Rogue River Labs Delta-8 THC Cartridge Review

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    Vaping CBD was familiar to me. So was a cannabis cartridge. And I was curious about trying delta-8 THC. So, I decided to give Rogue River Labs Delta-8 THC Cartridge a whirl.

    I had been hearing a lot about this minor cannabinoid. Seems like there were delta-8 products everywhere. I’d heard that users experience all the positive effects of regular delta-9THC but with less high. That has some appeal in situations where you need a clear head. As a writer, I have certainly found that helps.

    I have osteoarthritis in my joints, so I use cannabis products. CBD helps a lot, but there are times when I have a little more pain. Then I tend to use marijuana. While I enjoy the psychotropic effects, they can interfere with getting work done. Thus, my interest in using a milder form of THC.

    My hope was to get the stronger pain relief yet be sober enough to get work done.

    I came across this cartridge from the Dr. Ganja store, and so I product-tested it. And found I really liked it!

    I wasn’t familiar with Rogue River Labs brand, so I investigated online to see what I could learn.

    What Did I Discover About Rogue River Labs?

    The name of the company comes from the fact they reside in Rogue River, Oregon. That’s in the heart of the West Coast cannabis region.

    Their entire focus is delta-8 THC. That’s all that they make or market. They are big believers in this particular cannabinoid. The company promotes it as an alternative to the delta-9 THC in marijuana. It’s said to have the same pain-relieving and stress-releasing properties. But it has a slighter and briefer high.

    The delta-8 they isolate comes from quality industrial hemp. It’s all grown and manufactured in the United States. Packages contain QR-codes that link directly to batch testing results. Transparency is important to the company. They want their customers to feel confident that they are getting safe and effective products.

    Their one product line is vaporizer cartridges. Like the one I planned to try.

    Rogue River Labs Delta-8 THC Cartridge: Product Specifications

    • Product Size: 1ml cartridge
    • Strength: 700mg delta-8 THC
    • Suggested Use: 1-2puffs from the mouthpiece. Wait several minutes for the effects to settle in fully. After that, take as needed or desired.
    • Cautions: delta-8 has psychotropic effects, so don’t drive after taking this product. It is a good idea to consult your doctor before use.
    • Ingredients: delta-8 THC vape oil, Twisted Citrus terpenes
    • Contains less than 0.3% delta-9. Thus, their products are federally legal. However, some state laws may prohibit sale and use of their products.
    • Pesticide and solvent free

    Appearance, Labeling and First Impressions

    The packaging is simplicity itself. They weren’t going for flashy. It’s a two-part plastic sleeve with a cardboard insert and the cartridge itself in the middle.

    The front side of the insert has the company’s logo. It’s a blue-colored scene with a river in the foreground and mountains and pine trees behind it. Below that are the words ‘Hemp Derived Delta-8 Vape Cartridge’. Then there is the description ‘Twisted Citrus (Hybrid)’. The insert notes the volume of the cart as 1g or 0.035 ounces. Lastly a cannabis leaf symbol denotes that they make the vape oil from hemp. At a glance, users can tell exactly what they have in their hands.

    Flipping it over, the reverse side has an explanation of exactly what delta-8 THC is right at the top. Basically, it tells the reader that it’s a ‘minor cannabinoid similar to THC and CBD’. It also notes that the vape oil has ‘unique properties’. It combines ‘analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD with those of THC’. THC, it explains, has euphoric properties. That’s the high rush that users experience when they take a puff from the cartridge. The paragraph says the active ingredient attaches to both CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. Those are integral parts of the human body’s endocannabinoid system.

    Below the initial paragraph is another. This one has a header asking, ‘Is it Legal’? It answers its own question with ‘yes’, and then explains further. It seems ‘recent guidance from the USDA has clarified the legality of hemp derived delta-8’. Any restrictions tend to involve delta-9 or THCa. But as noted above, there are some states that do restrict this variety of THC. That means customers might want to do some research into the specific laws where they live.

    At the bottom-left of the insert’s backside is a QR-code. Then there’s the manufacturer’s name and location. Beside that is the name and location of the 3rd-party lab that does their quality testing. And at the very bottom is the email address where customers can send any questions.

    So, there’s a good deal of information on the package’s cardboard insert.

    The cartridge itself is pretty standard. There’s a white plastic mouthpiece. The center section is clear, showing the golden oil inside. And the silver bottom is a 510-threaded connection that screws onto a vape pen. A white, rubbery cap covers that.

    Having examined all that, it was time to give it a try.

    Smell and Taste

    Attaching a vaporizer cartridge is pretty simple. Open the package, take out the cart. Remove the cap and then screw that cart onto the vape battery base. Press the button and begin vaping.

    Now, puffing on a cannabis cartridge always gives me lung busters. This was no different. I did cough a bit. Aside from that it does have a taste that I would describe as lemon-lime with a hint of pineapple.

    And the exhaled vapor was rather lemony. The nice part about the fruity odor as it doesn’t leave a weedy aroma lingering in the air. That can be important if you desire discretion about your cannabis use. The neighbors won’t smell cannabis necessarily. Though coughing after repeated hitting may clue them in.

    So then, after a hit or two what did I experience?

    Testing Process and Experience

    This stuff will give you a pretty good buzz. It really felt like a standard cannabis cartridge hit at first. The high itself seemed to dissipate after about half an hour. But the pain relief for my osteoarthritis lasted much longer. I’d say at least a couple of hours, which is about what straight marijuana does for me.

    Personally, I think CBD effects last longer, but cannabis gives stronger relief. This cart was more like the latter.

    I started with one hit and then waited. Then once the effects wore off, I tried multiple hits at once. Like 2 or 3 together. While the initial effects were more potent with more hits, they still seemed to last the same amount of time.

    So, is delta-8 really THC light? Sure, sort of. Initially no, it hits just like a cannabis cart. But the high dissipated more quickly. I felt I could dose the vaporizer oil many times throughout the day and remain more clear-headed.

    Final Verdict

    This was my first experience with this particular cannabinoid. Overall, it impressed me! The packaging is simple but informative. And I liked the taste and aroma of the Rogue River cart. The effects are hefty initially, but the psychotropic buzz is relatively short-lived. What does seem to last is the pain relief. That’s a big deal to me. I’d say I also felt more relaxed and happier after hitting off this cart.

    If you’ve never tried anything like this, I’d go slow at first. But if you like CBD or THC, you’ll probably like this hemp-based vape oil cartridge.

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