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Dab Strain Review: “The Clear” Concentrate

The dab strain "The Clear" is dripped into a little jar.


Dab Strain Review: “The Clear” Concentrate

Photo courtesy of Harborside Health Center.

In many ways, I’m the ultimate purist. I say this with as much embarrassment as with pride. My typical morning cup of coffee is single origin and naturally grown, freshly ground by hand and steeped in a single ceramic drip cone. If I’m having an apple I’d prefer a Northern Spy or a Jonathan to a Fuji, and you’ll never see me touch a Red Delicious. I have a minimum level of cacao content to the chocolate I purchase (70%), and vastly prefer Criollo cacaos originating from South America to any others.

When it comes to cannabis, flowers are my preferred medicine by a country mile and trust me when I say I have a wealth of complicated opinions about the varieties I enjoy (as well as the ones I don’t). I’ll most likely consume them through my immaculately maintained Volcano vaporizer, but if I’m out of the house I’ll use a delicate rice paper to roll a simple, humble joint.  Needless to say, I’m a picky snob.

Given these considerations, it never would have occurred to me that I would be interested in dabbing. The concentrate products themselves are far removed from their natural state, and the methods of consumption—torches, nails, glassware straight out of Dr. Frankenstein’s lab— are downright convoluted if not frightening. However, I am never one to shy away from new experiences so when the opportunity arose, I did indeed ‘dab’. Solvent-extracted honey oils and waxes were the first products I tried, and I found them to be uncomfortably lung expansive with strong but shrill brain freeze-type effects.

Every solvent-refined concentrate I tried was simply too unpleasantly rich and rough around the edges, and I soon lost interest. In one last effort to find the appeal, I dabbed high quality cold water-refined ‘ice waxes’ and ‘full melts’. Though infinitely less refined than their solvent cousins, the cold water extracts still didn’t give me much more of a pleasant experience than I’d have with a pair of hot butter knives on the stove burner. I cleaned my rig and gave it to a friend, assuming that dabbing was just not for me.

One day, some strangers came to town bearing immense vats of gold. This gold goo was a concentrate unlike any we had seen previously in the Harborside Health Center purchasing office—a bright yellow, nearly transparent oil with fresh, vivid aromas and an impressive potency that can ascend above 90% fully decarboxylated THC. They called it “The Clear”. I simply had to try it.

In a single moment like one of those cinematic flashes in which All Has Suddenly Become Clear, I understood the appeal of dabbing. With a single, strategic hit I could thoroughly medicate myself with little of the typical fuss and most importantly, none of the stinging in my lungs or sharp fits of coughing that the typical solvent concentrate delivers. On a nail or in a pen, the Clear is sweet and rich without being overwhelming. The flavors are clear and defined, lingering pleasantly on ones’ palate after consumption. At this point, I’ve tried quite a few of them and can say without hesitation that there’s not a single variety that doesn’t sing as well in my bloodstream as the next—from Blue Dream to OG Kush to Trainwreck, I love them all.

Using a pharmaceutical grade steam-pressure extraction method, the wizards behind the Clear Concentrate effectively scrub any speck of residual from a solvent-extracted base material (with no trace material in the final product above parts-per-billion). Using clean, pure food-grade terpenes to match strain profiles provided by their associates at the Werc Shop Laboratory, the Clear is basically an ultra rich cannabinoid oil with 4 percent terpene content added for scent, flavor and consistency.

To answer the question burning in everyone’s mind as they read this: Clear Concentrate “Jack Herer” is not actually made from “Jack Herer” extract. It is a raw oil with added terpinolene, beta-caryophyllene and other naturally-occurring terpenes to match the exact ratios that we identify with “Jack Herer.” The different varieties of the Clear are built in a lab like so many of the food products, soft drinks and candies that we love. This process is modern alchemy: the Clear scientists take brown, sour-smelling sludge and spin it into highly potent gold.

It is important to recognize that all solvent concentrates including the Clear are not cannabis per say, but instead a concentrated wad of cannabinoids. These cannabinoids have effectively been removed from the natural world by virtue of the extraction process. Expecting them to remain 100% true to their natural form is like insulting the beautiful butterfly for not still being a humble caterpillar.

