When it comes to CBD companies these days, the sheer abundance of brands and products can be overwhelming. Many white-label brands are quick to slap a logo on and get to selling, especially in the deluge of products that followed the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Secret Nature prides itself on being something different from the pack, and has some intriguing practices to back it up (we are always excited to see a grow that uses living soil). The brand heralds itself as “artisan CBD,” so we put Secret Nature’s line of CBD vape cartridges to the test to find out just what that might mean.
The black and gold color packaging is tasteful and well designed. For such a stylish container it also has substance, and communicates all of the vital information that real hemp connoisseurs are looking for: a total cannabinoid breakdown with clearly denoted batch and testing results. The glass-and-metal cartridge has a refined look and feel, and the cylindrical form factor is a pleasing departure from standard vape tips. The look is completed by beautifully golden live resin, with no nucleation or discoloration to be found. Perhaps the only plain part is that inside the box, the vape itself sits inside a pretty standard plastic pouch, but it didn’t detract from the overall design.
Right upon opening the packaging, you’re greeted with a wave of aroma. Each cartridge is strain-specific, with only cannabis-derived terpenes (which the team greatly appreciated). In general, we don’t expect to smell much with a CBD cartridge, so this was a very pleasant surprise. When puffed, there is a brief noticeable cannabis terpene smell, so those accustomed to more fruit-derived and synthetic terpenes may want to be aware. However, it’s not overpowering, nor does it linger on exhale; it’s quite a nice balance.
The vapes have a tasty, silky flavor. Even when taking the biggest rip possible off a standard CCell battery, the hit was smooth, flavorful and caused no coughing. The terpenes are clearly defined and crisp without being overwhelming. The White Fire OG has that classic OG taste, the Lemon Diesel has its signature citrus zing. Most importantly, there is none of the astringent “vape-y” taste that permeates the lower end of the cartridge market. There’s a wisp of fruity sweetness on the very end that is indicative of almost all CBD products, however it never came close to the full cherry-cough-syrup taste that dabbing CBD isolate can have.
Here is where the pens really shined. We try a good amount of CBD products here on the PotGuide team, and this has been one of the most effective we’ve seen. One reviewer reported significant help with back pain, another with anxiety and nausea, and yet another praised it for help sleeping. All of the reviewers reported pronounced relaxation, with a clear, focused mental state. The team received a hybrid (Gelato), Sativa (Lemon Diesel), and an Indica (White Fire OG), and each fell pretty well within its type. It was clear that the diverse cannabinoid profile and cannabis-derived terpenes allowed for a true entourage effect. On this part, all we can say is, kudos.
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Secret Nature’s CBD vapes are some of the best we’ve found. Even heavy THC cartridge consumers on the team were impressed, and greatly enjoyed the vape either as a complement to THC or solo (also a sentiment shared by the entire review squad). The pronounced effect, coupled with a high quality look and superior flavor has been among the best offerings we’ve seen in the CBD vape category. At $40 for a 700mg cart, we’d say the value is definitely there. The fact that they’re living soil, organic, pesticide free and vegan is just icing on the cake. The “artisan” moniker is well earned.