The hemp market is booming, and the two cannabinoids that are undoubtedly responsible for it are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-8 THC. However, whenever a market boom happens, a number of people jump onto the bandwagon hoping to make a few quick bucks.
That does nothing for the industry, let alone the consumers.
When the cannabis market is not as regulated as it should be, you need to be extra careful as a consumer.
In this article, we will review BudPop, a new brand that shows much promise as the next #1 cannabis brand in the market. We will also discuss a bit about some of them, and why they are so awesome.
BudPop Delta-8: Overview of the Brand
“Pop plants, not pills.” That is the mantra of BudPop.
This company is just a few months old but has already hogged the headlines in LA Weekly, Men’s Journal and Observer. Now, that is quite something to boast about.
The team members like to think of themselves as that “fun aunt or uncle” with whom you can share your dirty secrets and who will not snitch to your parents.
Make no mistake about their age, though. They are just a bunch of 20-something-year-olds looking for natural hemp alternatives to delta-9 THC.
BudPop is among the few cannabis brands in the market that only makes and sells delta-8 THC products. They focus on providing consumers with only vegan, organic, non-GMO, and lab-tested delta-8 products.
Although you can view the lab reports for their gummies and hemp flowers, the brand is yet to put up the vape cart lab reports on their website.
But, the website also has a fantastic feature. It can tell you the perfect product for you if you tell them what you expect from delta-8 products.
The site also mentions a few benefits of using delta-8, such as pain relief, appetite stimulation, and stress relief. But, that is immediately followed by the mandatory FDA health disclaimer, which notifies customers the FDA has not verified these statements and they must consult a physician before taking any delta-8 product.
BudPop’s hemp is non-GMO and grown naturally without pesticides in Nevada.
Extraction & Manufacturing
One downside of the BudPop website is that it does not elaborate on its extraction and manufacturing practices.
Variety of Products
The brand has not yet brought out a wide range of products. For now, they are focused on delta-8 gummies, vape cartridges, and flowers.
All of BudPop’s product ingredients are vegan. The hemp extract used in all products is broad-spectrum.
Third-Party Lab Testing
All products are tested by Canalysis Laboratories, an independent lab based in Henderson, Nevada. You can see the lab test results on the website. The test covers only the cannabinoid profile for gummies. However, the test for the flowers is more comprehensive. It covers heavy metals, pesticides, microbes, and mycotoxins, too. The reports for the carts are missing.
BudPop is new in the market. However, their endorsements from leading newspapers and customer reviews speak volumes about their reputation.
The brand complies with all federal laws and ensures safe, pure, lab-tested products made from vegan, non-GMO, and organic ingredients, including hemp extracts containing less than 0.3% delta-9 THC.
Marketing Practices and Company Policies
Currently, BudPop ships their products only within the U.S. All orders are processed within two business days. Shipping is free on orders above $50. Below that, shipping charges will be calculated at checkout. You can enjoy a 20% discount on your first order. However, the brand often offers free shipping on all orders during weekends, irrespective of the order price.
You can return unused items in their original condition for up to 30 days after delivery. The company will refund the full order amount minus the shipping costs. However, perishables such as flowers are non-returnable.
If your order gets damaged in transit, write to email@example.com, mentioning your order number and attaching a picture of the item’s condition. The company will definitely replace it.
The company offers special discounts to disabled people, military veterans, and serving military men and women. If you belong to any of these categories, you have to write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your discount.
Why Are BudPop Products So Awesome?
Delta-8 products are new to the industry. But, that does not mean any fewer brands are vying for space in this ever-growing marketplace. That is why you must be extra vigilant while purchasing from a new brand.
We have tested BudPop’s products and can vouch for their quality, safety, and efficacy.
In this section, we have elaborated on the three types of products BudPop sells through their website.
#1. Delta-8 THC Gummies
BudPop currently offers Delta-8 gummies in two flavors. The gummies contain natural terpenes and less than 0.3% delta-9 THC. However, artificial food coloring is used.
The brand suggests a dosage of one to two gummies every six hours. They also recommend you wait at least 45 minutes after taking one gummy. Only take more if you do not feel the desired results by then.
These gummies generally take about 45 to 120 minutes to kick in, and the effects last for six to eight hours. To experience stronger results, you may want to have these gummies on an empty stomach. But, the brand does discourage consumers from doing so, as too much of anything could have an adverse impact.
These vegan-friendly gummies have a shelf life of 12 months, and the company suggests you refrigerate them after opening the packaging. You can buy the gummies in a single pack or packs of three and five.
