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Product Review: Sparc CO2 Vape Cartridge

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Product Review: Sparc CO2 Vape Cartridge

San Francisco-based dispensary produces a line of proprietary vape oil.

Creating the oils in a vape cartridge can be thought of much like blending grapes together to make wine. In order to deliver a consistent product many of the companies producing vapes will mix blends rather than highlight specific strains. San Francisco-based dispensary Sparc is now providing a line of CO2 vape cartridges that represent a combination of both of these strategies offering single-origin strains and blends.

Sparc Product Director Josh Hoffman notes that the flowers sourced for the vape cartridges originate from Sparc’s own farm in Sonoma County.

“We like to feature the strain and focus on minimalist production techniques,” Hoffman said. “When we don’t have enough product to make a single strain the product team mixes flowers to achieve a specific flavor profile. Some of the strains will be constant and some will be rotating. As we search for new strains to grow, making new cartridge combinations of the phenotypes will be a fun way to keep our cartridge selection rotating.”

The Sour Diesel selection we tried was potent, coming in at 74 percent THC, but offered a clear-headed high, making the sativa strain good for a day in the office. The C02 oil had a hint of fuel in the flavor, but took on more of a sweet candied undertone. The vape tasted both light and clean, likely due to the winterization process which, Hoffman explains, “uses alcohol to remove organic substances like plant waxes, fats and chlorophyll.”

Alongside the dispensary’s proprietary vapes, Sparc also offers its own line of flowers under the Marigold brand. Hoffman said Sparc also produces its own house kief and has plans to create cold water hash and additional “super concentrates” in the future.

“Marigold is value based organic cannabis brand that features flowers in recyclable jars and in CO2 cartridges made from these flowers,” Hoffman said. “Cultivated at the Sparc farm in Sonoma, our farm integrates the use of beneficial flowers, plants and insects to create an ecosystem in which cannabis thrives naturally, thus removing the need to use harmful pesticides and herbicides.”

As a part of its role as a provider Sparc also makes its material available to other concentrate makers.

“That helps us keep a diverse menu and low prices for our members,” Hoffman said. “We frequently partner with Beezle, Guild Extracts, Oakland Extracts, First Class, Utopia Farms, and Bliss to name a few.”

Priced at $40 for a half gram and packed with terps the Sparc cartridges are a decent value for vape enthusiasts.

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  1. Kendall

    March 3, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    This is quite interesting to stumble upon. I was in Sparc in Santa Rosa, and explained what it was that I was needing; a quick, clean option for my nausea that I was clearly experiencing inside the store at the time. I was stirring towards a vape pen since I’ve had disposable vape pens before (Bhang) and they’re great. I was shown only 2 options available for a vape pen, Sparc or Marigold. I voiced my concern about iffy, hit or miss products when they’re “generic” (Kirkland Detergent vs.Tide Pods or Wal-Mart toothpaste vs.Colgate) I was clueless both are manufactured by the same Distributor and even now, on the Marigold box, I do not see mention of Sparc. Regardless, I was stirred towards and trusted Marigold being the better of the two and choose a Marigold Cartridge to go along with it. I was immediately disappointed when I opened the pen and it had 0% battery life, after I had just shared the possibility of me yacking. Charging this pen takes alot of time, which is understandable but after 40 minutes, the pens battery still lacked enough oomph to put out a single hit. After a nights charge, I was stoked to finally toke. There’s zero instructions to go along with this vape so for a few hours (I’m 24 and techy yet annoyed there wasn’t any easy instructions so an older would probably be pissed) I thought it was my error for very little smoke out out. There’s 3 settings I learned. On the highest setting and full charge, it’ll need a long drag for the oil to even start vaping. I’ll be lightheaded from the amount of sucking I’m having to do for little the output. I handed it over for my friends to mess with and heat up but it continues to be a disappointment. I’ll screw the cartridge on a different mod and it’ll smoke fine. I noticed the Marigold pen heats the oil up fast so that’s not the issue for the lack of smoke. I’m not a stoner so even with the baby hits it puts off, my nausea chills so it’s not a totally loss. I know someone with the same set up and they also have the same issues with the Marigold products. The battery life is very short, which is fine if you remember to charge it often or whenever it’s been an extended amount of time since you last used it. The various cartridges I’ve tried from Marigold all taste the same. The taste isn’t necessarily good or bad, just kinda ehh and I wouldn’t have choosen different products had I known they’d taste the same. Overall I give Marigold a 3 out of 10. Packaging and design looks higher end. The pen work. The oil works. But overall, the setup isn’t anywhere close to being worth the $75 price tag. It bothers me that not even the fine print on the box doesn’t mention ownership being Sparc and has no info on the pen or cartridge but that’s not a deal breaker if the products great. It’s not. Bhang disposable vape pens are half the price of a Marigold and works 5x better. Marigold has the potential to be very nice but still needs work.

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