The biggest thing you’ll find out about Gold Coast Clear (often abbreviated GCC) vape cartridges online is that there’s a ton of people asking about them, and nobody has an answer. This brand lacks its own website or any substantial social media presence, so we might conclude that it’s a completely unregulated brand that’s just packaging. Let’s explore the legend of the Gold Coast Ghost…

UPDATE 8/27/21: A Reddit user reports the following:


Synthetic cannabinoids are a problem we hear going around a lot more often on the fake cart beat. These are chemical compounds which have nothing to do with actual cannabis, and are dangerous in other ways. Some of them are engineered to be physically addicting! Also:

The New York State resource page on synthetic marijuana substitutes further elaborates:

“Users of the synthetic mixtures can never be certain in which ways the drugs will harm them, but users have experienced symptoms that include renal failure, arrested heart rate, high blood pressure, loss of consciousness, violent behavior, nausea, vomiting, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, paranoia, agitation, anxiety, and even death. These effects can be similar to those of phencyclidine, or PCP.”

The update on Reddit says the victim is still delusional and the mental hospital is recommending a long-term plan for them. This is messed up in all kinds of ways! That could sound like permanent brain damage, just for being unlucky vaping the wrong cartridge.

We can’t pin down where Gold Coast Clear originates

So far, we have scattered clues as to Gold Coast Clear carts’ point of origin. On the packaging we see a bear lifted from the California state flag:


It also claims “distilled in California.” California is also nicknamed the “Golden State,” so this obviously suggests an original point along the coast of California. However, given that 99% of boof carts tie themselves to Cali, that’s no more conclusive than “Hawaiian Punch.”


There’s a “CA” triangle logo, but we see that on black market brands that exist solely in the imagination of Chinese packaging printers. Despite the supposed California origin point, this brand pops up all across the map:

This Reddit post reports Gold Coast Clear cartridges picked up in “NJ,” New Jersey.

This Reddit post reports them in both NY and FL, New York and Florida.

This Grass City Forums post references Canada in discussing a Gold Coast Clear cart.

Then we have the interesting case of a rare YouTube “review,” in which the Gold Coast Clear cart packages are laid out on a napkin for the fast food franchise “Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.” Not much to go on, as the franchise is spread across the US from Cali to the Midwest, but favors the southern US, having originated in Louisiana.


So “somewhere in North America” is the range. We can say this much though:


…anything with the name “Runtz” on it screams black market.

Gold Coast Clear is not to be confused with similar named brands

The brand “West Coast Cure” has a similar enough name that the two often pop up in the same places. West Coast Cure is on our list of top ten most frequently counterfeited vape brands.

There is also The Clear Concentrates. This brand has an up-front site with a directory of dispensary locations.

There is also Golden Coast Extracts, a Canadian brand.

And finally Gold Coast Terpenes.

None of the above have any connection to Gold Coast Clear vape cartridges. There’s so many cannabis extract brands out there now that you need a library and a research team to keep track of them all.

Gold Coast Clear carts are regularly inquired on Reddit


Reddit sightings include:

So we have an extremely active brand currently circulating across the US, and yet no company presence at all. For the record, we find no reference to a “Gold Coast Clear” cartridge produced by any company licensed by the California BCC, nor the California CDPH.

We find the typical mute Instagram account, and the also-typical conflicting Instagram account set to private.

The packaging is consistent, so this might just be a new black market line appearing this past year. It is always a thin box with just enough room for a cart, in flashy, shiny hologram coloring all over.






Unlicensed, unregulated brands like Gold Coast Clear may contain anything

There is a deadly epidemic of lung illness tied to black market cart usage. Vaping-associated pulmonary injury has so far claimed 64 lives and hospitalized more than 2700 users – a number only recently overtaken by Corona Virus COVID-19 cases. Unregulated vape carts could contain heavy metals like lead, pesticides, cut such as Honey Cut, or simply bunk. Or they could be fire if you’re lucky. But a lot of people in the hospital right now weren’t lucky.

If anybody has more information on where these are circulating, please feel free to help us protect public safety by sharing it with the community here in the comments or in our forum.



  1. I live in Texas, my dude had the green crack (sativa) carts with the black tip and i loved them. Never once did i get the “fake bake” high. Ive never seen them with the white tip like that but who knows

  2. Sounds to me like this is a post made by some fuckboy who works in a dispensary and is pissy the local guy selling them out his backpack is making more money than he is. I’ve personally gotten these carts for months now with ZERO issues, and the quality has been the same the whole time.

  3. some of yall should just wait till you find a friend that can buy from a dispensary, wait till you’re 18 so you can get a medical card, or just move if getting high is such a necessity. shits not worth buying at ALL.

