Officer Dick Downey's Pot Report
Case: Fruity Pebbles 200mg Vape Pen (extract)
File Date: 01/05/2017
Case No: 0084
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Fruity Pebbles Pen: First Call of 2017
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Let me tell you about the very first call I got in the new year.
I was working the graveyard when dispatch tells me to stop by this house in my beat for a well-being check, but this was not the typical ‘I haven’t seen grandma in a week’ sorta call. They tell me it was a kid who contacted 911.
I knocked on the door of this run-down duplex and a young boy answered it. He was very upset. I picked him up and asked him his name. He said very quietly, “I’m James, and I’m scared,” and then he started crying. I looked around. The place was pure filth; unlivable. James told me he was hungry and didn’t know how to take care of his sister, a malnourished little baby girl I found lying in her own excrement on a filthy changing table that was being used as a crib.
We took care of the kids. Cleaned them up, got them some food and medical attention. James turned out to be six years old, and his sister, Melissa, was just 8 months. The mother and her creep-of-the-week ultimately got around to showing up. My partner had to make the arrest. I couldn’t muster the self-control. I wish I could tell you calls like that are rare, but they're not, and they never get easier.
Pen Type: Disposable, 1-Time Use
Method of Extraction: Carbon Dioxide
Form: Cannabis CO2 Oil
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’. However, there is still much debate and controversy within the industry and among patients regarding the use of hydrocarbons versus carbon dioxide as a solvent for cannabis extraction.
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.
NOTE: CO2 Cannabis Oil is not the same as Full Plant Extraction (FECO) Cannabis Oil in that ethanol is the solvent typically used for FECO, the color of FECO oil is typically very dark brown to black, the chemical compositions are different and their dosing regimens vary.
Genotype: N/A Plant material from several different strains was used as the source material for the CO2 Oil.
Cultivator: Nature’s Grace and Wellness
Date Purchased: 12/28/2016
Cannabinoids Profile: THCa 7.36%; THC 80.70%; CBDa .0%; CBD .17; CBC .65%; CBG: 1.57%; CBN .99% (LK Pure Labs)
TIP: To learn how you can use this cannabinoids data to better your health, see the Cannabinoids Library page.
Net Weight of Cannabis Oil in Pen: 200mg
Ingredients: Cannabis CO2 Oil, essential oils (i.e., proprietary blend of terpenes), propylene glycol
NOTES: Nicotine and Cannabis “e-liquids” found in vape pens contain a base ingredient, which is typically either vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol. The flavoring in this pen’s cannabis oil was created with non-cannabis terpenes.
Usage Stats: Pen lasted for 7.5 days with daily, occasional use (approximately 8-10 hits/day).
Functionality: This model of disposable pen is as simple as it gets. There’s not even a power button. You simply draw on the pen and it automatically activates and produces vapor. The tip has a blue light indicator when the pen is activated. IF you draw on the pen with one even pull, then the pen shuts off automatically after about 5-6 seconds. You can also take in additional vapor by hitting it multiple times before the pen deactivates.
Performance & Reliability: I did not experience any major issues with performance or reliability. 2-3 times the pen didn’t activate on the first draw, but that was it. The pen I purchased for this review did not run out of battery power prematurely, before I was able to use up all of the oil.
NOTE: For the basics on how a vape pen works, please see my Vape Pen Quick Reference.
Terpene Experience: The fruity pebbles flavor offered was reminiscent of the cereal from my childhood, though it could be improved. It was a little off with some bitterness. The flavor experience of these flavored oils has a lot to do with one’s palate and one’s own smelling/tasting ability.
TIP: To learn all about terpenes, see the Terpenes Library page.
Effects: The effects were very much an even-keeled, hybrid experience that didn’t lean heavily on the body or the mind. The intensity of the effects was mild-to-moderate, depending on dosage. It was a pleasant though unremarkable, generic sort of high.
Duration of Effects: 1-2+ hours, depending on dosage
May Help With: Helped with stress and fatigue. Might also help with mood, depression, anxiety, mild body aches (and more)
I like the simplicity and discreetness of this pen.
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Maybe it's time to hang it up.
And remember, the next time you turn around, turn around again... 'cause I'll be there.
-Officer Dick Downey, Badge #710