil after first disassembling it into the individual compounds. Those of us who favor Sativas will naturally want to try this "arousing" formula.

I expected more "up". But the most surprising part is that there was ZERO element of anxiety or Sativa style critical self exploration, you know THAT drill. This stuff puts some wind in your sails, without being at all racy. I'd say it's even OK for people who are very sensitive to the anxiety associated with overdoing Sativas.

It's a bit like a Durban Poison, in that it has a mixed up/down and friendly profile, but clearer. It's the strangest feeling, a bit like having one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. It's hitting a lot of receptors from different sides, in ways that you don't usually encounter. Clever formula. And a single dose isn't weak, just don't waste it, slowly inhale the wispy vapor all in.

The pen is beyond amazing, smooth like a pebble, drop it in a jacket pocket, that's all you need. No propane torch, no welding gloves, no matches. no papers, no glassware. No odor. A light scent from the vapor, not quite like cannabis. I'm hoping it holds up, and meters out accurately to the end. So far? Best pen in the world. The formula? Jury's still out on this atypical profile, I'm not really drawn to it, but it's not useless.

I do wish there was an inexpensive way to sample small amounts of all the formulations, like a swappable part, to help find one's best choice(s) before buying a big pen.

Last edited by Fernand on 8/17/18 at 3:45 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 7/29/18

Relief Pen (50 Doses) - 185mg

3
Strength
I
Type

A bit unspecific relief, but what a pen!

This isn't easy to review. I'm a veteran of vaping in general, it got me off cigarettes almost 10 years ago. I've purchased, modified and, built all manner of vaping devices. I can testify that the dosist pen itself is AMAZING, second to none. If it continues to meter out doses reasonably accurately to the end, I'll be beyond impressed.

That said, I've also tried a lot of cannabis strains, and the dosist Relief formulation is not effective on my lumbar + sciatica chronic pain. It works better "higher up". I think everyone might have to do their own strain-hunting to get a handle on what works best for them.

The Relief formula feels like a heavy-handed indica, the CBD keeps yer head down. These are not weak doses. It's a non-specific analgesic action, and it's dependent on the psychoactive effect too. As I vaped the second toke of the hour, I drifted towards couch-lock, and a bit of dizziness. And it lasted a pretty long time. It's not what I'm after, it's too ... stunning.

But with the miracle pen, it's a 4 star product. If the $100 package gives you 100 effective (double) doses, that's not even way over-priced. A lot of people may well be happy enough with this effect. After comparing with the Arouse formula (that I prefer), I understand the idea better, and I'm impressed with, the "re-constituting" approach that dosist takes.

As to Relief, I've found plain flower strains that, vaped at the right temperature, work magic on my neuropathies, and ping a little extra spirit without scrambling or mashing my head, and that's my idea of perfect relief. A bit cheaper too.

But the practicality of the little pen -- if you find a dosist formulation that's useful to you -- is un-beatable. No edges, all rounded and smooth, It just slips in your pocket like magic. The vapor doesn't even smell quite like cannabis. Certainly worth trying. I do wish they made swappable parts so we could inexpensively sample small portions of ALL the formulas.

Last edited by Fernand on 7/31/18 at 3:35 PM Pacific

Arouse Pen (50 Doses) - 185mg

3
Strength
S+I
Type

One of the most unusual cannabis "strains".

This does not feel like any strain I've ever had, for good reason. Dosist reconstitutes cannabis oil after first disassembling it into the individual compounds. Those of us who favor Sativas will naturally want to try this "arousing" formula.

I expected more "up". But the most surprising part is that there was ZERO element of anxiety or Sativa style critical self exploration, you know THAT drill. This stuff puts some wind in your sails, without being at all racy. I'd say it's even OK for people who are very sensitive to the anxiety associated with overdoing Sativas.

It's a bit like a Durban Poison, in that it has a mixed up/down and friendly profile, but clearer. It's the strangest feeling, a bit like having one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. It's hitting a lot of receptors from different sides, in ways that you don't usually encounter. Clever formula. And a single dose isn't weak, just don't waste it, slowly inhale the wispy vapor all in.