  4. To add on to my other comment when I checked GCC’s Instagram story they had a video of a white tipped cartridge and said if yours looks like this you got played lol. All mine are black tip with GCC on the inner tube of the cart just like Tyrone Black said. I’m 100% comfortable/certain mine are real. Hope this helps

  5. I just picked up some GCC carts. I live in San Diego and what Tyrone Black had to say checked out with the ones I bought. My intuition is telling me they are legit. My friend said he got them from a friend of his that runs a dispensary. There is a GQ code on the package with a scratch off serial number. GQ code takes you to where you can search the number. Mine checked out. Seems like some of you are getting fake shit but San Diego has the real deal. I paid $20 a piece and bought 20 of them. Here is their Instagram

    • dude, youre in cali, dispos are everywhere, especially in a big city like san diego. unless you got that stuff from a dispo (which i highly doubt), that shit is fake as FUCK. you spent 400 dollars likely getting liquid spice when you coulda got TOP TOP shelf shit.

  6. Got some in Arkansas rn I will say I don’t know about it either I only took two hits and I feel it I believe it’s fake because of that I have smoke hella good ones never feel them this fast but it could be just more potent. My box didn’t look exactly like that and the cart is white top white bottom nothing where ccell wording is located and then the middle metal tube says gcc. It’s northern lights the white on bottom has white at very bottom like the paint dripped lmao the box words don’t have spacing much and it doesn’t say distilled in CA it does say that it contains no addiditves glycerin etc… And also says top tier 180 then another word with 10,000 no where on the box does it have a THC percentage or anything…

  7. Just finished 2 of these carts and I’m going through dope withdrawals. I’ve been smoking for 6 years and I’ve never dealt with this. I promise the high isn’t worth it

  8. I actually just picked up one of these carts in Knox County, Ohio yesterday. I’m new to carts and failed to research it first. I did read the box, didn’t spot any typo’s. But it did advertise vitamin E acetate free, free of heavy metals, and boasted a flavor profile. It was called Gold Coast Clear Winter Edition.

    It has not had any ill effects on me, so it seems this batch of carts mine came from is ok, but I will be avoiding them in the future.

  9. Ey yo my buddy gets these they’ve been out here for a while in Cincinnati Ohio. Bro I’m schmached rn this shit is fuckn great fake or not it’s fucking great

    • “yoooo this rat poison got me tweeting like mad, shit might fuck up my digestive system and might kill me but bro fuck it im zooted af.”
      I hope you’re still healthy.
      also you’re in ohio theres medical dispos there wtf are you doing.

  10. All you stupid motherfuckers that say “ohh this is legit. My guy never let me down. This shit shmacks” are the same illiterate motherfuckers that can’t proofread typos off a sheet of paper. Look at the Box.

  11. I’m from Nola and my dude got a ton of these carts and dispos and I got 3 dispos and I’m fucking schmacked… idk my guy always gets potentially fake carts… but they aren’t..

    • As we usually point out, just because a brand is fake does not mean that it is bad. Just that you don’t know what you’re getting. If you have a good plug who doesn’t cut corners, you’re better off than most. BUT even an honest plug can make a mistake.

    • Nola too. I get summer and exotic editions from my buddy, he hasn’t let me down. Always fire and taste the same each batch. GCC is my fav bm brand. If

    • You can still get High off fake carts just cause u get lit doesn’t mean it’s real especially when it’s from a fake brand with no actual company

    • I have heard the same…I am VERY CONCERNED….I know kids tend to experiment but the stuff I am reading shows PESTICIDES how awful…just had a friend pass from Fentanyl laced (he was 41) I am sickened

  12. Tyrone black is absolutely right I’m from San Diego and out of all the pictures I seen in this post they are all fake if you ain’t from sd you not getting the real gcc

  13. Just so y’all know if the cart isn’t a black mouth piece with a golden bottom NOT silver and reads Gold Coast Clear on the bottom and the side and on the inside of the golden middle piece. Also the bear is just a bear and not the California Republic sign. For everyone saying they’re fake just know you’re dumb asf and you haven’t even seen a legit GCC cart yet. I promise you this brand is legit and it’s all over San Diego. If you not getting it in SD then I can’t promise you getting the real shit🤷🏾‍♂️ But hands down best cart I’ve smoked since I used to smoke carts I’m a weed guy and only reason I had to say anything is because the amount of people saying this brand is fake is just crazy y’all just getting finessed and don’t have real connects.

