The packaging for Cali carts is very similar to other bootleg product like exotic carts, they use logos or names that are trademarked, usually from cartoons or candy brands. Fake brands like to use established candy and cartoon characters because they target children or that brand has a large fan base, so they use them without permission. For example, Nintendo would never license Mario Kart to a marijuana company. Real brands use their own intellectual property, because stealing other people would get them shut down, and because they market to adults. If your cartridge brand or strain shares a name or logo with, a cartoon show, a video game, or a brand of candy or cereal, it is fake.
Chinese cartridge and label makers invent cool-sounding brands and print up slick-looking packages to sell by the thousands to the US. Black market fillers can then fill these carts for a few cents apiece. Since the packaging can be bought by anyone and the brand isn’t licensed, it is impossible to know if the cartridge is filled with pesticides. Customers have written reviews about the cartridge oil turning black after a few hits, the oil moving way too quickly compared to authentic cartridges, the oil doesn’t bubble, and the taste is way too tart to be authentic.
Thanks to instagram user @thedojaapp, we know Cali Carts are not clean because of lab test results posted on their Instagram account revealing 11 pesticides detected. We have taken a screenshot below, anyone with a QR code reader can scan and verify these results are legitimate. Although we had access to these prefilled cartridges, we did not try them out for this Cali Carts review because of the fact pesticides have been found in them. It's unfortunate to see people vaping this poison on youtube for views and not being aware they are vaping pesticides. We plan on reaching out to these people who created Cali Carts review videos and uploaded them onto youtube, its not worth reviewing these black market carts because they are not clean.
Fake brands are everywhere but they are easily distinguished from real brands, the labels can be found for pennies each online. Another huge tell is the price of a cartridge, cartridges should range from $25-$40 from dispensaries. Cali carts sell their cartridges for $15-$30 a full gram which seems like a huge loss for the seller unless they’re using pesticides and cutting the oil with other chemicals. In legal state, each marijuana product is required to display every one of the following on the package: A state-specific symbol that warns the consumer of THC, the registration number of the producer, a 3rd party potency test displaying the THC and CBD as percentages and mg amounts with a license number for the testing facility , a unique ID number for the batch and the date that it was tested at a lab.
The license numbers can be verified with the state it was bought from, while most labs allow consumers to look up test results from them with the batch ID. The potency is listed as a percentage of THC and CBD and mg amounts, never trust labels that say "100% dank" or something similar.
Most legit brands do not maintain a website due to marijuana businesses being a violation of the terms of service for most hosters, and many fake brands such as Cali carts maintain a presence on Instagram and other social media to make themselves seem legit. The Cali cart Instagram page was taken down and came up with a new username but same brand name with no posts. If you want to find out if a brand is legit it’s best to check the website Leafly which is the most reliable source. Leafly maintains a large updated menu of offerings in rec dispensaries, allowing you to quickly check the brand and make sure it’s sold legitimately, at least somewhere.
The Cali Carts flavors available are the following: