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Blue Dream 500mg Cartridge
Pen Type: 500mg Cartridge
Method of Extraction: Carbon dioxide (C02)
About CO2 Extraction
Carbon Dioxide, or CO2, occurs naturally in our environment: whenever we breathe, with decomposition, and even through ocean release. We find CO2 in our sodas and it’s used as an industrial solvent for creating everything from food extracts to fragrances. It’s known as ‘dry ice’ in its solid form. CO2 is considered safe by the FDA and non-toxic. In the cannabis industry, it is often referred to as a ‘green solvent’.
The generic process is typically referred to as ‘supercritical CO2 extraction’ whereby CO2 is converted to its supercritical state (i.e., having liquid properties while remaining in a gaseous state) by applying very cold temps and pressure and is then used as a solvent to strip the resinous trichomes from the cannabis plant material. All of which occurs in a sophisticated CO2 extraction machine. In addition to supercritical extraction, other methods are also used, such as distillation.
Form: Cannabis Vape Oil
Type: Sativa-Dominant Hybrid (60%/40%)
Genotype: Blue Dream = Blueberry X Haze
Purchased On: 03/17/2017
Manufactured On: 11/01/2016
Packaged On: 12/06/2106
Net Weight of Cannabis Oil in Pen: 500mg (1/2 g)
Purchase Price: $70.70, tax included
NOTE: I do not identify dispensaries in my reviews. However, if you want to know the shop that's offering this pricing, I will provide it to anyone who requests it.
Delivery Method(s) Used: Vape pen
Ingredients: Per packaging, “100% Pure Supercritical Extracted Cannabis Oil”. According to the manufacturer, there are no additives in this oil, such as propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin.
Cannabinoids Profile: THCa 5.51%; THC 77.62%; CBDa .53%; CBD 1.21%; CBC .74%; CBG .87%; CBN .78% (LK Pure Labs)
TIP: To learn how you can use this cannabinoids data to better your health, see the Cannabinoids Library page.
Functionality: This vape cartridge must be charged and then attached to a lithium-ion battery to use it. Your dispensary will provide the battery and charger for free with your purchase. The cartridge fits any standard 510 thread.
Performance & Reliability: I experienced constant clogging issues, which I remedied each time by heating up the cartridge for a cycle or two and then drawing hard on it to unclog. While this method worked to unclog the cartridge, it also burned through a lot of product unnecessarily.
Usage Stats: In general, a 500mg cartridge usually lasts between 80-150 total hits. This cartridge lasted around 90 hits.
NOTE: For the basics on how a vape pen works, see my Vape Pen Quick Reference.
Terpenes Profile: Alpha-Bisabolol 0.0413%; Beta-Caryophyllene 0.2185%; Alpha-Humulene 0.0874%; Limonene 0.1159%; Linalool 0.427%; Beta-Myrcene 0.5232%; Alpha-Pinene 0.6563%; Beta-Pinene 0.3201% (LK Pure Labs)
This Blue Dream cannabis vape oil cartridge emitted a pungent, spicy aroma on its own, just sitting in the packaging. Once vaped, this oil exhibited many of the flower’s flavors, tasting of pungent spiciness and some light berry up front with herbal notes on the exhale. Overall, very good-to-excellent terpene expression for a cannabis oil.
NOTE: The terpene levels listed above are for the Blue Dream flower and NOT for this specific extract. I'm providing this information to show the terpenes for the strain used to make this oil.
TIP: To learn how you can use this terpenes data to better your health, see the Terpenes Library.
Effects: Starts by instantaneously clearing your head of any stress fog and then creates an invisible, semi-permeable membrane around you that only allows in good vibes. After a little while, a physical calmness joins in to provide a well-rounded set of effects that will keep the blues (and mild aches and pains) from ruining your day.
Duration of Effects: 2-3 hours, depending on dosage
May Help With: Helped with stress. May also help with mood, anxiety, PTSD, panic, mild fatigue, migraines, mild body and joint pain, appetite (and more)
Overall Rating: 2.5/5due to clogging Cannabis Oil: 4.5/5
The vape oil itself was high quality and gets excellent marks. However, the constant clogging wasted a lot of product and made for a frustrating experience. That said, the clogging issues are often a fault of the technology itself along with the fact that pure cannabis oils that do not contain additives to thin their consistency have a higher likelihood of having clogging issues.
As an objective reviewer, I can’t fault the manufacturer for much of the inherent problems behind the current vape pen technology nor for their desire to provide an additive-free product. For these reasons, to be 100% fair, I have provided two separate ratings – an overall rating and a rating for the oil itself.
NOTE: For details about this 1-5+ Rating Scale, click here.
Case: Blue Dream 500mg Cartridge (cannabis vape oil)
File Date: 04/17/2017
Case No: 0107
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