The tiny pen is beyond amazing, smooth like a pebble, drop it in a jacket pocket, that's all you need. No propane torch, no welding gloves, no matches. no papers, no glassware. No odor. A light scent from the vapor, not quite like cannabis. I'm hoping it holds up, and meters out accurately to the end. So far? Best pen in the world. The formula? Jury's still out on this atypical profile, I'm not really drawn to it, but it's not useless.

I do wish there was an inexpensive way to sample small amounts of all the formulations, like a swappable part, to help find one's best choice(s) before buying a big pen.

Last edited by Fernand on 8/17/18 at 3:41 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 7/4/15

Rhino Pellet Cookie

Dispensary:
CBCB

A Good moderate cookie

I got a couple of these as my initiation bonus at CBCB. They said it was "light", and "pretty Sativa", and around 10mg THC. Good thing I checked, and someone, maybe the baker, ran an assay, as they're around 30mg per.

For my wife a quarter cookie on an empty stomach was perfect. I ate a half, and it felt like 15mg. What was accurately presented was that it's unthreatening. Mellow. Felt no unbalanced Sativa flutter/anxieties. No extensive experience yet, but it looks like it's a much better way to spend two fifty than say a Frappucino.

The cookie side is an uneventful butter cookie with a cannabis note. Beats eating a tenth of a Black Bar and struggling with the overwhelming taste temptation to devour the rest.

  • Reviewed 6/16/15

Super Sour Diesel Oil

Not my kind

It's hard to say if I can be objective, but I know the Sour Diesel branch of the Cannabis phenotype pretty well. I have, on hand, small portions of at least a dozen different Diesel genres and relatives, like Chiesel, Ogiesel, Purple Diesel, Original Diesel, NYC Diesel and Sour Diesel in flower, supermelt, clear and dark oil, and so on. I'm a Diesel fan, because it's wakey yet it relieves my sciatica pain.

This was my first foray into the [Super Silver Haze + Sour Diesel] hybridization. Having read all the reviews, it seemed like this strain could be an improved SD. But is this oil a representative sample of the strain? How can I know? Let's stick to what I can observe. This particular amber oil, vaped off a high resistance Kanthal coil, heated gradually to 425+ degrees F, has a nice flavor, not all that Diesely. I was still expecting energetics, but this didn't feel like a lanky Sativa or African wakey, and it didn't feel like an Indica body melt. It mostly felt like a large bag was being placed over my head. After some pushing and shoving, a weight upon me noggin' developed, and then I was looking out of the bag through a very noticeable headache.

Most of the dark oils at BPG are very good, and a very good deal. This one I would consider below par, veterinary grade. Folks who just aim to get wasted might find it cost-effectively up to the task: it's not weak.

Last edited by Fernand on 6/18/15 at 4:10 PM Pacific

  • Reviewed 6/5/15

Sour Diesel - 500mg Cartridge

3
Strength
S+I
Type

A better cart, a nice oil. Yup yup.

I've been building my own carts of different types, using 100% dark oils, clear oils, with or without EJ-Mix, with all sorts of different atomizer mechanisms. People complain about carts whose contents are allegedly cut with "glycerin" or "anti-freeze glycols" without having the foggiest idea of what they speak.

[This review was about the 2015 cart. Of historical value. In 2018 carts are much much better]

Glycerin doesn't dissolve cannabis oils, and propylene glycol separates from oils too. There ARE specific blends of glycols that can make a suspension with oils, the way cosmetic makers blend oily and watery elements. Where glycols are used they are used not to cheat the user but to make wicking possible. You cannot directly apply e-cig technology to cannabis oils, it's tricky. Folks, please stop bitching and look at what's technically possible. I personally don't care for the taste of glycols, but if adding 25% of EJ-Mix makes a cart wick 2x better, so be it.

It looks like Absolute Extracts has managed to create a system that works pretty well with its CO2 oils without adding glycols. They somehow make the oil just thin enough to feed/wick ok. I've only had this a few days, so far so good. But please be realistic.
-- Do not carry such carts in warm weather right side up, or they WILL leak out the bottom.
-- Let the cart warm up gradually at low voltage on an adjustable battery. As the oil warms up it starts wicking much better.
-- Then draw slowly, pulsing the battery. If you are in a hurry, or take big drags, you WILL burn the oil, and that is irreparable. It's different on a titanium nail or mesh.

Once the silica wick gets crusted with burned oil, it wicks and tastes like road-kill, and the only thing you can do is try to promptly pull the remaining oil out and into a different atomizer before it too turns to road-kill. The resistance, BTW, on this cart is 2.2 ohms, but I would still try to run it below 3.4 volts if you can.

For me carts are a great way to inhale a couple of tokes, helps me walk better. They don't replace a nail and torch, or the legendary "8 back to back bong hits".

Now as to the specific strain, it does seem rather like a Diesel type, not yet sure which, but thankfully the brain-shuffler effect of many other Sativas isn't prominent. It's true that if you push the dose on any Sativa type, you'll likely enter anxiety territory. A really good Diesel IMHO offers a wide margin between feeling energized and feeling ill at ease. Vaping SD flowers, even SD waxes, is mellower for me. With this oil 4 hits feels a bit too racy.

[Later]. WAY too racy. In fact, if I can't get by on one toke, the second one starts scrambling, the third adds anxiety, the fourth is definitely regrets. This review is positive on the Absolute Xtracts oil and cart system, but this strain, this batch, gets a thumbs down.

These sorts of carts go for a buck or so empty, so is this a good deal? And it seems a bit shy of a half gram. But the convenience is definitely there, the oil looks clear and lovely, the quality is there too, it just tastes much better than any of the carts filled with opaque trim-leaf stew and glycols.

I prefer smaller portions in the carts, because they do invariably fail - they're disposable. If you don't burn them, the positive terminal tends to get pushed in. When you try to pull it out a bit, say with a toothpick, sooner or later it breaks the connection to the coil, and that's all she wrote. Repair is very difficult on these; lucky if you can even salvage contents.

Overall I'd say these carts are a win. Just remember not to rush. And try to pick a low risk strain.

Last edited by Fernand on 8/26/18 at 7:11 PM Pacific

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  • Reviewed 5/15/15

GoldMist 1x

3
Strength
S+I
Type

Changed my mind

I found my little spray bottle while traveling. I had forgotten all about it in my shaving kit.

On this trip I had been SO unhappy with my limited walking; I suffer from a nasty sciatica. Normally walking and standing for a half hour makes for an unhappy and wincing camper, with electric carving knife sensations in the leg, and a dumb pain in the lower back. My Rx sched II meds help but I can sometimes nod out before the pain is down. At home, Sour Diesel works wonders, almost like an epidural, downright spooky how well that strain family works, specifically on lumbar neuro, and that it's ALSO a wakey strain is like winning the lottery. But of course you'd be crazy to carry such a redolent herb or its extract into jurisdictions where they like to shoot and hang us, to please God or Uncle Sam.

Imagine my surprise and joy upon finding the little spray bottle, 90% full , next to my toothpaste. Since there are no terpenes or flavanoids in this extract of extracts, no scent other than cloves. You just *might* want to test it with dogs before traveling say to Singapore. It was an oversight on my part. But now that we're here, let me just say that IF you grasp "the level", namely an equivalent in THC of ~ 3 mg per spray, and use it right, you can work with it.

My previous testing wasn't ideal. Smearing the administration over hours is the worst way to try it, because it prevents any clear sense of the immediate versus delayed effects. We can call one spray equal to a vaporizer toke of a top shelf herb. It's neither an Indica nor a Sativa effect, really. It's unique. But it DID help my sciatica pain - quite a bit. Though there's something to the wet blanket metaphor. Because it's an eaten vs. inhaled effect. It's a bit heavy and affects mood more than it affects perception, etc.

If you are a VERY LIGHT cannabis user, one spray right under the tongue is perfect to calibrate, check the state. If a LIGHT user, go for two. Do give it a solid 15 minutes to kick in.

Last edited by Fernand on 5/24/15 at 3:29 PM Pacific

  • Reviewed 12/25/14

Gorilla Glue Oil

2
Strength
I+S
Type

Who's this one for?

