This Live Resin Cartridge Took Me To New Heights
For someone who doesn't normally vibe with vapes, this one changed my perspective on the category as a whole.
When it comes to consuming cannabis concentrates—AKA dabbing—the process is a ritual, a practice in mindfulness through each step from start to finish. I almost exclusively dab solventless extracts out of heady glass rigs. Though that doesn’t mean I don’t also appreciate a solid vape cartridge every now and then.
It’s no secret the combination of portability, ease of use, and discretion has made vapes incredibly popular among a wide range of people. Some people are mostly looking to get high on the go, while others simply seek to sesh incognito. Occasionally, I’ll even carry a vape pen when bar-hopping on the weekend. And here in Los Angeles, I’m definitely not alone.
Unsurprisingly, the market has experienced a massive influx of vapes, many of which vary substantially in quality, functionality, and consistency. Oddly enough, the technology that makes vaporizers and vape cartridges so convenient is also its greatest caveat. I’ve burned much more cash than I’d like to admit on various cartridges, only to have them stop working halfway through a concert or sporting event. But with so many available options, where do consumers even begin to wade through the deluge of carts, pens, and other devices, or separate the good from the bad with any sense of certainty?
That's where Alpine’s Jack Herer Live Resin cartridge comes into play.
Much of the difficulty in the vape selection process stems from the fact that almost all carts look nearly identical—especially to the general consumer. For the most part, though, each will consist of an atomizer, a clear tank, and a mouthpiece. The distillate, or oil, in the tanks tends to be similar in color even if the source flower differs in strain lineage or was made utilizing different extraction methods. Generally, it's difficult to glean any aromatic indicators through the mouthpiece. The live resin cartridge I tried by Alpine certainly has the visual profile of the industry standard. But it also features a wider mouthpiece opening than most other branded vapes, which translates to streamlined airflow and usability. The opening in the mouthpiece allows the terpene-packed aromas of the distillate to escape, providing a better representation of the actual product within the cartridge. The robust, skunky aroma of the Jack Herer pops and kept inviting me back for second and third whiffs.
No joke, I didn’t think a cartridge could actually smell so pleasant. And if you're like me and enjoy the sweet aromas, you’ll really appreciate the flavor that accompanies them.