    • Well whoever your connections are I’d love to get to know them. Because I believe the cart is real and after reading what you said I know my cart is 100% true. What’s your favorite brand? I’m looking to explore for some to brands

    • Well whoever your connections are I’d love to get to know them. Because I believe the cart is real and after reading what you said I know my cart is 100% true. What’s your favorite brand? I’m looking to explore for some to brands

    • I’m from SD as well and I’ve tried 2 of them so far (paid about 40 each) the ones I’ve tried hit hard and looked legit. Just be careful with the shit you put into your lungs. But in my opinion GCC (From SD) slaps.

    • Got my hands on one out here in long beach,ny
      Has all the markings you described. Best of all its got flavor and full to the tip.

    • Right it’s legit my buddy gets his out of the Los Angeles area but the black top you’re referring to is the exotic edition. the summer editions if you can get a batch of that have white tips and they say summer on the post instead of GCC don’t call people idiots or stupid. But yeah gcc’s are fire and if you can get the summer edition try the strawberry shortcake while you’re tripping on folks that’s fire

    • all of yall should either wait till you’re 18, find someone to buy from you, move, or just not smoke. i would imagine you wouldnt drink a bottle of moonshine to get drunk, same shit applies here.
      just wait till you can buy dispo shit and i guarantee that anything (stiiizy, raw garden, plugnplay) will blow these fake carts out of the water and into the fucking atmosphere. smoking a live resin stiiizy cart was infinitely better than whatever tf this shit is.

  14. I purchased 5/1g carts. Fake as a three dollar bill. Earlier posts are 110% on point as far as the tobacco residual… all 5 of the 1g carts were vape juice

  15. PLEASE DO NOT USE THESE. i had one for about 5 days everything was okay until yesterday, my oil started too leak out and was unable to hit after messing with it for a while it started working again, after then i started experiencing chest pains and today stopped hitting it, the cart was almost gone and my chest started killing me as well as feeling awfully strange. do not use these they are dangerous to your health and if i continued to use it i may have ended up in the hospital. i will not be buying one of these again, very weird wax in it aswell almost like it had a thickening agent mixed into it

  16. These are totally black market.. I had one and smoked it and lasted a week the oil never changed color, but it tasted like I was smoking a tobacco vape.. it never hit me and I smoke great vape pens.. would like a real plug on em

  17. Hello I did some digging for you, this is a blackmarket cart brand made by a guy named Luis Zarraga. He currently doesn’t even use cat3 distillate and sells boxes of them for 650 but he claims he’s switching to cat3 next run, which why brag about cat3 that’s not even brag worthy. Got the guy on snapchat and everything these carts are seriously dangerous if he’s using unfiltered concentrates email me if you want snapshots off his snapchat story he fills them himself.

  18. I have an almost full gcc cart in reno that my friend gave me. Willing to let it go if someone can test it. It tastes way too sweet to be real

  19. Hey, i’m aceman8022 from the link that says one month ago. That cart is the Cherry Pie strain. I live in kansas and they are around here, or rather they used to be. The guy who brings them to where I live, Kansas, supposedly got shot and can no longer bring them here from colorado. It’s a damn shame, because to this day, GCCs are the best carts I have ever smoked. if you would like more info please email me

  20. Please do REAL testing in an official lab not some black market lab. GCC sent my boy to hospital and my lugs where on fire after hitting one. The oil is very stretchy compared to real (most likely thickening agent). Also It has a very sweet taste unlike real cart. If you have ever hit an official cart you will know it taste just like a dab that’s were it gets its name dab pen I have added sweet terpenes to a cart before and it’s no where near as sweet. Also if you do a mold test like I did it grows mold unlike a license brand sooo I call BS on the 7% turpentine and lab testing. Dabconnection im from Florida and I’m a registered MMU and have been trying to test one of these suckers for a while but unfortunately I can’t seem to find any info on how to test, just a mold test for now. Would you guys be interested in making a YouTube video testing this cart? I would be willing to fund all of this because the lack on knowledge on this brand is absurd. It just blows my mind it takes 3-4 grams ($35 street values) to make a G of distillate and they add turps (more money) and it takes expensive distillery (more money) and so called “lab testing” but yet a Gold cost is selling for around $25. Why would someone go through all that work to just sell it cheeper? DRUG DEALERS WANT TO MAXIMIZE PROFIT…..THE MATH DOES NOT ADD UP that’s why a full G at 80%+ goes for $60+

    • Hi, Brandon I would be more than happy to Try and test one as I have connections to many people if you will fund it. I am tired of people getting hospitalized because of rip off carts. Also feel free to check out my YouTube as I will post the results on it @Therapeutic Trichomes. Email me @therapeutictrichomesyt If u are interested looking forward to hearing from you

  21. i can give you more information on the gold coast clear brand i have a close connection to this company and even though they are black market carts they are 100% additive free and use one 7% terpenes for flavoring


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