This oil is fine. Test(ed) at 78%. For $15 a g(!). But this is a subtle gorilla. It's serious medicine, I don't think it's for the get fucked up crowd - because the effect is so specific. I don't really notice the high THC much. It's rather masked or antagonized by other components. So there's no squirrel cage shutter-flutter, no anxieties, no confusion, and some might say "no big high". For social anxiety, it would be a good choice. It's balanced, more on the Indica side -- that unquestionably comes through with a good body melt, and I can believe the reports of couch lock w/ large amounts. Thing is, I wouldn't dream of wasting it that way.

In small amounts it's a blessing for those living with pain. It's the most atypical cannabis I've ever sampled. It almost feels like puffs of ope, or like those hash&ope balls we'd once upon a time get from Afghanistan. Calm and measured, uplifted mood, and with significant pain relief, not limited to the legs and back. Long lasting. After a while I notice a subtle secondary boost, sensory, and mildly psychedelic thoughts come in. I haven't fully figured it out. On the negatives, I'd say it's not as clear-headed as e.g. my favorite Diesels. It lasts, but as it decays I get a little fuzzy and sleepy, with a tiny bit of headache maybe, eyes a bit redder than I'd have guessed (so it's relaxing blood vessels well).

Focus? I judge that by time perception. If time seems to expand, so that I look at my watch and I'm surprised that only 10 minutes have gone by, it means my head is running "at a higher frame rate". More thoughts per second. Focused. Diesels stretch time a lot, this Gorilla Glue stretches time a little. I can focus on tasks, maybe a smidge slowed down and side-tracked, but keep going. The pain relief allows all sorts of heroic feats, like walking around without wincing and enjoying it. Thank you, Gorilla!

As I read many more reviews, I'm thinkin' this oil may not have been a typical Gorilla Glue #4. Many other people report a less body-centric effect from this strain. So, somebody, get some from a later batch and tell us how it affected you.

Last edited by Fernand on 4/18/16 at 12:44 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 12/22/14

Green Hornet,(I)Fruit Gummies

3
Strength
I
Type

Good and predictable

I was happy with the Sativa version, so I tried the Indica. Fruity gummies. Very nice. I would only suggest they color the two varieties differently. No idea how they relate to the caramel-shaped Cheeba Chews.

I think for many this is a 6 dose unit, and at $12 it's a good buy. Now a 2 gram piece of the gummy being 1/6 of the package, that works out to around 12 mg of THC, my kind of dose, tad on the high side. One gram is better for subtle medicating. Or just eat the whole 12 grams and see what happens. You won't die. Like my friend who after a heavy smoke hid under the desk at work so they wouldn't notice he was a little "off".

Best way to use the gummy IMHO is to let it dissolve in your mouth, and not just swallow it.

I knew the curve on the Sativa, and this is a little different. The Sativa has a faster and decidedly lighter headier effect. More up, as you would expect, but with anxiety potential. The last time I sucked 2 grams of the Sativa gummy I was a while in the shower, warm, but at times feeling worried and guilty about all sorts of stuff. But then I felt lightly energized and OK. The Indica Green Hornet won't do either, it's a more mellowed, more bodily and longer lasting effect. Where the Sativa activity evaporates pretty fast, like 3 hours, the Indica persisted for several hours with the brain in a slowed down (but pretty undamaged) mode. I left off with a slight headache, but that could have been a coincidence. For me a quarter of the bar would put me in mild couch-lock.

The fact that I could take 2 grams of this and have it match pretty well in strength to 2 grams of their Sativa gummy was very impressive. Once you know your reaction to the Green Hornets, you can have some of both on hand, cut them into appropriate pieces, and carry them around to apply to your life as needed. It's doable, but you'd have to be pretty savvy to smell anything beyond flavoring from these. I'd throw them in with some other strongly fruitified candy, maybe jelly bellies, or some Haribo Colas, and feel pretty stealthy. So, yeah, Sativa and Indica, both Cheeba Chews' Green Hornets, they rrrrrock!

