Tag: vaporizers

10 Excellent Portable Dry-Herb Vaporizers

As cutting-edge technology enters the cannabis space, portable vaporizers are often at the forefront of cannabis innovation. From vaporizers featuring water filtration to app-synced offerings, we’ve listed some of the most specialized vapes designed for use with cannabis flower.


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Set your preferred temperature and enjoy hours of perfect pulls with the awesome handheld vape picks below.

(Courtesy of Firefly)

Touted as “the iPhone of Vaporizers,” the Firefly 2 has its finger on the pulse of vape technology with its own iOS and Android apps. With six temperatures, a removable mouthpiece, a magnetic lid, and fresh air intakes, this sleek piece is the perfect mix of technology and cannabis. Read our full review here.

Price: $329.95

Pax has made a name for itself as one of the leading vaporizer companies on the market, and their Pax 3 is no exception. Load up this Bluetooth- and app-enabled vape with loose flower or extract, and you can expect over 90 minutes of battery power wrapped up with four heat settings and a 10-year warranty. Get an in-depth look at the Pax 3 with our own review here.

Price: $274.99


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Utillian 721 by Utillian

(Courtesy of Utilillian)

Boasting eight heat settings, the Utillian 721 offers a wide range of temperature options to help its users find the perfect customized high. Available in Canada, this durable vape comes with a one-year warranty, and an extra mouthpiece in a portable and convenient size. Load it with your favorite flower for a quick session with plentiful vapor.

Price: $219 (CAD) 

(Courtesy of V4/Twenty)

The lightweight, ergonomic V4/Plush by V4/Twenty can hold up to 0.65 grams of fresh herb, and with the use of Dynamic Conduction Technology and an all-glass air path, you’ll experience even heating for a fresh and potent pull at any of its five temperature levels.

Price: $149.95


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FEZ Blanc by FEZ

You’ll get over 2,000 puffs per charge with the FEZ Blanc by FEZ, which ensures lasting relief without the constant need for a battery hookup. Heated and ready for use in just 60 seconds, this vape comes with a silicon mouthpiece, micro USB charger, charging adapter, chamber sleeve, leaf storage jar, cleaning kit, and user manual with details on the one-year warranty. Access more information and check out our review of the dry herb vaporizer here.

Price: $129

(Courtesy of Magic Flight)

The Walnut Launch Box Kit by Magic Flight boasts a full lifetime warranty to accompany its classic design and quality materials. Each kit includes two rechargeable NiMH batteries with protective caps, a battery charger, a felt-lined decorative tin, a glass draw stem, a cleaning brush, and a Flight Guide to go with this stunning piece.

Price: $119


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Air II by Arizer

Backed by a two-year warranty, the Air II by Arizer is compact and delivers a personalized vape experience without the need to download an app to keep up. With a glass air path and controlled temperature options, you won’t have to sacrifice flavor to reach your desired elevation. Learn more about the Arizer with our in-depth review here.

Price: $239.99

(Courtesy of Davinci)

Like a sleek vape in a future sci-fi universe, the Davinci IQ is unique, polished, and innovative. It’s set with a ceramic zirconia air path and includes four different temperature options to ensure you get the best flavor out of your flower. Try out its three guided modes—Smart Path, Precision, and Boost—for a tailor-made vape experience backed by a ten-year warranty.

Price: $274.99


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Hydrology9 Vaporizer by Cloudious9

(Courtesy of Cloudious 9)

Consumers love the Hydrology9 for its water filtration system, which aims to deliver a cleaner and smoother pull. The Hydrology9 is a mix between water pipe and vaporizer, with the added perk of using less flower to achieve the same effects. With leak protection and space-grade borosilicate glass, this piece is leading the way in pairing vape technology with water filtration.

Price: $249.99

Small enough to fit in your pocket or tuck into your purse, the AirVape Xs by AirVape packs a ton of technology into a tiny package. By combining both conduction and convection heating with individual temperature controls, your herb’s flavor will shine through without the burnt popcorn aftertaste. It can also be used while it’s charging so you’ll never have to wait for your next session.

Price: $179

Leafly Picks: 10 Unique Artist and Vaporizer Collaborations

Cannabis has a reputation for invigorating creativity, so it just makes sense for artists to be involved in the design of products used most often for cannabis consumption. Vaporizer companies have reached out to graffiti artists, musicians, fine artists, and just about everyone in between for one-of-a-kind vape collaborations that are as eye-catching as they are functional.


