REVIEW: 5) Mary’s Medicinals CBD Review
Brand: Mary’s Medicinals & Elite Botanicals CBD
Product: Mary’s CBD Distillate Vape
Type: Full Spectrum CBD Distillate
Form: 3:1/CBD:THC Blend
Ratio: CBD 52% THC 17%
Potency: CBD 260 mg, THC 85 mg, CBN <4 mg
Cost: Cartridge w/Battery can be between $70-$100. Cartridge Only could be $50-$80 (Cost Varies by Dispensary Pricing Model)
Origin: Colorado Cannabis (THC) & Hemp (CBD)
Extraction: Ethanol Extraction
Ingredients: Natural Terpene Blend, Cannabis Extract (Ethanol)
Availability: Colorado Dispensaries Med or Rec21+
Category: Concentrate (as opposed to Dry Herb or Edibles)
At CBD Reviewers, we ONLY Recommend this product to those of legal consumption age. DO NOT Recommend this product to anyone under the legal age limit for legalized cannabis use in your state. If Cannabis Is Decriminalized In Your State, the required age is typically 21 and over for Recreational and 18 and over for Medical use.
Mary’s Medicinals CBD Review
This is our first CBD review that is based on a product derived from Cannabis. All other CBD reviews dealt with sampling non-psychoactive hemp-based products. Therefore, this review format will be slightly different than the previous reviews of the brands that sell their CBD extracted from the hemp plant.
Therefore, we must reiterate that our CBD Reviewers are based in Denver, Colorado. So, this is 110% legal to sample cannabis products with a CBD:THC ratio — specifically, CBD extracted from Cannabis.
Nonetheless, this is a special product to review. The portion of CBD included in this product is much higher than the amount of THC. As many surely know that CBD and THC are very much compatible and work In synergy together to achieve a purely natural “entourage effect” — SEE CBD INFO PAGE FOR DETAILS.
Some of the most hardcore Cannabis Advocates would argue that the full benefit of CBD and a true “entourage effect” is not able to be felt without a larger dose of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) greater than 0.3%. Of course, 0.3% THC content is the amount legally permitted in CBD products derived from Hemp.
Mary’s Medicinals Brand is a CBD Pioneer
It is imperative that I start out by declaring my unyielding respect for this brand. They undoubtedly lead the cannabis industry in delivering an all-around quality experience for consumers.
When It comes to the innovation, cultivation, processing and packaging of their products, it is difficult to think of a company who performs the entire overall process just as professionally as Mary’s Medicinals.
This business is the poster child for setting industry standards and compliance. What’s most impressive about this brand is their ability to educate the consumer. Any Mary’s Medicinals customer is typically well-versed in knowing the proper information regarding the possible health benefits of CBD and/or potential advantages for wellness from Cannabis.
As a matter of fact, Mary’s Medicinals even provides any curious consumer who visits their flawless website with resources to get involved with Advocacy – to get Involved in Legalization. Overall, here at CBD Reviewers, we feel this brand serves as a respected leader of cannabinoid exploration, bringing scientific based results to the forefront of commerce. We find it difficult to even fathom being dissatisfied with any products this brand represents.
MarysMedicinals.com highlights some key awards earned by their innovative brand approach: the site states, “Mary is dedicated to developing innovative products, which have garnered numerous accolades including 2014 Invention of the Year in the Cannabis Business Awards, Most Innovative Product at the CannAwards and Best New Product at the High Times Cannabis Cup.”
Mary’s Medicinals Distillate Vape Cartridge 3:1 (CBD:THC)
In reference to the 3:1 CBD Distillate Vape Cartridge, Mary’s Medicinals says, “Staying true to our core values, Mary’s set out to manufacture a pure, additive free, industry-leading vape pen, offering instant relaxing relief. After a year of research into nearly every aspect of the product, from formulation to hardware, Mary’s is proud to introduce our CBD:THC 3:1 vape.”
When we contacted this brand, they promptly replied. Altogether, we had some general questions about the origin of the CBD compound. Basically, we were curious about the extraction process and the general source of both the THC and CBD.
Mary’s Medicinals prompt and convenient response consisted of stating, “The CBD is sourced from Hemp from Elite Botanicals farm in Loveland, Colorado. The THC is sourced from Cannabis and we get it from a few different grows. The hemp is grown by Elite Botanicals through a Colorado Department of Agriculture license. The THC raw material comes from a CO MED licensed facility.”
This was indeed very helpful information, to say the least. In reference to the extraction process, the MM brand provided even further detail and of course, using their skills for educating once again about some highly relevant details concerning Distillate that we were initially unaware of. CBD Reviewers and other consumers have Mary’s Medicinals to thank for contributing to this review by lending their generosity, time and knowledge.
Mary’s Medicinals told us, “First, THC is alcohol extracted and CBD is either alcohol or Butane extracted. Distillation is a refining process-meaning it is a secondary process that is done after the initial extraction. There are virtually no residual solvents left after distillation and everything goes through an extensive purging process before it is even distilled to remove any solvents from either alcohol or butane.” Enough said. This is exactly what I had expected and I am thankful, I knew I would get taken to school. Sounds about right to me.