Last edited by Fernand on 12/22/14 at 3:16 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 12/10/14

Cali Gold H2O

2
Strength
I+S
Type

So how do you rate it?

No question this a good quality H2O-separated trichome hash. It's generously cost-effective. With a little heat it crumbles nicely, just the thing to sprinkle or knead into some herb or tobacco (London style). Excellent in a micro pipe. In most vaporizers it's gonna be tricky. I tried crumbling 0.020 g of it (that's $0.20) into a powder and pulse vaping it straight off the standard screen of a Magical Flight Launch Box, and that worked reasonably well.

As far as the strain goes, it's got a fair body effect, but also enough of that runaway card-shuffler effect that it's not my type. If the question is, with increasing amounts, whether couch lock or confusion will get you first, I'd say confusion. Good for those "let's get f**ked up" occasions. I think they call that "recreational".

One insight it gave me, as I stood in the shower wondering if I'd lathered my head once or twice, is that since it takes an effort to keep your brain together while you're dosed with THC, THAT strengthens your mind, much like resistance training, or running with a 100 lb backpack, develops your muscles.

Last edited by Fernand on 12/9/14 at 5:02 PM Pacific

Grandaddy Purple

3
Strength
I
Type

A new classic

One of the great Indicas. It's a warm and friendly cocoon POV, and not just sedation. It was one of the three exemplaries my first time bud-tender suggested: GDP for the Indica, Red Congolese for a pure Sativa, and Harlequin for a high CBD strain. Smart guy, no? There are interesting Indicas that can get you moving, and there are some that lay you out, this one is one elbow up off the couch. Nice.

Last edited by Fernand on 12/9/14 at 6:34 PM Pacific

  • Reviewed 11/24/14

CanniSoothe Cherry Menthol Lozenges

I can relate

Just wanted to say that I understand your frustration. The sheer number of uninformative ways to label edibles is unfortunate. People! From your materials you can easily figure out the amount of THC per unit or per unit weight, and put it on the package! We can take it from there. Please!

  • Reviewed 7/21/14

Girl Scout Cookies CO2 Oil

3
Strength

Yeah, but

I don't know where to register my humble complaint, it applies to all the Honey Oils. Nothing wrong with the oils. The Master Kush I got is both flavorful and strong. The syringe is terrible. The problem is that you can't transfer the oil to a lot of small devices because the syringe tip is bleh. For instance, you could mix in say 1/2 the contents to a O-Pen-Vape cart and end up with something better.

But if you try to put a thick needle on it, say a 14 gauge, you find that a lot of hypo needles cannot fit this syringe. I understand cost constraints, but why, and how how are you supposed to transfer the oil? I sure ended up with a big sticky waste. A standard syringe, a Leuer-lock that holds the needle would be great. Or a little globule with a tip like PureGold uses. I suppose one could try tapering the syringe end with a razor blade. Anyway, plan before ya squeeze.

Last edited by Fernand on 7/20/14 at 7:52 PM Pacific

  • Reviewed 7/18/14

Animal Cookies Oil

3
Strength
I
Type

Black n' Dank?

The ZigZag Adjudication! Judging an oil by the color on papers !? I dunno where these legends start. Good oils can range from dark dark green-brown all the way to light yellow clear. The clear highly purified 80+% THC material is powerful, sometimes with very good flavor, but it's more or less stripped of flower-nature. It naturally retains less of the aromatic terpenes and flavanoids that contribute to each strain's unique properties. The darker oils are IMHO closer to complete juice o' the bud. And even a hint o' green chlorophyll never hurt anyone.

Yes, oils are practical, portable and interesting to explore. But it makes perfect sense that the most complete cannabis, the real deal, the one and only, is the flower. Especially for medical conditions, where peculiarities of the strain interact with peculiarities of the patient. And it's like an oil painting with millions of colors and all the nuances, compared to an ink drawing. Like a pipe organ versus a flute. I love clear transparent oils. But the best approximation of vaping the flower is dabbing an oil with MORE, not fewer, of the flower's many components. I rest my case. Regarding consistency, who knows. So far so good.