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From A$AP Rocky inspirations to exclusive one-time creations, check out the unique vaporizer collaborations below. Love another collaboration not listed here? Share it in the comments!

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Fine artist and streetwear designer Natalie Wood has a notable style that has blossomed from a homegrown one-woman business into a brand that stands on its own. Though born in LA, Wood spent most of her time as a young artist in Miami, Florida’s Wynwood arts district, where her street art was further inspired (her work can still be seen in the district today). Now, her iconic designs can be found in a collaboration with G Pen through her vaporizer collab named ‘Badwood,’ which captures her signature art style.

The Badwood Kit Includes:

  • Badwood MicroG Vaporizer
  • MicroG Ground Material Tank
  • MicroG Quartz Tank
  • MicroG Liquid Tank
  • MicroG USB Charger
  • 5 MicroG Mouthpiece Sleeves
  • G Keychain and MicroG Tool
  • Badwood Tray
  • Badwood Bottle Opener G Card
  • Ski Mask Clutch
  • Badwood Mini Marker
  • Ski Mask Compact Mirror
  • Temporary Lip Tattoo Set
  • Sticker Sheet
  • Adhesive Bandage Set

Price: $99.95

Pax x The Weeknd

(Courtesy of Pax)

In 2015, Pax teamed up with R&B artist The Weeknd to create an innovative vaporizer that not only features the artist’s signature XO logo, but also his music. Yes, you read that right—the vaporizer plays The Weeknd’s ‘The Hills’ when turned on. This unique vape was sold, along with the rest of The Weeknd’s merchandise, during his 2015 tour, as well as in stores and on the Pax website, though the vaporizer is no longer available for purchase.

Price: $325


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(Courtesy of Magic Flight)

Magic Flight vaporizers are simple yet beloved in the vape world for their all-natural design and earthy feel. The company prides itself on its inclusion of artisans, stating, “Our team is made up of artists of various styles and mediums, with talents ranging from woodworking to writing, painting, sewing, programming, music, body work, and more.”

Magic Flight also takes it a step further by commissioning various artists to submit designs that the company laser-etches into glass on its vaporizers. Among the fourteen stunning pieces in this collection are ‘Celtic Tree of Life,’ ‘Rocktopus,’ ‘Nautilus’ and ‘Flower of Life.’

The Laser Etch Line Kit Includes:

  • One Maple, Cherry, or Walnut Nautilus Laser-Etched Launch Box
  • 2 Rechargeable NiMH Batteries With Protective Caps
  • Battery Charger
  • Felt-lined Decorative Tin
  • Glass Draw Stem
  • Cleaning Brush
  • Flight Guide
  • Lifetime Functional Warranty

Price: $119

(Courtesy of G Pen)

The Burton G Pen Elite vaporizer features the gritty artwork of New York-based street installation artist Phil Frost, who got his start scouting out locations to affix his art by the cover of night. His design is featured on everything from the vape to the charger, the bag, and even the grinder cards.

The Burton Kit Includes:

  • 1 Phil Frost x Burton G Pen Elite Vaporizer (For Ground Materials)
  • 1 Collectible Phil Frost Mini Luggage
  • 1 G Pen Elite Charging Dock
  • 1 G Grinder Card
  • 1 Cleaning Tool
  • 1 G Tool

Price: $169.95


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(Courtesy of AbsoluteXtracts)

San Francisco artist Jeremy Fish has teamed up with AbsoluteXtracts to create a truly original oil pen. The pen is covered in gleaming gold fish scales and topped with a gold cartridge, which features the uplifting sativa strain Tangie.

The Jeremy Fish Kit Includes:

  • Jeremy Fish Handheld Portable Vaporizer With Custom Gold Fish Scale Battery
  • Premium Gold-tipped ABX Cartridge With Potent Cannabis Oil (Tangie)
  • Custom Jeremy Fish Collector’s Edition Packaging
  • Custom Velvet Vape Carrying Case

Price: $100

(Courtest of 7th Floor Vapes)

The Skullopus Super Surfer vaporizer is not for the faint of heart. This collab between 7th Floor Vapes, tattoo artist Jesse Robbins, and graphic artist Elyssa Robbins features a bold, bright graphic that grabs attention no matter where you put it. The vape can be used with a whip or a vapor bag, and in addition to its colorful exterior, it features a lighted multi-color base for a little extra ambiance.

