When I worked at a dispensary, a common question from locals and out-of-towners alike was “Do you carry rosin?” I was always as disappointed to answer “no” as they were to hear it. Longtime medical patients may remember early flower rosins from Shelby County, Revolution, Bedford and In Grown Farms, but no hash rosin has been sold on Illinois shelves before, apart from a few sparse batches from PTS and NuEra that ultimately suffered from lack of refrigeration.
Now Cresco, hot off a major series of acquisitions, is bringing back hash rosin to the Prairie State with the requirement that dispensaries store it properly in a refrigerator in order to best represent the Floracal Farmsbrand’s reputed quality.
I got a gram of Floracal Candy Rain Live Rosin Badder from The Cannabist Chicago with my mind clear of expectations. On one hand, some of my best concentrate experiences have been with hash rosin. On the other, I hadn’t seen a fresh, fragrant, or flavorful gram of it in a local shop yet. This gram was extracted on March 18 and packaged on the 29th, about a month before I cracked it open.
According to Floracal’s website, Candy Rain is a cross of Gelato 41 and London Pound Cake, and its most-produced terpenes are caryophyllene, humulene, and limonene. Unscrewing the puck’s lid, an intense perfume beckoned, my nasal tractor beam drawing the lump of badder closer for a deep whiff as permanent marker terps tinged with lemon buttercream, fresh blueberries, and Windex leapt out.
Visually, the badder was attractive, arriving in a neat cake batter-colored lump that had a soft, clumpy, and workable texture. Upon dissection, the wet sheen on the surface had permeated all the way through the pale yellow rosin, releasing notes of mossy OG gas and a stink surely inherited from the LPC parent. This batch tested at 80.76% THCa, 2.15% THC and no substantial quantities of other cannabinoids.
Dabs between 530F and 545F had a cool scintillating flavor packed with notes of Thin Mint cookies out of the freezer and Nerds candy on the sweet side, as well as cream cheese and fuel for a funky balance. My face became warm with the immediate headrush of each dab that made the first ten minutes of the striking high feel like a plane punching through cloud cover.
Shortly thereafter, I felt a movement-inducing increase in circulation, but not in heart rate, veering away from “racy” territory. Though a bit cognitively disruptive and dizzying in larger doses, I found the net effects of Candy Rain to be activating with a fog of indifference that made it easy to go with the flow and ignore irrelevant thoughts, keeping me grounded.
This rosin was easier on the lungs than nearly any gram of dispensary BHO, but less so than higher quality solventless offerings outside Illinois’ regulated market. On the whole, I was pleased with the first Floracal extract I came across, though the price would be prohibitive for many to enjoy regularly.
I recommend this product mainly for novelty, especially for concentrate users uninitiated into hash rosins, though it also had value as an appetite suppressant, social battery supplement, vasodilator, and queller of anxiety.
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