Sugar, corn syrup, pectin, sunflower oil, water, flavoring, sodium citrate, sodium acid sulfate, citric acid, natural and artificial food coloring, natural terpenes, and 25mg delta-8 THC per gummy
- Blue Dream Berry (Blue Dream strain with natural blueberry flavor)
- Strawberry Gelato (Gelato strains blended with natural strawberry)
Each bottle contains 25 gummies of 25mg each (625 mg hemp extract per bottle).
The BudPop website is relatively new and has few customer reviews for now. But, they are pretty encouraging. One customer has mentioned she needed something stronger than CBD but not too intense, and delta-8 does the job perfectly. BudPop’s gummies and carts are her new go-to delta-8 products. She said these gummies help her unwind and sleep better.
Another customer has mentioned the gummies help him relax. Yet another has found relief from back pain and depression. Two customers have remembered to mention the quick shipping and efficient customer service as well.
While most felt the gummies were pretty strong and tasty, they also said they wished there were more flavors.
BudPop is a new company, and their products will take time to become popular in the market. But, the signs are already there. The products are of high quality, and the effects are pretty remarkable. The customer policies and quality of service were quite good too. That is all we needed.
#2. Delta-8 THC Hemp Flower
BudPop infuses indica hemp flowers with delta-8 THC extract, which gives users a potent high. These premium delta-8 flowers are locally grown on organic, non-GMO farms of Colorado. They are specifically bred for their maximum delta-8 content. On top of that, these flowers are infused with “top-of-the-line” delta-8 THC distillate to increase the cannabinoid potency and taste.
The flowers currently come in two terpene-rich flavors. Northern Lights has a sweet aroma along with a citrusy kick and an earthy flavor, while the Cookies variant has a nutty, earthy aroma with hints of Sweet Diesel. As predominantly Indica strains, both of these variants are excellent for relaxation and sleep.
They also come in numerous size variants, making it easier for users to buy as per their requirements.
- Flavors are Northern Lights and Cookies
- Strains are Indica
The packs come in numerous sizes — 4.2g, 7g, 28g, 114g, 227g, and 454g.
So far, BudPop’s flowers have received little feedback. Nevertheless, they were all exceptional. One of them mentioned the flower helps him relax all day and deal better with anxiety. Another gave good remarks for the flowers’ high-quality, pure flavors, and mild buzz.
Some customers were happy with the wide variety of packaging sizes these flowers came in. However, they wished the brand had more strains to offer. Still, the Northern Lights and Cookies strains were big hits.
BudPop has started with a few products, but they are quite effective — enough to help the brand gain a toehold in the bustling hemp market. If you are into smoking flowers, you can give this newbie a try. We tried the flower and found it to be on par with most leading brands. So, you can smoke them safely.
#3. Delta-8 Vape Cartridges
BudPop currently offers only two flavors in Delta-8 carts — Strawberry Gelato and Grape Runtz. The Grape Runtz’s sweet, fruity flavor is perfect for daytime vaping, while the Strawberry Gelato is ideal for winding down.
The cartridges are made of quality stainless steel and food-grade silicone. It has a custom-made ceramic heater developed for hemp. The carts are compatible with most 510-threaded batteries.
The company suggests a dosage of one three-second draw. You will get 300 draws from each cart if you follow this dosage. You can buy a single cart or packs of three or five carts.
Delta-8 THC, natural terpenes, and natural flavors (no cutting agents)
- Grape Runtz (combo of Zkittlez and Gelato coated with sugar-encrusted grape terpenes)
- Strawberry Gelato (Gelato mixed with a hint of natural strawberry)
Each 1ml cart contains 800mg of delta-8 THC oil
There are not many reviews for BudPop’s vape carts. However, one customer, who had used the brand’s gummies and carts, remarked they both help her unwind and get better sleep.
Another customer expressed satisfaction that the brand does not use additives in their vapes, and they are quite strong. For one of the patrons, the strawberry flavor was the best, while another preferred the grape-flavored vape.
Customers are generally satisfied with the fast shipping policy. One of them also proclaimed his decision to go ahead with the brand’s monthly subscription.
BudPop’s vape carts can match those from top brands in terms of quality. They are effective and safe with no harmful additives. You should definitely try them at least once. You may just fall in love with them.
Pros & Cons
- Hemp is U.S.-grown
- Non-GMO, organic plants
- Vegan products
- Tested by third-party labs
- Discounts for disabled people, military veterans, or serving military men and women
- 20% discount on first purchase
- Shipping is free on orders above $50
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Artificial colors used in gummies
- Lack of variety
- Quite a bit of information is lacking on the brand website, such as extraction methods, manufacturing practices, and some of the lab tests results
- Only unused products can be returned
Delta-8 Buying Guide for Beginners
Choose the Right Product Type
Do not jump for a product just because your friend uses it and looks cool doing so. Also, do not fall for a product that looks hot on a model on a random website. Judge a product’s suitability simply by your own standards. That would include your needs, your ideal mode of intake, your budget, as well as your body type, age, and health condition.
