It’s been quite a while since I reviewed a vape cart from Curaleaf (December 2018 to be exact – review of their Jack Herer vape cart can be found here.) However, the buzz around their partnership with Select Oils piqued my curiosity. I admittedly had not heard of Select until this, though it was apparently that some other members of the Florida Medical Trees subreddit had heard of them, and were hyped about their introduction to Florida’s medical cannabis market.
A little bit of research revealed that Select is already an established and well-reviewed brand in other legal cannabis states like California and Nevada. They use a “proprietary extraction method” and rigorous in-house testing of all their oils to ensure potency, consistency, purity, and high quality.
The “live” carts, like this Citradelic Sunset cart, take it a step further by adding in live resin terpenes to the cannabis oil. (For a bit of background on live resin for readers who haven’t heard of this type of cannabis concentrate before, click here.) By doing this, the oil should taste and feel closer to what the natural flower form of the given strain does.
At $60 for a half gram cart, these are among the priciest vape carts in Florida. But, as it often does, my curiosity has led me to purchasing it – to see what the hype is all about, if nothing else.
So – how good are the Select Elite Live carts, based off my one experience?
Citradelic Sunset – Hybrid
Price at time of review: $60/0.5g cart
(I’m sure there’s at least a small amount of CBD in this cart, but it isn’t listed on the box or label.)
75.60% Total Cannabinoids
I can definitely tell that the terpenes are more “fresh” in this cart than others. The taste is closer to flower than other carts I’ve tried – and not necessarily by a huge margin when compared to carts with cannabis-derived terpenes, but enough to make a noticeable difference to me.
This Citradelic Sunset cart has a sweet and subtle citrus-forward taste, along with piney and earthy components. In some ways, the taste reminds me of the Alaska vape cart, but obviously the live resin terpenes in the Select cart are going to be a little closer to full flower.
As for the overall taste, I have had better tasting vape carts, but that may be strain-dependent. What can be said for certain, is the the “live” terpenes really do taste a lot like vaping actual flower.
Taste Rating: 8.50/10.00
Vapor and Product Quality
Select uses CCell cartridges, like many other brands I’ve tried – this is a good thing, as the quality is always there with CCell. The plastic mouthpiece like on this cart seems to bother some people, but I don’t necessarily have a strong opinion on the composition of my vape cart mouthpieces.
What I will count off some points in this category for, is for what seems like an excessive amount of “headspace” in the cart. It’s hard to tell in the image above, but my cart arrived filled to about 75-80%. I do understand that some absorption and other factors contribute to the headspace, and that this doesn’t always indicate a shortage of product – but the “headspace” in this cart seemed to be greater than the average of all the other carts that I’ve tried.
Other than that, the cart functions very well. No clogging, no issues – solid performance.
Vapor/Product Quality Rating: 8.00/10.00
This Citradelic Sunset cart really hits in the effects. Though this strain is labeled as a hybrid, the cerebral effects that initially come on with this strain, are easily able to rival some of the most potent sativa stains I’ve tried. Novice and low tolerance consumers should approach this strain with caution, because it can really shift your perception – quickly. I would also say this Elite Live cart feels more like medicating with flower than any other vape cart I’ve tried. A 3-second draw truly feels like I just smoked a bowl of flower, to the point that the effects are almost indistinguishable. Anyone who’s tried a lot of vape carts knows that some seem a bit “empty” on the effects, or otherwise leave something to be desired. I didn’t find that to be the case at all here, and it may be the strongest aspect of this product.
After 20-30 minutes, the effects switch from cerebral to a more balanced, 50/50 split between mind and body effects. I feel stimulated, but not too racy. I feel relaxed, but not lazy or sedated. With that being said, Citradelic Sunset seems like a balanced strain that’s suitable for use at nearly any time of the day.
Possibly good for treating:
- Minor to moderate aches and pains
- Lack of motivation (in lower doses)
- General relaxation/relief
- Relief of nausea and other gastrointestinal symptoms
- Generally versatile strain
Effects Rating: 9.20/10.00
Overall Rating: 8.56/10.00
Curaleaf x Select’s Citradelic Sunset “Elite Live” cart is best described as an “excellent” product.
I can see why there was some hype around the announcement of Select carts being added to the Florida market. The experience is a small step above other vape carts I’ve tried, and for me, is the cart that feels the most like medicating with flower.
Based off this experience, I will likely try another strain from Select’s “Elite Live” cart lineup in the future.
Hope you all have a wonderful morning, afternoon, evening, or night – whichever applies. Thanks for reading the review!
New! – FLMCC Coffee Mugs
I’ve been talking about launching a merchandise line forever, and finally got around to it tonight. The first product is live: the FLMCC Coffee Mug!
These are a great way to support the Collective and have another sleek new mug to add to the collection. They also pair amazingly with great sativa strains!
Here’s a link to the product page: (I highly recommend choosing the black color option!)
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