Smoke Up, Stand Up, with Marley Natural Cartridges
Although they pack an outstanding oil that could be loved, their rickety build sometimes leaves your vape pen’s airflow jammin’.
As celebrity stoners like Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson cash in on their cannabis branding deals, Bob Marley is the only dead rock star whose name is being used to sell legal weed, 37 years after his passing.
Marley’s grown-up kids have created a ganja goldmine in Marley Natural, a suite of Marley-branded vape cartridges, flower, and pre-rolls. The venture has created controversy by building a big-name brand with primarily white American investors, among them the Trump-supporting Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, but not with any Jamaican cultivators or stakeholders.
Still, Bob Marley’s name is going to resonate with Bay Area buddha buyers. So SF Evergreen did some Rastaman vibrations with a Marley Natural vape cartridge to see if it’s worth the $40 price tag (plus the standard 27 percent S.F. sales and excise tax, which you’ll pay no matter what products you buy).
We tried the Marley Gold vape cartridge, a Lemon Haze Sativa variety. Marley Natural cartridges also come in a Marley Green Hybrid, Marley Black Indica, and a Marley Red CBD variety.
Our one love was the exceptional quality of the oil in this cartridge. The moderate THC percentage has a surprisingly immediate effect, producing a mellow high that lasts some 30 to 40 minutes. The hits come with a clean taste that has no gimmicky terpene or fruity flavors.
But these Marley Natural vape cartridges are simply not built well. The airflow mouthpiece is particularly prone to coming unscrewed from the oil cartridge. While that can technically happen to almost any vape cartridge, in most cases it takes some real effort.
Marley Natural cartridges are so flimsily built that a normal unscrewing of the cartridge can easily separate the mouthpiece from the oil chamber. This results in dried oil blockage clogging the mouthpiece, which can be cleared eventually by inhaling until you hear and feel a little pop.
Once compromised, our cartridge survived until the oil was fully smoked — which, for us, is about two days max on a half-gram cartridge. But you’ll lose more oil the longer it takes you to smoke that whole half-gram. And once the Marley oil has its initial exodus, it’s going to leak all over everything it touches and produce some sticky situations. A busted chamber means the cartridge is going to run out of oil more quickly, leaving you empty and in need of a replacement. Or, to paraphrase an old reggae song, “No Cartridge, No High.”
Potency: Modest but very pleasant for an oil, with a THC content generally under 70 percent.
Smell: A scentless smoke that won’t arouse any suspicion that you’re getting stoned.
Taste: There is hardly any, which is the beauty of Marley Natural oil. You do get a mild, 60-second aftertaste that combines pleasant woody and lemon flavors.
Appearance: Like cubic zirconia, it looks great at a first glance, but reveals itself to be shoddy on further inspection.
Medical Application: Immediate mood improvement that still allows for full (albeit slower) functionality.
Effect: Jah love and kindness, though side effects may include a busted cartridge, sticky fingers, and some goop on your desk and table surfaces.
Available in San Francisco at the Green Door. Visit marleynatural.com for details.