Great Cannabis Concentrates of Southern California
July 1st ushered in a new era for the California cannabis marketplace. When marijuana was legalized for adult use on January 1, 2018, a six-month grace period was offered to cannabis companies to become fully compliant with the new laws. That period came to a close on June 30th. Strict rules governing the testing, packaging, and labeling of all cannabis products means that some California companies have had to pull their wares off shelves until they can meet the restrictions. Many well-known cannabis brands are not currently available—but most companies are working feverishly to get compliant product consumer-ready.
In the meantime, there are still delicious, potent concentrates to be had in Southern California! Here are some of the best concentrates currently available in SoCal, as recommended by budtenders and dab connoisseurs.
Raw Garden Live Resin
Many cannasseurs consider live resin to be the pinnacle of cannabis concentrates. Dabbing it at low temps gives you the tastiest hits, no coughing necessary. Raw Garden Live Resin is carefully crafted from fresh-frozen, whole-plant flowers for maximum terpene flavors. This sativa-dominant sauce makes for delicious, slightly spicy dabs that give you a breezy, euphoric high. A gram goes for around $35.
Exclusive Melts x Pearl Pharma Sauce
Sometimes you put your nose in a jar and get a good, deep whiff of something that actually makes your mouth water. Such is the case with this collaboration from Exclusive Melts and Pearl Pharma: Kosher Jack Sauce. The live resin has a sweet, spicy aroma and a slightly nutty flavor that’s perfect for a productive afternoon high. A half-gram goes for around $35.
Diamond Dab Shatter
One Place to Find It: Zen West Hollywood
Concentrates take many forms, and shatter ranks high on the list as one of the purest types of extract, with its amber-glass transparency. King Louis OG Shatter from Diamond Dab comes highly recommended from the team at Zen—it’s clean and piney, with a little whiff of diesel and even a hint of berry scent, and the high is soaring and immediate. The cream and gold faux-leather case is a nice touch. A half-gram goes for $20.
Lemony and sweet-tasting, with the slight touch of fuel and earth Sour Diesel is known for, Dabblicious has created a delicious, uplifting extract with its Hashy Larry’s Sour Diesel Sauce. The company also makes several other flavorful concentrates, including Mutant Caviar and Larry OG Live Resin Budder. Dabblicious concentrates are complex, clean, and straight up delici—um, dabblicious. A gram will run you around $40.
Legion of Bloom Live Resin
One Place to Find It: Buds & Roses
Legion of Bloom Live Resin encapsulates the full-bodied aromatic experience of the whole cannabis plants it is sourced from. Try Holy Grail for a balanced, heady elevation, or Boost for an energetic, euphoric high. Extracted at supercritical temperatures to preserve terpenes, this flavorful, fragrant high-grade live resin sauce is the complete package. A gram goes for about $45.
Moxie Live Resin
One Place to Find It: WHTC
Moxie is a heavyweight in the concentrates game, and their live resin takes popular strains to the next level. Take Moxie’s Gusher Sauce, for example: the Triangle Kush x Gelato hybrid is a THC powerhouse. Those with a high tolerance will enjoy the double whammy of physical relaxation and mental agility. A half gram goes for about $25.