In the end, none of the details matter except as to how it makes the user feel. As I regular consumer of the Clear Concentrate, let me be the first to tell you: it feels (and tastes) fantastic. Do yourself a favor, put aside your prejudices as I did, and try this revolutionary new product. You’ll thank me later.



  1. Drew

    May 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    It’s funny how the author was initially turned off of concentrates because it was the unnatural process of making it. At least crumbles, oils and shatters are retain some of the natural terpenes and terpenoids. The clear concentrates still use solvents to extract, albeit CO2 which is “cleaner” than butane or hexane, but do so in a carboxylated form. When you use this method, there is essentially no way to preserve the original terpenes. By the way, there are north of thousands of different terpenes in any given marijuana strain. The clear makes use of what, the top 5 to 10 most prevalent terpenes in various strains? Carboxylation refers to changing the structure of the THC so that it is immediately active in the body. It is because of this reason that you cannot simply eat marijuana and expect to get high. You must first carboxylate the marijuana, which usually happens by applying heat. This is one interesting property of the clear. Because it is carboxylated, you technically do not have to heat it in order to ingest it. You can actually just eat the oil, apply it to your skin, etc., which is pretty cool. In terms of dabbing the clear, I would perform more “natural” concentrates. Sure the flavor might be out of this world, but wouldn’t anything taste really good if you add fake terpenes, or “flavorings?”

  2. bongstar420

    May 1, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Wow…as soon as you add terpenes, you have created Marlboro because then access to industry becomes the primary attribute required to produce rather than being a highly skilled grower.

    People can add terpenes to their BHO, but BHO tends not to “need” it.

    Their spheal about residuals is pretty specious to the average consumer. A good purge will reduce toxin levels below what you would find in old food.

    • Zachary Trevors

      July 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      do you not realize terpenes are what creates the flavor and smell of the strain? It the essential oils of the plant it also has medical benefits we are learning about now

  3. bean420

    June 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I don’t like the misnomer of solvent free; they go back and forth between seeming like there are no solvents used, but the you can’t extract all of the cannabinoids just by heating and pressure. Just because they have the equipment to purify and test it first doesn’t make it without solvent. What do they use, hexane, like half the rest of the industry now?

    Also, I’d like to know how they got the median terpene profile for Jack, when so many of them change, by their own test results.

    From what I’ve heard, these mostly all taste the same, and, because they are activated, when you dab them you won’t get as much THC, but you do get the further degraded cannabinoids, like CBN, which makes most user tired after the initial strain effects wear off.

    no thanks.

  4. Dan K.

    June 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I really like how you formulate your writing style. On a side note, I really hope the East Coast gets clean concentrates such as The Clear in the near future for medi/rec use. The wax, crumble budder, and shatter that I see in florida and the Carolinas doesn’t always seem very proper unless it is coming from a medical state, and dealers tax so high for out of state product. Nationwide access needs to happen for 21+

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  8. nicoll

    March 13, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Where would I find this?

  9. Yvonne

    March 13, 2014 at 5:50 am

    You can find out how to make it on YouTube where you find everything you have ever needed or wanted to know….and the equipment is not that big of an expense,

  10. Gary

    March 13, 2014 at 4:44 am

    You’re really stupid. And I apologize for being blunt, but you denounce ice wax.. The purist form of dabbing for “fda certified terrine hash oils”. Or whatever their hocking. After you spent half an article talking about you being a purist. It doesn’t make sense at all to me.

    • Gary

      March 13, 2014 at 4:45 am

      Terpine *

    • bean420

      June 4, 2014 at 8:15 am

      seriously. This just read like one big advertisement

  11. Cynthia morrell

    March 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Love it

  12. Veronica

    March 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    How would u make that at home

    • Dean W.

      March 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Seems like it’s more of a laboratory made concentrate. Unless one has an extremely large bank account, I don’t think most people would be able to afford the equipment used to make it.

      • Zachary Trevors

        July 4, 2015 at 3:02 pm

        thats exactly how concentrates SHOULD be made. you shouldnt consume anything made outside a legitimate lab with professionals. The Clear isn’t as great as Refine’s other products in my opinion it tastes kind of artificial. The terpene profile on everything else they do is ridiculous

    • Juan Dope

      September 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Buy a vaporizer. Use it alot. Clean it out when it builds up resin. Tada, you have “Clear”

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