As to this batch of Animal Cookies Oil, I think it's great, at any price. A quality Indica with a strong POV, good body relief and little of the low end Indica drag. Reminds me of a Master Kush but, not sure how to express this, whereas Master Kush has a narrow but clear tunnel of focus out from the body melt, this Animal Cookies Oil offers a "wider POV". At the cost of being not as clear. A smidge fuzzy, though it could get funny. More social. In small amounts a lovely afternoon mitigator, a few more tokes for a wonderful after-dinner vape.

Last edited by Fernand on 6/18/15 at 3:54 PM Pacific

  • Reviewed 7/9/14

Pure Gold Plus

Not for everyone

.. but dissing Pure Gold as overpriced hash oil is like knocking everclear for costing more than vodka. It's a mix of completely separated cannabinoids in a ratio that provides a specific bright and undopey but not long lasting effect. The taste is unique. If heated carefully it vapes well and it's more economical gram for gram than dabbing a wax or oil. The Plus has some plant terpenes added in addition to or in place of the 5% Limonene to broaden the spectrum, and and tastes/smells different yet.

  • Reviewed 6/16/14

Pure Gold

Not a half gram o' dank bud

If you read a bit about what they are offering, it's clear that Pure Gold may not be appropriate for people who are dropping grams of scrapings on a red hot chunk of titanium heated with a torch, and hold that up as a reference standard. Different "demographic". To each his(/her) own. There are different applications for different extracts and concentrates. As to whether this refined extract is cost-effective and suitable for your needs, you'll have to make your own determination. I think it's unique and extremely useful. The effect is a focused sensory and cerebral sharpening, a couple of tokes on the go is great. I've never felt the urge to push it, seems like that could spoil it.

Last edited by Fernand on 7/18/14 at 5:43 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 6/12/14

Green Hornet,(s)Mixed Fruit Gummies

2
Strength
S
Type

Good clear sativa

Let's see, there's how much cannabis oil in here? At what strength? They do say 70 mg of THC. Divide by 12 gives 5.8 mg THC per gram of candy. So around 18 mg per 1/4 of the whole 12 gram "Quad dose" package. Seems about right.

It melts nicely in the mouth, which speeds up absorption. Relatively short acting that way, say 2-3 hours for a lighter 2 grams o' gummy (~12 mg THC), with a fast, manageable and agreeable sort of head. Good if you had plans in the physical plane. No idea what happens if you eat a whole package, the dude that did hasn't reported back yet, but his eyes are moving and everything.

  • Reviewed 5/7/14

Cannabis Coconut Oil - Sativa

3
Strength
S
Type

An honest sativa edible

It's a solid paste, like a margarine. Won't complain too much about the homemade consistency. It could be better blended and filtered. Tastes great in food. And it's a very good and complete sativa, downright energetic, and not anxiety-causing. The numbers on the package are very useful and believable, and that's great, as it's not often "edible people" actually bother providing useful info. A teaspoon is 5 ml, and that weighs close to 5 grams. There's about 30mg of THC in that amount. That's the kind of contents info we need, and we can then very easily adjust dosage by weight, or measuring spoons. Surprisingly the dispensaries don't insist on it, but at least here's a positive model.

I had good effects several times at 1/2 tsp. A few days later, my wife was recovering from an upper respiratory infection and ate about 1/3 tsp or 10 mg of THC worth. She got violently nauseous 5-6 hrs later. And all night. I had developed the same resp infection later, with cough etc and no GI symptoms, and also suffered acid stomach and nausea 6 hrs after adding 1/2 tsp in my morning coffee. Never had such a reaction to an edible before. Now we're baffled and afraid to try it again, as it was quite unpleasant. Was this jar poorly mixed, with some irritant in pockets??? Or was it all due to the infection interacting with the cannabis? No idea. Just reporting.
After a few days I gathered my courage and tried 1/2 tsp in a caffe latte. No nausea, nice uplifting effects. So it was the infection interacting with cannabis. Nothing wrong with this product. Interesting that it was recently reported that a rare reaction to chronic cannabis intake is a nausea that is alleviated by (of all things!) hot showers.

