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Himalaya is a Player, Putting High-Powered ‘Terp Sauce’ in Vape Cartridges

NorCal vape cartridge artisans Himalaya update their seasonal menu with new “high-end terp sauce” oil extracts that match the power of shatter or wax.

Even mountain-climbing pot smokers might not know that Hindu Kush is named after a historically significant mountain range in the Himalayas. The Himalayas are home to the earth’s highest highs, so you see where Sacramento vape cartridge producer Himalaya is going by choosing that name.

The company specializes in incredibly potent, small-batch vape oil from weed grown on independent northern California family farms. As such, their offerings often change as would an organic restaurant seasonal menu.

They classify their latest varieties as “terp sauce,” a hardcore cannabis nerd term for concentrate with added terpenes and cannabinoids for extra potency and taste. Terp sauce delivers all the kick of wax or shatter, but can be delivered in the far more convenient vape cartridge format for those of us who do not own a dab rig.

Two new cartridge strains include a sativa called Dream Queen (81-percent THC), and an indica Kashmir (83-percent THC, and also named after a valley in the Himalayas). We’ve seen another hybrid strain called Cookies on a few local dispensary shelves, all in intricately designed, colorful embossed boxes with a pretty sweet mountain logo.

This terp sauce oil does indeed blast your brain to the heights of cooking wax or shatter. The Dream Queen strain is a tiny trace lower in THC and easier for creativity or conversation, while the Kashmir strain is just a nighttime knockout.

This latest batch of Himalaya vape pen oils are priced in the mid-range for cartridges, at $40 for the half-gram and under $65 for a full gram. That’s an even better value when you understand how high they get you.

Himalaya also has a branded, button-push vape pen that, for us, simply did not work at all right out of the box. These vape pens are not currently on sale at any San Francisco dispensaries, only the separate, single cartridges are. But if you see both offered on some online delivery service, go with the Himalaya cartridge and not the pen.

The Himalaya concentrate oil cartridges deliver top-shelf mood alteration at a mid-range price, and they’re well worth it. But buying the vape pen might prove to be a sunk cost.

Potency: More than 80-percent THC in every strain variety, so get ready to cough hard and buzz harder.

Smell: The vape smoke is not entirely without scent, as these carts create a very slight, cleaner version of a cannabis smoke smell.   

Taste: The indica strain Kashmir has a smooth vanilla-like flavor. The sativa Dream Queen tastes oakier and more austere.

Appearance: These are handsome and sturdy stock-version cartridges compatible with the standard vape pen, packaged in a magnificently illustrated box.

Medical Application: Call on Dream Queen for creative, social, or artistic scenarios, and Kashmir for serious relaxation.

Effect: An excellent NorCal-grown oil concentrate specimen for vape pen enthusiasts who like to get very high, but the pen is not mightier than the terp sauce.

3/5

Available in San Francisco at both Harvest off Mission and Harvest on Geary locations. Visit himalayavapor.com for details.