The Skullopus Super Surfer Kit Includes:

  • Super Surfer Vaporizer With Spherical Glass Heater Cover and 2 Hand-Blown Glass Disc Knobs
  • Glass Aroma Top With Wax Melt Sample
  • Replacement Screens
  • Complete Vapor Bag Assembly With Sick Clips
  • 5 Glass Pieces and 2 Clips
  • Roll of Food Grade Plastic Vapor Bags
  • Complete Whip Assembly
  • 2 Glass Pieces and 3 Feet of Food-Grade Vinyl Tubing
  • Stainless Steel Pick
  • Hands-Free Attachment
  • Ceramic FlavorDiscs

Price: $540


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New Orleans-based rapper Curren$y teamed up with Kind Pen in 2015 to produce a vaporizer known as Mint Condition, based on Curren$y’s ’64 Impala. The herbal vape was designed with the rapper’s style in mind and featured a lime green exterior. Sadly, this special-edition vape was only released for a limited time and as of today is no longer available.

Price: $159.99

(Courtesy of Kandy Pen)

Rapper and producer A$AP Rocky (also known as Pretty Flacko Jodye) has teamed up with KandyPens to design a vaporizer with walnut grain veneer and bold gold trim—fitting the rapper’s unique taste. The vaporizer, also named Flacko Jodye, is an extremely limited edition with only 100 released, so don’t procrastinate if you’d like to get your hands on one.

The Flacko Jodye Kit Includes:

  • Walnut Wood Grain Veneer Finish/Gold Trim
  • Retro-Stylish Collectors Gift Box
  • Chocolate Brown Leather Case With Gold Trim
  • Temperature Controlled Battery (300°, 350°, 390°, 430° )
  • Upgraded Mouthpiece With Air Carb
  • Quartz Crystal Chamber With Dual Quartz Rods
  • Titanium Coils
  • Coilless Chamber With Ceramic Dish (No Combustion)
  • 1ML Glass E-liquid/Oil Tank Included
  • 510 Threaded Battery
  • Lifetime Warranty (Battery)

Price: $148

(Courtesy of Phil Lewis)

Colorado-based artist Phil Lewis says he is inspired by nature, and his engraved Pax vaporizers are no exception. Lewis offers engravings on all generations of the Pax with your choice of Pax color, and his laser method allows for precision and intricacy while leaving a beautiful matte finish. Lewis displays designs such as ‘Cannabis,’ ‘Owl Eyes,’ ‘Jellyfish,’ ‘Phoenix,’ and a plethora of other intricate mandala-like patterns. He also offers custom designs, initials, and even logos. All you have to do is choose the Pax model, color, and engraving, and Lewis can have the artistic vapes shipped out in as little as two days.

Price: $40–$299.99


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(Courtesy of G Pen)

Stash is an urban designer who is considered one of NYC’s top graffiti artists. He’s been making art since the 1980s, and now he’s teamed up with G Pen to release his art on a different kind of surface—the G Pen Elite vaporizer. This vaporizer puts iconic New York graffiti in your hands wherever you go.

The Stash Kit Includes:

  • 1 Stash G Pen Elite
  • 1 Stash G Pen Stash Can
  • 1 Stash G Pen Elite Charging Dock
  • 1 Stash G Card
  • 1 Resealable Bag
  • 2 Enamel Pins
  • 2 Stickers
  • 1 G Pen Tool
  • 1 Cleaning Brush

Price: $169.95

Everything You Need to Know About Pre-Filled Oil Vape Cartridges

When it comes to ease of use, portability, and functionality, one cannabis product stands tall above the rest. You may know them as pre-loaded cannabis oil vape cartridges, hash oil vape pens, or even disposable wax pens. These relatively new and exciting devices have permeated the cannabis concentrate market over the last several years, quickly becoming the go-to concentrate-based product for both the novice and accustomed cannabis fans.

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However, when it comes to choosing the right pre-loaded disposable pen, various factors stand in the way of making a decision. Although many of these products seem aesthetically similar at first glance, there are a myriad of nuances that distinguish them from one another.


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Understanding the differences between these disposable pens can help you make an educated decision on which product is right for your consumption.

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If you’re new to pre-filled oil vape cartridges, there are many benefits to using them that I’ve outlined below.

