Activation time: 5/5
Overall score: 4.4
Head High High
Body High Very High
All things considered, I feel this cartridge from Dabstract deserves a score of 4.4 out of 5. I’m not a big fan of the flavor of Dabstract’s concentrates, but I think this cartridge would be near-perfect if it were simply offered for a reasonable price.
Sure, you get all the trappings of the Pax ERA experience when you buy Pax pods — that’s why people do it. You’d have to be rich, a connoisseur, inexperienced, or a mixture of the three, however, to think paying $45 for this half-gram cart is a good deal.
I’ve never had a bad experience at the Liberty Lake Cannabis & Glass. It’s a brand-new building built right next to the freeway, unlike other C&G locations tucked away in strip malls and other seedy locales.
Sometimes, C&G doesn’t have what I want. That’s inherent to recreational cannabis industries everywhere, however — consistent supply is almost impossible to achieve, making it necessary to put together a new medley of products for pretty much every re-up.
In my experience, Pax pods have universal cardboard packaging that’s reasonably convenient to open. I connected my cart to my Pax battery and registered it on my iMac via Bluetooth connection.
My Pax ERA battery automatically set itself to the right temperature, and I was able to access detailed data on the terpene profile of my cart. For someone who wants to get high from a single hit, my Sweet Black Angel pod was somewhat disappointing when set to the admittedly lackluster designated temperature.
My Sweet Black Angel pod from Dabstract reminded me a little bit of grape cough syrup. It didn’t have any nasty, chemical flavor, but that rich, mouth-filling flavor was somewhat familiar.
Berry, fruit, and earth combine to deliver a classically indica flavor profile. The inherent deliciousness of Sweet Black Angel was only slightly diminished by Dabstract’s somewhat inferior live resin extraction processes.
You might find the activation of your Sweet Black Angel Live Resin Pax Pod to be slightly disappointing if you vape it at the manufacturer’s designated temperature and you only take one puff. I took two puffs to start, and I experienced the type of effect onset I’d expect from a similar indica with only one hit.
With those two puffs, however, effects set in strongly and within less than a minute.
Even as a sativa guy, I was still a big fan of Sweet Black Angel’s effects. I’d say this strain is the epitome of what I imagine an ideal indica to be — strong, stoney, and a big disruptor to any plans you might have had previously.
Maybe the strong body high I experienced with this strain mixed up my sense of time. All I know is that the effects of Dabstract Sweet Black Angel seemed to wear off a little faster than I expected — I was pretty much sober within an hour.
In the cannabis industry, the word “Pax” appears to be code for “hike the price tag.” You can — I’m not joking — get the same Dabstract Sweet Black Angel live resin extract in a 1g conventional cartridge for only $5 more.
Do the mental math, or don’t. Either way, it’s easy to see that Pax pods are priced vastly higher than conventional vape cartridges. It’s that way both in Washington and everywhere else Pax pods are sold.
Dabstract is among Washington’s most popular cannabis producers. By my estimations, however, this producer is more like an early adopter that simply started doing live resin before the competition than it is a pioneer of new heights of connoisseur cannabis quality.
This cartridge, like other Dabstract pods and carts I’ve tried, was suitably potent, reasonably tasty, and smooth in texture. All the same, Dabstract’s live resin is considerably harsher and less pleasant-tasting than other live resin extracts I’ve tried.
For cannabis cartridges in Washington, I’d stick with Full Spec or Burnwell and leave Dabstract to what it does best — dabs.
The Dabstract Sweet Black Angel Live Resin Pax Pod is targeted toward WA cannabis consumers who are familiar with the Dabstract name and aren’t afraid to pay a little extra for a cartridge they find trustworthy.
If you’re on the price-conscious side of things, there are plenty of cheaper cartridges out there that might even be higher quality. Dabstact commands some serious clout as a brand, however, which might tip you toward trying the Sweet Black Angel Live Resin Pax Pod despite its minor detractors.
Set at the manufacturer’s specified temperature, Pax pods almost always deliver clouds that experienced cannabis users will consider weak. It’s easy to change the temperature of your Pax vape either manually (four available heats selected by shaking) or via Bluetooth connection (temperatures can be dialed in to the degree).
At the recommended temperature, I’d say 3-4 hits of Sweet Black Angel would be necessary to enjoy a satisfying session. Up the temperature to reduce the number of clouds you blow while increasing harshness, and as always, vape again every 1-2 hours for consistent effects.
What else would you like to know about Dabstract Sweet Black Angel?
I have mixed feelings about Dabstract’s Pax ERA pods. While they’re definitely high-quality and effective, there’s something about the taste and texture of Dabstract’s concentrates that I don’t like, and the pricing on these half-gram pods is set way too high.
I’d say you can do better for cheaper in the Washington recreational cannabis market than Dabstract.
Dabstract uses a mixture of ethanol and hydrocarbons to extract its cannabis concentrate. That might be part of why I don’t care for the taste and texture of Dabstract’s live resin vapes all that much.
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