CO2 Honey Oil (OrganaLabs)
Name: CO2 Honey Oil
Type: CO2 extracted hash oil
Price: $24 per 1/3 gram
Consumption Method: Various methods, Eclipse Water Vape, Essential Vape, and Titanium Skillet via bubbler
Visual (9/10): While there are only a couple of examples of real CO2-extracted hash oil around the state to compare this to, we were unanimously impressed by the pure-looking smooth, oily gel-like consistency that was achieved through the extraction process. The color was slightly off-putting at first simply because it was so orange, but we quickly got used to the look. Upon close inspection, there are almost no visible particles in this extraction and it seems extremely pure. The texture is typical hash oil — if you chill it, it’s easier to handle/apply, but if it’s heated slightly (even just holding the container in your hand for a few minutes), it turns liquid almost immediately, making it suitable for single drips onto medicine or rolling papers.
Smell/Flavor (6/10): While it’s not unpleasant, the smell and flavor package presented by this particular extraction just isn’t something we’d seek out on a regular basis. It has a unique (though rather medicinal, a bit similar to Vapo-Rub) quality to its pine tar-like aroma that translates directly to the taste. While some people may really like this taste (it’s distinct, clear, and lasting), it just wasn’t our personal preference. Also, as a reminder, consuming hash oil orally is something that does have effects — in that case, the flavor was very overwhelming and seemed to hang on the palate for a long time, which we didn’t particularly enjoy either. That said, there was no indication that the taste was anything but the essence of the plant materials used — we wonder how the flavor might change with different strains used in the extraction, or if that would matter at all.
Consumption (8.5/10): Though hash oil is at times a little difficult to deal with, the smoking/vaporizing experience with this extract was very enjoyable. Using a well-heated skillet, the oil sizzles just a bit and then disappears almost entirely. The chemist at OrganaLabs assured us that any sizzling is nothing more than moisture escaping from the oil — so those who are used to butane-related sizzles have nothing to worry about. The sizzling/spattering may be a little off-putting to some users, but we’ve never had anything spatter up to the eyes/face or even to the hand applying the oil to the plate. That said, our favorite method of consumption for this type of extract is the Eclipse/Essential Vape, as it keeps everything well-contained, doesn’t waste anything, and allows you to see the shiny, orange-tinted, particulate-free film that the oil leaves behind.
Effects/Duration: This extraction seemed to serve as a body/muscle relaxant while also pepping us up mentally. Starting off with a major increase in heat (face, head, chest) signaling the arrival of the effects, it seemed to take about 20-30 minutes before the real effects kicked in. A rising wave of body vibration and a light feeling in the chest had us feeling capable, while the wide open eyes and boost of internal energy has us feeling rather “dialed-in” mentally. Though the effects began to decline at 1.5 hours, the lingering effects and comedown seemed to last forever, having us still feeling lightly medicated at nearly 4 hours later. It’s a bit of a slow/easy burn, but this extraction process seems to last slightly longer than flowers and quite a bit longer than the more aggressive butane extractions.
Overall: As CO2 extraction processes are fairly new to the Colorado medical marijuana scene, this was our first experience with such an extraction, so we wanted to compare it to other common extractions as well as standard flowers. The effects were thoroughly enjoyable and gave us the best of both worlds in that our bodies felt great but we weren’t just sitting there enjoying it. The mental uplift this extract provided went hand-in-hand with the physical effects, and overall felt very harmonious, even-handed, and never racy. Though patients with severe pain and others who require high-level medication at all times may find the effect lacking after the first hour or so, re-medication seems to take you right back to that same feeling, which is appreciated.
Comparing it to other extractions, patients used to butane-based extractions such as earwax hash will notice that the effects are simply not as potent comparatively, but they may still find relief thanks to the strong body presence and otherwise quality effects. Patients who primarily use flowers and are not fans of butane will appreciate that CO2 extractions have no harmful chemicals possibly left behind, the very smooth experience, and the long-lasting nature that mimics the feeling of quality flowers. In all, we feel that this sample was extremely medicinal and we appreciated that it didn’t leave us feeling overly-medicated at any point. This is suitable for both daytime and night time use and provides benefits to nearly any patient except those requiring ultra-strong medication.
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