Ease of Use

Deciding to use a pre-filled cannabis oil vape cartridge takes the guesswork completely out of the equation. Contrary to other methods of using hash oil such as a dab rig and nail setup, or even manual portable vape pens which require self-loading, pre-filled “carts” require little to no effort whatsoever. At most, these products may require you to press a button to inhale. In fact, most of the time you don’t even have to worry about the battery life—many products are designed so that charging the battery isn’t even necessary.


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Pre-filled oil vape carts are the easiest method of enjoying hash oil while on the go. Their sleek and minimalist design allows for discreet vaping, free of the distracting qualities that larger setups or raw cannabis products may carry (such as noticeable smoke or odor).


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For uninitiated cannabis concentrate users, dosing can be a major concern. Nobody wants an overwhelming experience when attempting to enjoy cannabis oil products responsibly. Unlike dabbing, using a pre-loaded vape pen allows for a highly controlled dose with each inhalation. This gives the user full autonomy of how much or little to consume.


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Familiarize yourself with the many types of pre-filled oil vape cartridges on the market so you can purchase the one that best fits your needs or preferences.

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Cartridge/Battery Combos vs. Disposables

When choosing a pre-filled vape pen, there are several hardware options. Some products are offered in tanks that typically come formatted with a 510 threaded standard vaporizer battery insert. These tanks can fit on any battery that contains the 510 threading, and nowadays almost all battery tanks come in this format. The exception to this is when you purchase pre-loaded tanks designed by companies to fit their personalized batteries. An example would be the PAX Era Pods, which are designed to be used with their vaporizer/battery systems.


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Alternatively, many pre-loaded vape pens are available as “disposables,” containing a pre-charged battery designed to support the device until the tank empties. These pen varieties require no charging and are meant to be disposed after use. They contain no threading and are not meant to be separated from their battery.

Distillate Cartridges vs. CO2

Hash oil tends to be a highly viscous substance, making it substantially difficult to use with standard vaporizer hardware. This has led the pre-loaded vaporizer market in a series of directions to design a product that functions properly with standard atomizers.

Methods have been taken to “cut” or infuse standard hash oil with various substances such as polyethylene glycol (PEG), propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), or even medium chain triglycerides (MCT) such as coconut oil in order to maintain a less viscous and lasting consistency conducive to standard atomizer functionality.


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While the use of such agents has been subject to controversy, market innovators have found several ways to mitigate this concern by developing alternative extraction techniques. An example of this is the use of distillates in pre-loaded vape pens.

Distillation takes the standard CO2 extraction process used in most disposable pen varieties and refines the oil once more through a fractioning process to produce a substance with a much higher cannabinoid purity. Distillate, being less viscous, is much easier to use in pre-loaded vape pens and does not require cutting agents.


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Terpene Infusions and Strain-Specific Flavorings

Alternatively, the use of terpenes has been found to help cut the viscosity of hash oil as well, making this another, potentially safer, alternative to traditional cutting agents. Terpenes not only add flavor and aromatics to the experience, they can alter the effects due to their ability to influence how cannabinoids interact with our system.

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There are several ways to use terpenes with pre-filled vaporizer cartridges. Food-grade terpene flavorings, for example, are arguably the most prevalent as well as the lowest quality when it comes to flavor and experience. Terpenes are found all over nature, and can also be synthesized in a lab.

Take d-limonene for example, a popular terpene additive that is found in some cannabis varietals. Many manufacturers use food-grade d-limonene as the sole flavoring additive for their pre-loaded cartridges. Although this helps to cut the viscosity of the oil as well as offer a mild flavor enhancement, infusions such as this tend to be one-dimensional and offer little to nothing in enhancing experience to the user.


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When shopping for cartridges, oftentimes these types of pens will be labeled as “lemon/lime”-flavored to represent this additive being used. Many other food-grade terpenes are used in this respect, which is why it’s important to check with your budtender and read labels carefully when buying terpene-infused cartridges.

Products Labeled by Effect

Many times, pre-filled oil vape cartridges are labeled and marketed by their supposed effect on the user. Products of this variety tend to claim they provide “relaxing” or “energetic” effects, with some often being labeled as indica, sativa, or even hybrid. When infused into a product, these terpene combinations are designed to give effects similar to what you would find in particular cannabis strains.


