This year feels like a pretty momentous one for cannabis. As more and more states follow Colorado’s lead by legalizing both recreational and medicinal cannabis, the stigmatization against the herb is fading. People are seeing the benefits to legalization, for themselves, but also to our communities.
We have come a very long way from the ancient Egyptians who would lug around stones, oils and herbs. They would heat the stones, place the oil and herb on the hot surface and inhale the vapours. From these brave pioneers to the tincture salesmen of the late 1800s to now, with elaborate dab rigs and high-tech vape pens, the ways we enjoy cannabis have grown and refined much like the plant itself.
With the advent to the first modern E-Cig in the mid 2000’s to the high tech pocket vapes we have now, the notion of carrying a pack sack of rocks and a satchel of “spices” sounds laughable but kind of bad ass at the same time. Even rolling a joint seems too time consuming as many people are putting down their papers and tweets in favour of vape pens.
According to BDS Analytics, North American cannabis sales hit 6.7 billion dollars in 2016. That growth is expected to rise by 25% each year until reaching an estimated $20.2 billion by 2021. Cannabis lovers who may have stuck to the shadows with hidden stashes and air fresheners to cover their tracks are now being embraced by warm, friendly bud tenders and enjoying cannabis in record numbers.
In particular, this 4/20 felt especially pivotal as enthusiasts are witness to this realtime paradigm shift. It is happening right before our eyes! A galaxy of different strains have been opened up to the public along with a dazzling amount of ways to enjoy them. It can be a little bit overwhelming even for the experienced enthusiast. The key is to find something that works for you. The means by which you enjoy cannabis says a lot about your lifestyle and what matters to you. Dabbing with shatter can take you to the moon but much like the ancients and their rocks, a dab rig can be hard to carry around. With vape pens, you can get the vibe you are looking for without the set up. Put it in your pocket and take it out when the time is right. High tech solutions with the simplicity you need.