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Case: Northern Lights 500mg Cartridge (cannabis vape oil)  

 

File Date: 08/23/2017


Case No: 0141

Northern Lights 500mg Cartridge:  Happy Trees 

product photo. An eye level close up shot of the vape cartridge, which is holding a golden oil with a stainless steel mouth piece.
product packaging. A six inch by three inch foil ziplock pouch with Nature's Grace's logo on a black background.

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ANALYSIS:
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, manufacturer labels it as their "Clear Oil"

Type:
Indica-dominant Hybrid (approx.95%/5%)   ​

Genotype:  Northern Lights  =  Unknown
(but most likely an Afghan with Thai Influence)

Northern Lights is one of three fundamental breeding strains (NL, Skunk #1, Haze) that have changed global cannabis cultivation over the last three decades. Northern Lights heritage is thought to have come out of the West Coast of the U.S., originally from eleven different seeds. According to the legend, Northern Lights was an exclusive Indica plant from Afghanistan, although some of the original plants were said to contain Thai genetics.

This reviewer remembers this strain being a very big deal to get your hands on in the late 1980s - early 90s.  

Cultivator:
Nature’s Grace and Wellness

Purchased On:
08/11/2017

Manufactured On:
06/10/2017

Packaged On:
08/09/2017

Net Weight of Cannabis Oil in Pen:
500mg (1/2 g)

Purchase Price:
$55, + tax

NOTES:
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:
On package, “Cannabis CO2 Oil, Terpenes”  The manufacturer has informed me that 88-93% of the cartridge contains the CO2-derived cannabis oil, of which the remaining 12-7% are terpenes. There are no other thinning agents included besides the terpenes.

Cannabinoids Profile:
THCa 7.99%; THC 75.40%; CBDa 1.99%; CBD 2.50%; CBG 2.15%; CBN .30% (LK Pure Labs)

TIP:
To learn how you can use this cannabinoids data to better your health, see the Cannabinoids Library.

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:
Out of all the various cultivators’ vape cartridges I’ve tried, these performed the best. Not one clog, from start to finish. Offered full clouds with no clogging or any malfunctioning at all.

Usage Stats:
In general, a 500mg cartridge usually lasts between 80-150 total hits. This cartridge is on track to fall in the 80-90 total hits range.  ​

NOTE:
For the basics on how a vape pen works, see my Vape Pen Quick Reference.

Terpenes Profile:
I have requested the lab report for this product. will provide the specific terpene levels when/if I get the labs.  

Northern Lights flower typically expresses earth and pine, often with subtle sweet hash notes. It’s usually a very smooth smoke. I think Nature’s Grace really nailed it with the flavor translation for this cartridge. I could taste the earth and pine with very mild sweet notes. Nicely done.  ​

I do not know the details of how this cultivator introduces flavor in their cannabis vape oil.  

TIP:
To learn how you can use this terpenes data to better your health, see the Terpenes Library.

Effects:
Powerful, heavy Indica stone is what I should expect and powerful, heavy Indica stone is what I got. The chances are high for Full Body Melt. Excellent medicinal value for the calming of mind and body. Pace yourself; full onset is a bit delayed.            

Duration of Effects:
2+ hours, depending on dosage

May Help With:
Helped with insomnia and stress. May also help with anxiety, PTSD, panic, depression, nervousness, chronic pain of various forms (body, nerve, muscle, etc.), arthritis, appetite. (and more)

Rating: 4/5
Nature’s Grace did a very good job of translating the celebrated Northern Lights flower into a CO2 cannabis oil: accurate flavor profile and effects, medical-grade potency, full draws with no clogging, perfect reliability from start to finish and quality materials.  


NOTE: For details about this 1-5+ Rating Scale, click here.

 

RPT SUMMARY:

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