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Raw Garden Cooks with Concentration Vape Cartridges

Raw Garden’s distillate vaporizer cartridges have a far higher potency than your garden variety vape oils, at a nice $20 price.

Vape nerds argue over manufacturing processes the way vinyl collectors debate sound quality. Some power vapers claim that the finest distillate can only be formulated via the unconventional process of freezing the cannabis into “live resin,” thereby maintaining the strain’s true terpene profile in ways that standard concentrate extraction processes cannot.

This weed reporter is nowhere near technical enough to understand these arguments. But I can confirm that a new variety of live resin distillate cartridges from Raw Garden gets you super-high, and right at the $20 sweet spot for a half-gram cartridge.

The people behind Raw Garden are clearly strain enthusiasts, with an astonishing 80 different strains of oil products listed on their website. Your local dispensary will probably only carry a few.

SF Evergreen fired up a variety called Kimbo Chem, an Indica hybrid of Kimbo Kush and Kosher Chem. Kimbo Kush is itself a cross of Blackberry Kush and Starfighter, a typical example of Raw Garden’s genealogy rabbit holes of complex strain lineage.

Kimbo Chem comes with a brain-blowing 85.3-percent THC content, and slightly more than 1.5-percent CBD on top of that for good measure. The buzz is a very uplifting, energetic high well-suited for an all-day weekend adventure.

These Raw Garden products are half-gram cartridges that fit right in to a standard vape pen. There is absolutely nothing fancy about the appearance factor here, but the cartridge is sturdy and the oil inside is of notably good quality.

We found that Raw Garden’s half-grams are generally priced under $20 since arriving on San Francisco dispensary shelves in recent months. But realize that the price will creep a little over $20 once you pay the required state and local taxes.

That price still makes Raw Garden vaporizer cartridges an excellent budget pick for the vape pen user who’s a little low on funds, or the tourist in town for a few days who remembered to bring their vaping device. The $20 buzz is hard to find at dispensaries these days, and Raw Garden’s fantastically efficient cartridges are definitely not a raw deal.

Potency: The whole range of 80 Raw Garden cartridge strains vary significantly in their THC and CBD content, but all are massively potent. The Kimbo Chem we tried clocked in at higher than 85 percent THC.

Smell: The scent of your exhaled smoke has a hint of fruit, but not really a hint of weed.

Taste: Just a subtle taste of your strain of origin, with puffs that produce the super-billowy clouds that many of us so enjoy.

Appearance: The packaging is just a ho-hum cardboard box, and the cartridge’s appearance is wholly generic. But the distillate inside is devastatingly effective.

Medical Application: The 80 different varieties will obviously deliver a range of effects, but do expect a vigorous buzz in each case.

Effect: Cheap thrills with no frills, just a mighty powerful cartridge at the $20 price point.

4/5

Available in San Francisco at Connected SF. Visit rawgarden.farm for details.