VAPE REVIEW: Herbish Black Jack

Vape doubles down on the name-brand originals without jacking up the price

Herbish Black Jack vape cartridge

Herbish Black Jack vape cartridge

Photo by Anne Stokes

Black Jack crosses Black Domina with Jack Herer, a high-potency strain beloved by medical marijuana patients.

By far the most exciting play in the card game Blackjack is the double down. In certain apparently advantageous situations, the player can double the bet on their original hand by accepting one additional face-down card from the dealer. If the face-down card ends up winning the hand, you feel like you've been favored by the gods; if it comes up short, you feel cursed and abandoned.

The Sacramento-based cannabis delivery company Herbish also doubled down with their Black Jack vape cartridge, doubling the potency of the brand-name original without jacking up the cost. Priced at $35, these 500 mg cartridges weigh in at an eye-popping 78.9 percent THC, yet still provide an unusual amount of clean flavor. No one gets cursed or abandoned, and we've all been favored by the gods.

Black Jack crosses the Black Domina strain with Jack Herer, a high-potency strain beloved by medical marijuana patients, resulting in a sativa-dominant hybrid that works well with a variety of symptoms. The extract inside the cartridges is a bright rust color, and the vapor offers an exceptionally smooth and clean-finishing flavor that brings herbaceous notes of mint and tea.

Traditionally, Black Jack gives a nice body buzz without impairing focus, and Herbish's concentrated version follows suit, making this a good strain for pain and stress management. Our only quibble: The inhales from the silver metallic mouthpiece are so regulated that it becomes difficult to get a decent-sized hit, and the flavor is too good to tease us like that.

<div class="star-rating"> Content: 78.9% THC </div> <div class="star-rating"> Price: $35 for 500 mg </div> <div class="star-rating"> Uses: Relaxation; headaches; stress and pain management </div> <div class="star-rating"> Pros: An exceptionally smooth flavor, with long-lasting effects </div> <div class="star-rating"> Cons: It's almost impossible to get a decent-sized hit </div>