There can be something almost ritualistic, dare I say sacred to the act of grinding the fragrant nugget of Girl Scout Cookies, wrapping it up in your favourite wrap and as Ben Harper so eloquently sang, “Burn one down.” Maybe we just haven’t found a vape pen that captures the same kind of magic that comes from a toke of your favourite flower.
Some will argue that smoking the herb is the best way to fully enjoy the terpenes and flavonoids from the resin inside the plant. Others will tell you that vape pens are moving forward, creating an organic blend between science and nature. Maybe they are both right. Maybe finding perfection lays at the intersection of high tech and old school.
Vape pens are becoming the popular way to enjoy concentrates and as we move into the future, the science behind them allows for smart, simple and compact ways to enjoy some OG Kush or whatever flavor tickles your fancy. That is the crucial part…the flavor…the vibe if you will. The wizards in the lab are creating techniques that utilize natural carriers and avoid impurities that can capture that same magic twisting up a joint or lighting bong can bring. As technology and industry moves faster, people are finding the best way for them to experience the speed of slow with a vape pen.
I wonder if even Gene Roddenberry would have pictured how seamlessly some of today’s vaporizers would have blended into the background of an episode of Star Trek. I bring up the 23rd century adventures of Kirk and the gang because we are currently living in the future. You don’t believe me? If you are reading this on your phone/tricorder/pocket genie, you can just say “Hey Siri! Where can I find the nearest dispensary?” and a Wikileaf map will appear on its HD screen, directing you to a plethora of strains in a variety of forms.
With advances in technology, vaporizers are now compact, portable, simple and indispensable. From 2014 to 2017, sales of dry bud dropped from 70% to 50% of market. On the other hand, concentrates like the ones you would find in a vape pen have seen incredible growth, moving ahead of wax and shatter with vape pen sales in Colorado hitting $18.1 million in March 2018*.
Where is the future taking us and our weed? If the growth of concentrates continues this trend, it looks like the future is vapour. Technology continues to improve and innovate with new products coming out almost on the daily. Much like the proliferation of internet tech from slow dial-up to lightning fast broadband, smoking technologies developing at breakneck speeds. Who knows exactly where this wild ride will go but we will celebrate it all together.
*according to BDS Analytics bdsanalytics.com.