ABX goes above and beyond the average THC distillate cartridge. Their ABX Live line combines THC distillate with live resin to give the consumer more of a full-spectrum experience.
THC distillation for vaping removes natural terpenes (terps) during the process. These terps are often artificially added back in later to give vapes their flavor but lack the properties that enhance the THC high. Sure, THC alone will get you high, but the entourage effect of other cannabinoids and terps are what keep you there.
Instead of curing their cannabis plants, which can sacrifice 55-60% of the plant’s natural oils, ABX flash-freezes them as soon as they’re harvested to preserve the natural oils and terps in the plant. Once extracted, the live resin still has all the terps and oils intact, providing for a richer cannabis experience.
ABX’s live resin Dart pods are a 50/50 mix of THC distillate and live resin terps, meaning you get the potent THC high as well as the compounds to keep you there longer.
ABX’s Live line has several strains to choose from, each with its own unique effects and properties. I chose Gelato based on its description:
Gelato offers deep euphoria that some report as best-suited for experienced cannabis users. This delightful, indica-dominant strain may impart relaxation with an uplifting focus.Mankind Dispensary
A combination of Thin Mints + Sunset Sherbet, Gelato has been added to the category of “west coast craft cannabis” that focuses as much on taste as it does effect. Clocking in at about 65% THC, its potency is enhanced by the natural oils and terps preserved during the live resin extraction process.
While it is classified as indica-dominant, I’ve found this strain to be perfect for starting my day. Because I struggle with anxiety and depression, I need to find that fine line I can walk that balances both out. Gelato provides me with the euphoria to help treat my depression as well as enough relaxation to calm my anxiety. I can walk into a room feeling much more balanced, thanks to Gelato’s effects.
If you’re looking for a heavy indica that’s going to leave you couch locked for a few hours, this is not for you. However, if you’re looking for the equivalent of a glass of wine/beer after a hard day, go out and get this now. It can’t change the bad day you had, but it will definitely help you move on to healthier, happier times. If you struggle with social anxiety, this is the perfect strain to hit before heading to any type of gathering. It sedates you enough to be relaxed but not to the point where you can’t focus.
If you’ve never tried a Dart pod, you’re missing out. They rip much heavier than a threaded vape cart, and I’ve found them to be more reliable. The Dart battery is small and discreet, and with the pod on top is about the size of a USB flash drive. This means it fits discreetly in a pocket or purse. You also don’t have to worry about screwing anything on; the Dart pod attaches securely to the battery with a simple magnet. No more wondering if you have the cart screwed on right.
Bottom line – This is the perfect strain and product to have with you at a convention, meeting, or even before work. It renders the user relaxed but not catatonic, euphoric but not silly, and ready to participate in a gathering.