Last edited by Fernand on 5/20/14 at 3:08 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 4/8/14

Sour Melt

1
Strength
S+I
Type
So
Flavor

A hint of its parents

... but a lackluster offspring. I shoulda known, the fragrance was weak. It's a Sour Diesel (SD) of sorts, there's that diesely taste, and it hints at it too, i.e. focused, with positive energy, pain in lower spine and legs is reduced, but the whole thing is diminished and off base, compared to a top shelf SD. So you'd think you could just vape more to overcome the weak effects, but then the characteristic right temporal headache, that's barely noticeable on a good SD, will get (more) unpleasant. In the context of the superb buds on hand, this is largely a wasted $10. Maybe we'll find a way to use it, he said, glancing at the household animals. Gentle reader, get a real Sour Diesel, or a Chiesel, for a few bucks more, and be amazed.

Maple Nut Caramels Large (13/Pack)

Shouldn't complain

I just don't know if edibles are for me. It's always a bit of a crap shoot. And unless you DO overdo it, it's just not all that anything. I guess this one is more Indica, it brings a significant degree of stupor. I took one, thought that, hey, at an hour and a half, it's fairly tame. Took another. One of those potentially memorable "big mistakes".

By a great effort I was able to handle a number of office activities involving copiers, computers, people and cars. But it wasn't a lot of fun, whereas my favorite vapes would have made it a gas. The strange thing is that I felt diminished enough to not bother observing the effects all that carefully. It was just a "wasted" kind of afternoon, no vivid anything. Maybe this is what they mean by "relaxed"? So, it's just not my thing, I guess. Maybe a Sativa would at least throw a little Cerebral Video Circuit overload into the mix.

But a caramel is indeed a solid "half dose", if by "full dose" you mean something like a brontosaurus settling down by your head. So it's indeed fairly economical. [Not quite as much as the Cannabis in Coconut Oil, which in a 4 oz jar (120 ml), contains 24 5 ml teaspoons, each carrying 30 mg of THC. At $40 a jar, that's $0.83 per 15mg dose].

The candy is delicious, with little chunks of nuts, it melts to divine caramel in your mouth in such a way as to suggest another. As in "get it over with, eat 'em all". Don't give in. Do not leave out for guests either, as a friendship is a terrible thing to waste. Do not use to test how obedient your dog is when left alone with a big tempting bowl of yummies on the bed, as you'll never know what he might have been.

Last edited by Fernand on 12/22/14 at 4:04 AM Pacific

  • Reviewed 3/13/14

GoldMist 1x

1
Strength
I
Type

Not THAT useless

I guess the correct dose is two spritz under the tongue or on the gums. Not sure where I got that idea. Yes, it can sting. So after 2 sprays and 10 minutes, I added another two and then later, unconvinced, another 2. Total of 6. By then I was losing IQ points pretty fast. After a total of 90 minutes I felt like a raccoon, a normally inquisitive and bright critter, that has been hit in the head with a 2x4, but was still sitting there. Not very inquisitive no mo'.

Now you cannot call that "inactive". And there MIGHT be circumstances under which this effect is "just what the vet ordered". My little bottle sits there waiting for such an occasion, say being corralled into attending a Scientology lecture, or trying to cope with breakthrough pain in spite of a handful of serious meds. Or realizing your cruise ship is really sinking. You never know, so it makes sense to keep it within reach. On the positive side, although the brunt of what you might call "the effect" wore off in say 4 hours, it's safe. It's also economical in that I felt something heavy dragging behind me like a waterlogged blanket, well into the next morning.

I think I did it wrong. The right way would indeed be 2-3 sprays, under the tongue, and don't expect a vaped cannabis effect, or Baudelaire's Artificial Paradise. It's more like a science fair pot brownie experiment. Look for subtle improvements in obscure parameters. It might, for instance, relieve mild cases of Tourette's or Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy (see Raccoon analogy above). Priced to make it a conversation piece.

All kidding aside, it might provide something very beneficial for a very specific demographic. The vendor should perhaps provide some hints.

Last edited by Fernand on 4/8/14 at 7:11 PM Pacific