Mary’s Medicinals clarifies further by explaining, “With an earthy flavor and fresh aromatic scent, Mary’s new vape offers relaxing relief without the intense high often associated with a straight THC vape. This all natural terpene blend is smooth with no cutting agents and includes clean oil from distillate.”
Ultimately, this “earthy flavor” descriptor is absolutely the whole truth and nothing but. It is almost too accurate to describe the flavor as “earthy.” Most pure CBD is rather earthy, so this type of taste is indeed expected. Yet, nothing could have prepared me for this sort of naturally strong earthiness.
What does “earthy” literally mean? In one way or another, I’ve always described this adjective as being a nice way of sugarcoating the natural purity of a distinct flavor. Truthfully, earthy could also be explained by saying that the flavor is reminiscent of dirt or a grassy yard.
No disrespect to the Mary’s brand – their products have been groundbreaking and highly effective for countless people. Any business dedicated to providing a pathway to healing for so many individuals plagued with times of endless suffering, is a business who I will personally always support. The transdermal CBD/THC 1:1 patch has helped me out tremendously.
Taking this into consideration, the review of the first distillate vape pen version they’ve released must remain open and honest. Just as CBD Reviewers has a responsibility to the brands we sample, we also have a responsibility to all consumers by remaining transparent and trustworthy.
From this, I hate to say this, but I must admit, this is one vape cartridge I had a very difficult time enjoying. The flavor is so unsavory and distasteful that I think it made me feel slightly nauseated.
Before any “Ride or Die Mary’s Brand Users” throw a temper tantrum, please hear this out. Obviously, we typically praise MM with immense gratitude. We are genuine in our sincerity.
Not to mention, we understand that the flavor tastes so much different because many of the other vape cartridge options of cannabis concentrates include solvents, flavoring agents and who knows what other additives in order to create a savory and memorable taste and scent.
While these other brands are not necessarily creating the most pure and natural cannabis products, they are still very easy to enjoy. Perhaps it is necessary to create a production process that involves including so many additives or potentially harmful extraction agents in order to cover-up the nasty natural taste of extracted cannabinoids and terpenes that are ultimately burned into the concentrate category — then again, this is a hypothetical assumption.
Of course, I’m only trying to make sense of why one of the most exciting products to be released in 2017 has disappointed me in such an unexpected way. Indeed, expectations were undoubtedly higher than usual, so I think that was also a major factor for the unanticipated level of displeasure. Nevertheless, as badly as I wanted this vape cartridge to be my new go-to cannabis vape product, it was not, by any means. The flavor was such a buzzkill, literally.
In regards to these complaints and the factors highlighted as the pitfalls of the vape experience, from being very familiar with Mary’s Medicinals, I have a feeling that their relentless passion for innovating will takeover and improvements to this situation will become a top priority.
More than likely, there will be improvements and a valid explanation for why they choose to enhance the product just as CBD Reviewers provided a greatly detailed description for having such an unexpected vaping experience.
What is most appealing about this Vape Pen is that it’s cannabinoid ratio is 3:1 CBD to THC, with an additional terpene-rich profile included. This is impressive for many reasons, such as, this is the first high-CBD Cannabis-based Distillate vape cartridge that is essentially solvent-free.
For the many who may be unfamiliar with the particular terms used in the above paragraph, I can rephrase what was described in Layman’s terms. To simplify the description, another way to explain the MM recipe is that this is not the same ole’ vape pen with butane extracted cannabis oil concentrate full of potentially harmful additives. The solventless concoction is extracted with ethanol, allowing the Mary’s Medicinals Distillate to be one of the only purely natural forms of cannabis concentrate that is “vape-capable.”
Most other cannabis oil vape pen options are accompanied by a cannabinoid ratio that is either 1:1 or 2:1 CBD to THC. Thus, a 3:1 ratio is very encouraging to consumers seeking out high-CBD products at dispensaries. As one of these high CBD-seeking consumers, I always witness the majority of most Denver-area dispensaries being nearly out-of-stock, when it comes to their inventory of CBD vape cartridges.
Therefore, a high-CBD vaping product is always a major seller at any Denver Dispensary. For instance, I haven’t seen any other comparable product to the Mary’s Medicinal 3:1 Distillate Vape. Until recently when I found one of the newest additions to the Colorado Cannabis Market, “Northern Standard”
The specs for the overall design, quality and expected outcome to this cartridge are as follows:
- 500 mg pyrex glass cartridges
- High Cannabinoid Potency
- Additive Free
- Convenient, discreet, rapid uptake
- Accurately dosed draw count
- Relaxing without the high
The battery that is sold separately (or in rare cases as an all-in-one type of kit) is definitely not disappointing. Of course, it is consistently strong, not too over-powerful. At the same time, it is a quality power source for vape cartridges.
