While at a weed-themed birthday party a few weeks back, I felt like a kid at a candy store perusing cannabis vendors sporting all kinds of 420-friendly wares.
I couldn't help but be drawn to one vendor's table that looked sleeker and sexier than the rest. Upon further investigation, I came to learn a lot about Evoxe Laboratories, a cannabis vaporizer distributor that aims to revolutionize the way we medicate.
Using a combination of cannabis and aromatherapy oils, scientifically tested formulas help users achieve a specific mood. With four vape pens currently on the market -- a sativa, indica, hybrid and low-THC, CBD oil blend -- there's one for every occasion.
At the party, I chatted up Michael Katz, the founder and president of Evoxe Labs, about his strategy to change the negative stereotypes surrounding medical marijuana users.
Not everyone who benefits from cannabis is in a position to shout it from the rooftops, making discrete forms of consumption a must. That's where vaporizers enter the picture. Smoke-free and often scentless, they're perfect for keeping your cannabis use on the DL.
Vaporizers also seem to be the way to go if you simply want to be efficient with your weed consumption. On the company's website, I found this little nugget of useful information:
A collaborative study conducted by California NORML and MAPS found that vaporizers could convert 46 percent of available THC into vapor, whereas the average marijuana joint converted less than 25 percent of THC. Likewise, patients ranked vaporizers as the most efficient method of marijuana intake – requiring a lower dose than smoking, edibles and tea – in a recent study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
Sounds like a win-win, right?
I brought the white, CBD pen with me to Texas -- which, by the way, is totally, 100 PERCENT LEGAL (I think) -- just to prove that I could. I put the pens in my makeup bag and got through security with no problem at all, likely because they look just like my dozens of eyeliners.
(This is a personal commentary detour, but culturally, the weird thing in my bag should be the ten different types of liquid black eyeliner, not a couple vape pens.)
Anyway, traveling with my CBD pen was a total breeze. While it didn't get me high, the pain-relieving benefits were a godsend after standing and dancing at concerts all day and night. And while I used the oil blend recreationally, many of Katz's customers say they can't get through a night of sleep without the CBD pen.
Personally, I love the taste and effect of the cinnamon-flavored sativa blend because it leaves me feeling awake and inspired. It's kind of like eating an after-dinner mint that also gets you high.
The only problem I have with the pens is that they are self-contained; once you use up the oils stored in the vape pen, the vessel itself is basically useless. With no way to crack open the pen to insert a refill, most discarded pens will likely end up in a landfill. And, depending on how often you smoke (each pen holds 150 to 200 puffs), that means a lot of pens will end up going straight to the dump. Katz says you can send the used pens back to Evoxe Labs for proper recycling, but I doubt many people will go to the trouble.
While the self-contained model makes for an ultra-sleek design, their environmental footprint is kind of a bummer. Until they're made out of a more sustainable material, I'd be wary of how many you buy. At $60 a pop, these pens are more like a James Bond accessory you pack in your family reunion survival kit rather than a device you casually pass around with your friends. The good news is it must be the future if there are smoking devices for every canna-occasion.