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Whether they’re infused with food-grade terpenes or naturally-derived terpenes extracted from cannabis strains, many of these products incorporate carefully mixed combinations similar to what would be traced in a strain or strain type. How well these infusions imitate the strain varieties they mimic is debatable; however, products with terpene combinations tend to give a more enhanced experience than a similar product containing one or no terpenes.

Cannabinoid-Specific Cartridges

Although many hash oil pen varieties are labeled by flavor or effect, some focus on cannabinoid concentration. Aside from the typical high-THC product that most pens offer, there are some manufacturers that offer products containing elevated levels of cannabidiol (CBD).


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High-CBD pens may or may not contain added flavorings, but they do guarantee a ratio of THC to CBD that can range from 2:1 all the way to 20:1 and greater. These types of pens offer great medicinal value to those looking for CBD in an easy-to-consume product.

Full-Spectrum Cartridges

The pinnacle of pre-loaded oil cartridges in terms of overall quality rests with full-spectrum extracts. These products are created using the entire spectrum of bioavailable molecules found within a given cannabis strain. A full-spectrum oil does not add, reintroduce, or remove any active compound within a strain and offers a flavor and effect far superior and multidimensional to most competitors.


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Pre-filled full-spectrum cartridges are hard to come by and are only offered in certain markets; their price tends to reflect their rarity as well. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a market where these products are available, it’s highly recommended to fork up the extra cash to give one a shot. In terms of strain comparability, the flavor on a full-spectrum cart is incredibly similar to what you would experience in a strain.

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All in all, there are many types of pre-filled oil cartridge varieties to consider, each one with its pros and cons. If you’re interested in learning more about these types of products, alway ask your local budtender before committing to a purchase. Oftentimes labels only offer a fraction of the information compared to the knowledge and expertise of a cannabis professional such as a budtender. Regardless of your taste, there’s bound to be a hash oil cartridge option available to suit your individual needs.

Hands-On With the Vivant Dabox Wax Vaporizer

Sponsored by VaporNation, your online vaporizer superstore.

The Leafly office recently got a chance to take Vivant’s new Dabox concentrate vaporizer for a spin. We put this wax vape in the hands of product guru Darren Harris and dab virgin Ian Chant, then had the two of them compare notes. Here’s what they had to say after a week with Vivant’s newest offering.

A freshly unboxed Dabox. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

First Impressions

DH: So I use a standard dab rig pretty regularly, and I enjoyed using the Dabox. I’m used to pulling as much as I can, and so the first few times, I held it down for a nice long time. I realized later that you don’t really have to hold the heating button down for more than five seconds or so to get a perfectly good pull off this and blow out a cloud that was pretty massive…

IC: It’s probably more reflective of how new I am at this, but it took me a couple of times putting it through its paces for me to be comfortable and feel like I knew what I was doing. But once I had a handle on it, the Dabox did really right by me.

DH: It’s kind of odd that there’s a learning curve, because functionally, it’s very simple—it’s one button, no temperature changes, you just hold and inhale. The thing you need to figure out about that is how long do you need to hold the button. For me, it took a day or two to learn that I could really just hold it for a second or two and kind of sip off of this. Because if you want to get super-smacked, you can just rip this thing two or three times and you’ll be right there. But if you want to work your way up to that level of high, you have to kind of learn to finesse it.

IC: Design-wise, I really liked the Dabox too. It fits right in the palm of your hand, and it’s got a nice heft to it that I wasn’t necessarily expecting. It feels really good when you’re holding it. The heating coil was easy to swap out, and the swing-open chamber was really smooth. Taken as a whole, it just feels really well-crafted.

DH: Yeah, I’ve used a number of concentrate vaporizers that feel cheap, whether it’s a plastic mouthpiece or the actual construction. This does not feel like something you’d expect to find at this price point.

The chamber of the Dabox swings out for easy loading and coil replacement. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

Just Add Wax

IC: So what concentrate were you using with this?

DH: I was using the Middlefork honey crystal from Oleum, which is one of my favorite brands. And in the Dabox, you really get that blast of terpenes that is so tasty. Then later, I tried a sugar resin from Oleum, which was not as messy as the honey crystal. How about you?

IC: I was using an Oleum sugar resin as well, which was really kind and very easy to load. I’m not sure would want to go with anything that was much viscous than that.

DH: Yeah, loading honey crystal into the Dabox, which has kind of a shallow chamber, was tough; sugar resin was a lot easier to break off and drop in. I’d definitely recommend a more solid concentrate like sugar resin or shatter that you can break apart easily over a more viscous product, which is going to be more time consuming and involve some extra cleanup.