Start with why you need (or want) to have delta-8 THC.
Better sleep? Relaxation? Anxiety issues? Pain? Brain fog? Recreation? There are plenty of product types on the market. Not all products may be suitable for all kinds of needs though. So, figure out your needs and, then, choose the best fit.
Consider your choice of intake option as well. Not everybody is okay with smoking or vaping. You may choose to chew on a gummy bear instead. If you buy a vape cart just because you saw your BFF showing one off at a party, you may not know what to do with it later on. It may not even suit your lungs if, say, you have asthma. A tincture may suit someone perfectly but not everybody, as it may have that typically “hempy” taste.
Price is an important factor, but you should make sure that your expectations are not unrealistic. Delta-8 products are expensive. It is usually converted from CBD, which has to be first extracted from hemp. So, a whole lot of work goes into the process. So, if a product is outrageously cheap, something must be fishy.
Also, you should consult a doctor before going ahead with any cannabis product. It may not be a good choice if you have a health condition, are pregnant, or are nursing. Also, you cannot legally consume delta-8 unless you are 21 and living in states where this type of THC sale is allowed.
Choose a Suitable Strength & Extract
If you are new to the world of delta-8 THC, do not jump the gun. Be practical and start with low doses and potencies. If a product is available in multiple potencies, choose the lowest. Watch for the effects, and then take the next dose. Always read the instructions on the product page or label.
Check for Product Effectiveness
Read customer reviews thoroughly and on as many forums as possible to know the degree of effectiveness of a product. Do not trash a product just because one person found it ineffective. Or, do not take too much of it just because one user found it not potent enough. Take your time and judge for yourself.
Check the Appearance of the Product
How would you know whether your delta-8 cart is of good quality? Look at the color of the e-liquid. It should be either clear yellow or light pinkish. Also, make sure the liquid is clear and transparent. That would indicate good distillation. If the oil is dark, opaque, brownish, or greenish, it has not been distilled properly and contains contaminants. If you see oils of such color, return the cart immediately.
Research the Brand
Google your chosen brand and find out all you can about it. A good way to judge a genuine company is by checking whether a mailing address has been provided on the site. Also, check how many reputable journals and magazines have featured the brand. Buy cannabinoid products from well-known brands only.
Check customer feedback and third-party lab test results as well. Also, look for products that are organic, non-GMO, all-natural, and made with hemp grown in the U.S. or the E.U.
Know the Law
Federal laws accept delta-8 THC sourced from natural hemp and containing less than 0.3% delta-9 THC. However, delta-8 occurs in very small amounts in nature, and its extraction cannot be commercially viable. Therefore, companies convert CBD into delta-8 in labs. However, this practice makes it illegal in some U.S. states.
So, before you place an order, find out the legal status of delta-8 in your state. The status may change, too. So, just because it is legal today, do not order after a month without checking, as the status may have changed.
Q: Are all BudPop products vegan?
A: Yes, all BudPop products are vegan.
Q: How quickly can I expect to feel the results of BudPop’s delta-8 products?
A: The results and effects are different for everybody and depend on the physiological conditions of the user. Do not expect overnight results. It will take a few days to see positive results, which will be subtle at first. As you keep using the product, the effects will get stronger.
Q: Can I get high from using BudPop’s delta-8 products?
A: At most, you can expect a gentle buzz. BudPop’s delta-8 vape liquid contains broad-spectrum extracts, i.e., the Delta-9 content is completely removed from the product. Delta-9 THC is the cannabinoid that gives you the “marijuana high”. You cannot get that from delta-8.
Q: Does BudPop have any special offers for customers?
A: Yes. You can subscribe to get special deals, offers, and free giveaways. You get a 20% discount on your first purchase, too. Disabled people, veterans, and military personnel enjoy special discounts, too.
BudPop Review: Our Final Thoughts
BudPop has just started taking baby steps in the hemp market. The product range is not yet very impressive. But, most good brands start with a limited range of products to assess the market. Their products are of high quality, customer service is satisfactory, and the lab reports are pretty transparent, except those that are not on the site yet.
We hope to see more quality products from BudPop as its webstore gains more traction. After all, the brand promises it is “here for a good time and a long time.”
We want to see it fulfill that promise with more quality products like those it already hosts.