Medical marijuana patients seeking cannabis extracts for relief from their ailments are in luck — especially those living in California. Each day more and more quality cannabinoid extracts are being put on the shelves in dispensaries across the Golden State, giving many patients a plethora of options when they enter their local dispensary.
“The cannabinoids (THC/CBD) from the cannabis plant are first collected using the CO2 extraction method, which produces a viscous oil that can be either consumed orally or vaporized.”
Today I walked into my own local dispensary in search of a quality cannabis extract that will help calm my anxiety, boost my appetite, and help me sleep at night. I am a big believer in the entourage effect of cannabinoids, so naturally I wanted to find a medicine high in CBD, that also had a considerable amount of THC in it as well.
My interaction with the budtender was brief yet pleasant. An attractive and knowledgeable woman in her mid 20’s walked me through the various THC and CBD extracts (5-6 different brands), explaining the differences between each company’s product and why the prices varied. Eventually, after about ten minutes of discussion, I ended up selecting a concentrated high CBD oil by POP Naturals, a California company that uses organically grown THC and CBD strains to produce extract using pure CO2.
What Is POP Naturals High CBD Oil?
This product is technically considered “solvent-free”, which means it does not contain any traces of butane, alcohol, glycol, or glycerin in the end product. However, just because it’s labeled this way doesn’t mean that the oil was created without the use of solvents during the manufacturing process. In fact, the cannabinoids (THC/CBD) from the cannabis plant are first collected using the CO2 extraction method, which produces a viscous oil that can be either consumed orally or vaporized.
The POP Naturals High CBD CO2 Oil comes packaged in two available cartridge sizes: .5 gram and 1 gram. I went with the .5 gram cartridge which cost me a donation of just $35, a steal for lab-tested concentrate with as many cannabinoids and terpenes as this product has (more on that shortly). The full gram cartridge was $60 USD (keep in mind prices may fluctuate per dispensary/city).
The CO2 oil is viscous enough to be applied anywhere but it is not as sticky as other concentrates (like budder, shatter, or waxes). All POP Naturals CO2 oils are lab tested by SCLabs, a cannabis research and lab-testing facility based in southern California. This particular batch of medicine is derived from ACDC, a strain of cannabis that is known to test high in CBD (typically a 1:1 ratio or more).
“When vaporizing, the oil has an immediate effect, and is remarkably smooth and easy to inhale, with a flavor that is reminiscent of tropical spearmint.”
The label shows lab results of 65.79% total active cannabinoids, which can be broken down into ~29% THC and a hefty ~37% CBD — an attractive ratio of THC:CBD for many. I really like the fact POP Naturals retains THCA and CBDA during its CO2 extraction process because although it will end up being converted to THC and CBD anyway (when the oil is vaporized), the material should taste a bit fresher for the first couple of draws, as it is not already decarboxylated.
You may also notice the lab test results shows 5.5% terpenes remain in the end-product, which I’m a fan of. This, and the fact that there is a good amount of CBDA in the oil, lets me know I am going to get to taste a decent flavor each time I take a draw from my vaporizer pen.
How Will The POP Naturals High CBD Oil Affect Me?
The High CBD Oil from POP Naturals is definitely one of the most interesting medicines I have ever had the chance to try. Because of its high concentration of both THC and CBD, only a very small amount of oil needs to be used to reach your desired effect. When vaporizing, the oil has an immediate effect, and is remarkably smooth and easy to inhale, with a flavor that is reminiscent of tropical spearmint.
In my experience, the POP Naturals High CBD concentrate will produce effects unlike the traditional effects of smoking cannabis flower. After just a few inhales from a vape pen, I begin to notice a clear change in my mood, energy, and focus. I feel a strong sense of calm set in after just a couple of minutes, great for dealing with my anxiety. After about 30 minutes to one hour, I’ll start to get hungrier and hungrier, presumably due to the THC in the extract.
The overall effect reminds me a lot of smoking a full-bodied Indica strain similar to MK Ultra, without the excessive heaviness or sedation. Because of this, I like to vape this oil at any time of the day, especially before a task that I am not looking forward to completing as it helps ease my mind and just go with the flow.
Many patients report the feeling of looseness in the body combined with unexpected clarity of the mind, which I would have to also agree with. It will take some practice to figure out your comfort level and desired effect, but with such a safe and quality concentrate, there is very little (if anything) to fear. For those who don’t want to vaporize the oil in a pen, you can take the oil orally by scooping it out of the cartridge with the dab tool or by portioning the oil into gel capsules.
It is important to note that this specific cartridge/product from POP Naturals does not come with a battery included. As such, if you want to use this cartridge in a vape pen, you will either need to buy the pen battery separately, or use one of the batteries from your other universal vape pens (which is what I did). It’s as simple as screwing two pieces together. Most portable vaporizer pens on the market currently utilize the same battery design, so chances are good that as long as its connector is circular and allows you to screw it in, it will be compatible.
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