As a vaper, this battery is not necessarily the most impressive I’ve ever used, yet when it comes to accompanying a vape cartridge, it is by far one of the better selections. Being able to harness some high power with heat control without simultaneously compromising maximum flavor.
Personally, my only issue is that this 3:1 Vape,cartridge can surely become something amazing, but this first version has been disappointing to say the least, it taste like I’m vaping a flower pot. It’s overall taste is quite off-putting. After I began thinking perhaps I was just a vape snob, in response, I had a friend give it a taste and he was just as displeased.
Regardless of the unpalatable flavor, the overall product was truly designed and formulated as a 3:1 CBD to THC ratio and therefore, the comprehensive physical effects should be more satisfying. Unfortunately, the truth is that I did not feel that much relief that I typically feel from CBD products. The distillate is so awfully flavored that it somehow made me feel lightheaded and sickly.
Why? I have no clue. Mary’s Medicinals has never let me down and I am a firm believer in their products. I’ve been consuming Cannabis based products for nearly 20 years, so it wasn’t any adverse effects from the THC I honestly think perhaps I’m just a vape snob because the flavor killed the entire experience for me.
The flavor is actually strong and potent, it’s obvious the cartridge is filled with purely an all-fresh full spectrum CBD. It’s seemingly overpowering and does not satisfy my own picky palate.
Of course, It’s feasible to suggest how some might say, “Who cares? This is all about the high-quality CBD balancing out the psychoactive effects that accompanies the smaller percentage of THC, allowing for the full therapeutic benefits facilitated by the CBD.” Agreed. Point well-made.
However, perhaps the best way to justify this scenario is to understand why to some people, enjoying the overall taste “in the moment” is more satisfying. While for others, the naturally pure unsavory flavor, yet healthier option allows them to feel as if they will live longer, keeping their minds at ease.
Taking all this into consideration, a part of me feels as if this review and the comments regarding the unappealing flavor are all irrelevant now that it is December 2017. This is due to the fact that this top-notch brand is teaming up with one of the most impressive cannabis vapor device providers, PAX Labs.
Knowing that these two brands are going to be combining the Mary’s distillate to be used in a PAX ERA device, reassures me that a solution to optimize the overall taste has been discovered and will now be implemented with a superior vaping device.
All in all, this is such a massive “game-changer” and we are very excited for the opportunity to sample these PAX/Mary products. The future is always just another day away in the innovative Cannabis Industry and we hope to see more success from this industry leader.
Mary’s Medicinals own Words on the PAX Partnership:
“Two industry-leading brands, dedicated to quality and innovation, combine technology and horticulture to bring an unprecedented vapor and distillate product to the market”
More Information About Mary’s Medicinals
Best known for the developer of the award-winning transdermal patch, Mary’s Medicinals defines themselves as a “Wellness Company” that has been innovating at the intersection of engineering, technology and horticulture.
This championed Colorado brand continues to impress regularly in countless ways. As they mentioned they’re relentless approach to innovation, Mary’s Medicinals is also an industry leader for educating consumers and supporting advocacy efforts.
Their statements on their website explains their overall mission clearly. On their site, it states, “Mary’s mission is to transform how people view and utilize plants by developing products that isolate the benefits of vital herbal extracts for optimum patient care. All Mary’s Medicinals products have the Seal of Approval from The Realm of Caring.”
8 Dimensions of Wellness Review Rating System:
PRODUCT REVIEWED: Mary’s Medicinals Distillate Vape Cartridge 3:1
Eight Dimensions of Wellness Total Score: 30/40 points
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We must reiterate that our CBD Product Reviewers are based in Denver, Colorado. So, this is 100% legal to sample cannabis products within the official borders of Colorado. Since this particular CBD product is made with a CBD:THC ratio and directly extracted from Cannabis, we must remind everyone this is a product for adult use.
We do not agree with the use of such a product for anyone under the legal age. Void wherever states still prohibit sales – along with other countries still practicing prohibition.
Never drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery after using a product with these general ingredients, particularly from Cannabis or THC. The legal limit for the approved amount of THC in hemp-based CBD products THC. levels above 0.3%
HEMP VS. CANNABIS
It is imperative to remember there is a vast difference among the Hemp and Cannabis Plants.
Remember, the hemp plant has been Federally legalized by legislation known as the Farm Bill, allowing for nationally approved cultivation. However, Cannabis or Marijuana is, unfortunately listed as a Class 1 narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act.
Regardless, while some states continue to throw support into creating backwards laws against the cultivation of the Hemp Plant, the consumption, cultivation and sale of the Cannabis plant has been decriminalized almost nationwide, state-by-state, with medical or recreational use approved through legislation.
State Laws have been enacted to allow recreational adult use for those 21 years of age or older in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Alaska primarily by majority vote of the residents of these states
Mary’s Medicinals Statement
The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficiency of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. If you are taking any medication or are under treatment for any disease, please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using these products. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.