Packaging, Labeling & Product Design
The ACDC PAX Era box’s design is about the same as all of the other PAX pods I’ve come across: minimal white cardboard like you’d find at the Apple Store. The box itself has a graphic indicating the best time of day to use, the cannabinoid content: 49.29% CBD+CBDa, 17.23% total THC, 0.780% terpenes plus lab tests for micro-biologicals, pesticides, and residual solvents. Unfortunately, there’s no way to verify these results. I’d also like to see full cannabinoid and major terpene profiles and know what the other 32.7% of this oil consists of.
When I opened the box, I expected to see a card with info on the recommended vape temperature like the last NATIV pod I tried, but no luck. The pod comes in a canister with a sleek and clever design, sporting a hard-plastic see-through window and a child-proof twist top that could fit on a prescription pill bottle. I initially had trouble opening it! Wait, if I struggled to open a child-safe twist top, does that make my ex, right?
And unlike the my last NATIV pod, this one had a sticker on the top and bottom of the cardboard slipcase to keep anyone from tampering with it. While I like this clean, muted style, it’s not nearly as eye-catching as many other brands that utilize PAX pods. The pod itself is clearly labeled so I won’t risk of mixing up this pod with the rest of my of mood-altering characters.
Quality, Ease of Use
The oil is clear and almost colorless, with a slight buttery tint (thankfully without a buttery taste like California chardonnay). While it has a rich, sunny color, the oil was thinner than I like.
As the label says, there’s only 0.780% terpenes, so the taste is subtle. It offered a pleasant sour flavor that I expect from the ACDC strain, which was more delectable than NATIV’s OG Rosin pod (also reviewed). However, the flavor does have some inert taste that I can’t quite put my finger on, something you don’t expect in a Pax Era Pod. Still, the overall flavor isn’t bad, but not as tasty as a CBD cartridge like the Marley Natural Red.
This lack of thickness coupled with the slightly vague flavor makes me wonder if some filler was added.
Potency, Effectiveness & Affordability
Set at the suggested 640°F (which I had to find on their site) and this pod provides a thick, smooth and sizeable vapor cloud I like. Surprising considering the other last NATIV pod I tried didn’t produce nearly as much at its suggested temp. Luckily, you can always crank up or reduce the temperature to your preference.
After three hits I started calming down, racing heart settling. Finally some relief. This lasted for about a half hour until I started to puff again. They may not be as long-lasting as other CBD vapes (like Select’s Ringo’s Gift), but that may be because of the equal ratio (I usually prefer a 1:1.) Expect a slight head-change as a result of the mild levels of THC in this vape, but expect it to be chill. A great choice if you’re new to cannabis and want to ease into it.
For around $56, the price is on par with many other CBD vape oils; the fact that it’s a PAX Era-compatible pod makes it an even greater value! However, seeing that 32.7% of the oil is unaccounted for makes me uneasy.
Nugg Score: How the Nugg Team Rates This Product
- Minimal packaging with a sleek inside canister.
- Child-safe twist top that keeps product secure.
- Sticker on top and bottom to prevent tampering.
- Stylish but muted style; not nearly as eye-catching as other brands that utilize PAX pods.
- Minimal labeling on exterior box.
- Lists CBD, THC and terpene percentages on the back.
- Graphic indicates the best time of day to use.
- States that this product has passed tests, but there’s no way to verify.
- I would have liked to see the full cannabinoid profile and major terpenes.
Cartridge Quality: 4.5/5
- Oil is contained in food-grade plastic with a dual-wick and dual-airflow.
- Leak resistant.
- A true marvel of modern technology.
- Only 0.780% terps, so taste is subtle.
- A pleasant sour taste that I expect from the ACDC strain, but not as tasty as other vapes I’ve tried.
- I definitely got more flavor from this ACDC pod than from NATIV’s OG pod.
- Contains some inert taste that I can’t pinpoint — could be a filler of sorts.
Vapor Quality: 5/5
- Had to find the suggested temperature online (640 degrees).
- Pod provides a thick, smooth vapor.
- Exactly the size of cloud I like to pull from a vape (more than the last time I tried a NATIV pod).
Oil Quality: 3.5/5
- Clear, nearly colorless with a slight yellow tint.
- Too thin for a high rating; makes me wonder about added filler.
- After three puffs, my body felt calm and my racing heart began to settle.
- Effects lasted 25 minutes; not as long as other CBD-rich vapes on the market.
- Expect a slight head-change, but a chill experience overall.
Ease of Use: 3.5/5
- If you have the proper battery, it’s just plug ‘n play.
- PAX Era battery tech allows you to control precise heat settings down to a single degree.
- If you don’t have the PAX Era battery, your oil is as good as wasted.
- These PAX pods will always provide the same results, and so will NATIV’s oil inside.
- A trusted brand to provide consistent relief.
- For $56, the price is on par with many other CBD vape cartridges on the market.
- Since it’s in a PAX Pod, this NATIV ACDC is an even greater value!
- The unknown oil kept me from giving it a higher score.
Overall Rating: 4.05
The NATIV ACDC pod helped me survive a high-angst day. Its efficacy and high-quality, leak resistant design make them more unique than most, especially with the app allowing you to control the heat to a single degree. This tasty PAX Era 3:1 ACDC vape greatly eased my stress related symptoms. I only wish I knew what the over 30% of unknown oil consisted of. The cost is comparable to other PAX pods – just remember to get the PAX Era battery. Otherwise, like trickle-down economics and warm Coca-Cola, this pod won’t do anything for you!
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