Feel foggy after cannabis use? Perhaps a little drowsy? Well, vaporizer companies like LucidMood and Dosist claim to have discovered the solution.
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When you think of the mood that cannabis puts you in, you might think relaxed, lethargic or sleepy. But what if I told you that certain cannabis vapes could elicit particular moods?
To those who still operate with a "black market" mindset when it comes to cannabis, you probably haven't been spoilt for choice. Historically, cannabis smokers have had to rely on dealers, who sell them cannabis in whatever form they have available.
Now, as cannabis legalization spreads like wildfire, we not only gain access to a wider variety of weed, but there's also more analysis being done on the effects it has on our bodies.
As a result, companies like Dosist and LucidMood have developed a unique concoction of cannabinoids and terpenes which are said to elicit specific moods. Examples such as "relax", "party", "arouse", and "sleep" are just a few of the moods that these vape pens can put you in, as opposed to simply feeling stoned.
I've Changed My Mind…But I'm Not Sure Why
While the cannabis plant contains hundreds of compounds within it, there are undoubtedly two molecules that have made the biggest names for themselves: THC and CBD.
As many will know, tetrahydrocannabinol—better known as THC—is the active compound in cannabis which gets users high. The greater the THC content of a plant, the higher you'll get.
Conversely, CBD, or cannabidiol, is typically sourced from hemp plants and provides a host of benefits that users can enjoy without having to get stoned. CBD has already shown great promise in alleviating conditions such as anxiety and insomnia, and the FDA has even approved a CBD-based drug for treating rare forms of epilepsy.
However, it doesn't stop there. As we continue to study the plant we're learning the benefits that the other compounds contained within it can bring, such as terpenes.
Terpenes are a scented oil that secretes from the glandular trichomes of the cannabis plant, imbuing different strains with unique scents and flavors. From OG Kush to AK-47, most cannabis consumers have a strain close to their hearts. Well, thank the terpenes.
Terpenes were officially put on the map when they appeared on the V.I.P list for Kim Kardashian's CBD-themed baby shower, which saw the reality TV superstar handing out terpene-infused tea to her guests.
Though terpenes aren't just famous for their smell. Terpene oils also bind with certain receptors and neurotransmitters in our body and brain, giving rise to specific effects. Some terpenes give you energy, while others boost your serotonin levels, making you feel happier.
Although altering THC levels will only affect how high you are, manipulating the CBD levels and terpenes alongside THC can curate an entirely different experience. This phenomenon has given rise to mood-specific vaporizers—such as the LucidMood and Dosist pen—which tinker with the ratios of the three compounds to elicit specific moods or feelings.
Forget The Candles, Turn On The Vape
The synergy between THC, CBD and terpenes is continually being explored by researchers, and has given rise to a host of vaporizer companies who use different ratios in their vape pens to generate specific moods.
Dave Georgies, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the terpene vaping company LucidMood likens this experience to changing the radio station in your car.
"You've got your radio station and your volume control. Now you can change your radio station. Terpenes carry a synergetic relationship with cannabinoids. It's all about finding the right blend," Georgies said.
LucidMood currently sells ten different vape pens which are each said to elicit a different mood. If you wish to feel tranquil, you could choose a "sleep" or "calm" pen. And if you're feeling a bit too tranquil already, you can have a pick-me-up with the company's "energy" and "party" pens
Other vaporizer companies are taking notes, and some are even going a step further. The California based, female-founded company Roam currently sells four pens, each under the name of a different place. There's Rio Soul, Bali Bliss, NYC Hustle and Paris Nights, each bottled up in a matte-finished ceramic design.
The company was "designed with women in mind, and the design is … something women can feel comfortable holding and bringing out of their bag or leaving on their bedside table,' the company's founder Hema Patel said.
Roam takes the unique tact of tackling the male-dominated nature of the cannabis industry, and targeting females who mightn't feel at home in a dispensary.
"Like a lot of "canna-curious" women, I didn't start exploring cannabis until later in life. Dispensaries were not somewhere I felt like I wanted to or could go. When I did finally decided to step foot into one, I was shocked at the "bro-dom" of it," Patel stated.
The cannabis industry is indeed shifting towards vaporizers as a smoke-free way to continue getting high. However as the years go on, the term "high" is becoming an understatement. The THC content of vaporizers has continued to climb, leading many to bite off more than they can chew.
To combat this, another mood-specific vape company known as Dosist has created a pen that automatically controls the dosage of THC administered.
The Dosist pen delivers 2.25 milligrams with each pull, and will even vibrate on their user's lips after 3 seconds of inhalation. The vibration signals you have completed a single dose.
Dosist pens are availble in either a 50 dose or 200 dose variety, and come in moods such as "bliss", "passion" or "arouse". If you view Dosist pens on their website, you can also see the terpenes, THC and CBD levels that come with each pen. For example, the "sleep range" has higher levels of the terpene 'limonene' than their other Dosist pens. Studies have associated limonene with increased sleeping time among mice.
This movement towards experience-specific vaporizers is a new one, as traditionally, those involved in the plant-touching side of the cannabis industry have simply strived for higher and higher THC levels. While this approach does certainly give users more bang for their buck, it may have also been a myopic way to view the desires of the cannabis consumer.
When speaking on the impetus behind Dosist pens, CEO Gunner Winston explained how integral the experience of customers is to the company's commercial strategy.
"Big brands sell a lot of products, but the greatest retailers don't think about the transaction first – they think about the customer experience…I think Apple and Tesla have re-defined that conversation," Winston said.
And he may indeed be onto something, as Dosist has been called the "Starbucks of weed", while also being listed as one of the top 25 best inventions by Time Magazine in 2016.
Cappuccino or Flat White?
As cannabis legalization spreads across the globe, new research and technologies are coming forth demonstrating unique pathways for us to engage with the plant. Whether it be deciding between concentrates and edibles, or whether you'll smoke at home or in a cannabis lounge, the cannabis industry has never been so spoilt for choice.
Though uniquely, neither LucidMood or Dosist are targeting "stoners." Their pens are designed for those who are newer to cannabis, or to those who have tried it and become too anxious.
Companies like Dosist have stated "We don't have a problem with people who like to get stoned but that's not what we do. We're here to help you naturally manage different situations."
This could prove a wise move for these companies, as it has the potential to draw in a much wider audience than those who regularly smoke. We've mentioned numerous times here at The Green Fund that smoking is quickly becoming an outdated way to consume cannabis. More and more people are looking for alternatives, and thanks to mood-specific vapes, even people who've had negative experiences with cannabis have an excuse to try it.
Products such as these are just a fraction of what's to come, as marijuana continues to move into the limelight and companies begin to realize what consumers truly want.
We're very excited to see the future of cannabis technology, and we will continue to explore it during Edibles, Extracts and Concentrates month.