Dark Star Crumble
Strain: Dark Star Crumble - Hybrid
Contributor: Asia Mayfield
Product price: $25
AMA has an impressive line of affordable concentrates. The Dark Star crumble was far from the only appealing option on the menu. I settled on it because of its healthy 78% THC content, and its intriguing name. I’ve never tried Dark Star flower.
The crumble is a light, buttery yellow. It looks like you could smear it on a slice of toast and eat it for breakfast. It’s a little disconcerting how small 0.5g is when you look at it. But, when you smoke it, you’ll realize how strong it is. It may feel like you should have gotten more, but it’s hard to believe that one small clump is so potent.
The crumble-making process isn’t kind to terpenes. These aromatic oils are often destroyed when flower is turned into crumble. This means that the aroma emitted by Dark Star crumble is weaker than the aroma emitted by untouched flower. Still, there’s enough of a scent for it to be pleasing. It smells like fall leaves mixed with gasoline and sugar. An odd, yet attractive combination.
There’s nothing wrong with the flavor. In fact, it’s vaguely appealing. The problem lies in its simplicity. The flavor reminds me of smokey, spiced grass. If you mix the crumble with flower, instead of taking a dab hit, the taste disappears, melding with the flavor of the weed. Honestly, you’re probably not going to remember much about this taste. The best compliment I can give it is that it’s not actively off-putting.
You don’t have to wait long to feel the effects of this crumble. Testing at more than 75% THC, Dark Star crumble is so strong that I was completely blitzed after half a puff. There are no surprises here, you know exactly what you’re getting into when you start loading crumble bowls. The high is so strong that it lifts your body and mind, making it impossible to tell if it’s a sativa or indica.
Dark Star crumble isn’t for the hesitant. You’re going to get wildly, ridiculously high when you smoke it. There’s no way to avoid it. Just make sure you choose the right moment to indulge. In other words, don’t smoke a fat crumble bowl ten minutes before meeting your in-laws.
I’ll admit, I’m a little biased. Crumble, especially cheap crumble, is irresistible. It’s almost impossible for a real cannabis operation to mess it up. Crumble’s a good choice for people who are new to concentrates because you don’t have to use a dab rig. It’s easy to sprinkle the substance on a joint, or loaded bowl.
5765 W Tropicana Ave,
Las Vegas, NV 8910
Phone number: (702) 500-1714
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. daily
Essence is one of the top dispensaries in town. There are three different locations, with the main spot located on the Strip. Hoping to avoid the crowds, I visited their West Tropicana location, instead. The building is stuck in a nondescript shopping mall.
Inside the dispensary, everything looks new. It’s as if the owners just completed a bout of redecorating. Waist-high display cases litter the room. Some of the cases have small tablets embedded on top. Consumers can flick through the tablet to find detailed product information.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for on your own, ask a budtender. There is usually a row of them standing behind cash registers against the wall. Your budtender and your cashier are the same person. This tends to make the process faster. You don’t have to wait around after figuring out what you want; your budtender grabs it immediately.
Essence has a sprawling menu. I could spend weeks sampling everything they have to offer. Their line-up of concentrates is particularly juicy. They have everything you can imagine from THC droppers, to vape cartridges, to crumble, and more. After a recommendation from my budtender, I ended up focusing on AMA concentrates. There was a ton of variety, and they were all reasonably priced.
The only annoying thing about Essence is their hours. A 10:00 a.m. opening time is pretty late for an American retail store, in my opinion.