Strain review: High Tech Concentrates cartridges

by DGO Pufnstuf

Every once in a blue moon, I will find a product I really super love, even though on paper it should be just like every other one out there. That happened to me this week with Pagosa Therapeutics’ High Tech Concentrates cartridge, which is 500 milligrams of THC goodness.

Pagosa has been working with High Tech to create concentrates out of their strains, and that’s precisely what they did with this cartridge. It screws right into your everyday battery, and et voila. Stoned.

So, that sounds like your typical cartridge, right? Why did I like this particular cartridge so much, you ask? Well, friends, it’s what’s inside that counts. The cartridge we picked up was labeled as raw, which we hypothesized last issue means some sort of strain mix, but we learned from our friendly budtender, Justin, that it actually just means that the flavor is raw. Turns out High Tech makes concentrates with flavors like peach, but Pagosa opted to leave those out in lieu of a “raw” flavor.

After I screwed the cartridge into the battery, I found myself impressed with how sleek the cartridge and metal battery combo looked. I’ve complained before about cartridges looking cheesy – take the one we reviewed from another dispensary that was stamped with tiny rasta-colored cannabis plants as an example – and it’s nice to feel like a grown-up while holding a pen to your mouth.

Even better, though, was how MASSIVE the clouds were that emitted from this cartridge. Holy mist, Batman. The living room looked like a friend and I had turned on a fog machine after every exhale. It was clear we hadn’t, though, given all the amateur choking that was happening with every inhale. It was very, very obvious that we were vaping. There was no hiding it.

There was also no hiding it after the high started to kick in, which occurred quite quickly. We had only taken about four hits each when it became obvious that this concentrate was about to kick our asses. My notes say things like, “I’m already super stoned.” My friend, on the other hand, said stuff like, “I can already feel the top of my head getting numb. Is that normal?” I responded like a true adult with a cacophony of insane laughter.

I probably shouldn’t have laughed that hard, though, because a few minutes later, my cheeks also went numb and I was super, super high. Like head numb high. The letters on my phone looked so small, and scrolling through pages became increasingly difficult the more that my body went numb. And, I was laughing hysterically the entire time this was happening. I couldn’t stop.

Things get pretty fuzzy from there. I don’t really know what I meant by the phrase, “Cletus, get the John Deere!” but for some reason, I felt it necessary to add to my notes. I also felt it necessary to note the fact that I couldn’t read, calling it “next level stoned.” Sober self agrees. That IS next level stoned.

But, while most of my notes are nonsense thanks to this cartridge, there is one note that stands out today. It says, “This may be the best cartridge I’ve ever used. Holy shit.” And to me, that means something. We regularly review cartridges, but something about this one, be it the massive clouds or the hilarious high, set it apart. And for that, I am happy.

DGO Pufnstuf


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