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On The Go

IC: As far as portability, I would be super happy to take a Dabox to a friend’s house for a barbecue or for a hike in the woods. But because you are going to regularly be loading wax into the chamber, I would feel on the conspicuous side using this vaporizer at, say, a concert or a park.

DH: Yeah. I think that this won’t be my main go to piece for dabs, but if I’m going to a friend’s place or going to be on the road for a weekend, it makes a perfect side accessory to get that experience on the go. And that’s one place I’d give this an edge over even some things that bill themselves as portable dab rigs, which still have things like an e-nail that are gonna get you some looks.

IC: This is definitely pretty anonymous. I felt like once this is loaded, I could walk around downtown Seattle without anyone giving me a look.

DH: Well, that’s exactly what I did, so yeah, you can.

An included scoop and charger make sure the Dabox is ready to go right out of the box. (Julia Sumpter for Leafly)

How To

IC: As someone who is new to using concentrates, and especially to a concentrate vaporizer, I feel like I could have done with some more documentation. For something that bills itself as easy to customize by swapping out coil heads, I would love to have seen that explained out just a little more.

DH: I agree. I would have liked a little bit of a warning on that front and some pointers on how to easily clean stuff.

IC: Even as someone who’s generally disinclined to read instructions, I read these thoroughly and I still had some questions. And as we talked about, most of that stuff I figured out just through use, but I think they could have eliminated some of that trial and error period.

DH: Something I did find annoying was the silicon filter, which got clogged a lot.

IC: Yeah, I was taking a toothpick to mine pretty regularly.

(Turns out, there’s an instruction manual available online that was more thorough than the one that came packaged with the Dabox we tested.)

Dabbing for Beginners

DH: I was curious, since you’re new to this experience, did it make you more likely to use a vape in the future, either for concentrate or for flower?

IC: Yeah, this thing definitely piqued my curiosity on vaping, and also on concentrates. I’ve been curious about things like sugar resin and shatter since I moved back to Washington, but I think any process where two of your main tools are a torch and a nail… you’re going to scare some people off, me included. The Dabox, though, is pretty simple and feels familiar.

DH: I think this is a great entry point device. I have friends who are curious about dabbing, but often I end up kind of doing everything for them—it’s an intimidating process. If you’re interested in dabbing but you’re not quite sure where to start, the Dabox is a great way to affordably give yourself a dab experience before you jump in entirely.

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Disposable vape pens are understandably popular—compact and convenient, these devices are handy in many situations. They’re perfect for the casual consumer who doesn’t vape often enough to necessitate a battery of their own; for the cannabis tourist visiting a legal market but unable to take a standard pen or cartridge home; for the consumer who already owns a great vaporizer but forgot to bring it along on a weekend excursion; or simply for those of us prone to misplacing our stuff (hey, it happens).


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When purchasing any disposable product, it’s easy to think that quality doesn’t matter—but it does. Any time you intend to inhale cannabis vapor, you should be looking for products that use high-quality materials and oils, as the following brands do. Keep an eye out for them at your favorite dispensary next time you need a pen on the go.

(Courtesy of hmblt)

With a hefty 88% cannabinoid and 12% terpene profile, hmbldt’s disposable vape pens aim to capture all the beneficial aspects of the cannabis plant. Precise dosing coupled with recyclability make this pen a winner. Check out the hmbldt bliss vape pen for a calming session with added peace of mind.

Available in: California


(Courtesy of Wildflower)

Convenient and discreet, the Wildflower pen is a great disposable vape. With a smooth pull and relaxing effects, take a hit off the Eclipse vape pen for a perfectly elevated night out or in. For more info, check out our in-depth review of Wildflower pens.

Available in: Washington, Pennsylvania (CBD only), New York (CBD only)


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(Courtesy of Kushy Vape)

If you’re one for flavorful clouds and organic ingredients, reach for a tasty Kushy Punch Vape. You might just feel like you’ve entered a mystical world if you grab the Unicorn Dreams version packed with 250mg of THC and a flavorful, sherbet-like finish. This is the perfect pen to quell cravings for something sweet without breaking into your munchie stash.

Available in: California


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(Courtesy of RĒL)

Keeping with cannabis tradition, RĒL disposable vape pens are filled with .420 grams of potent oil, and their sleek design and oil quality make for the perfect mix of elevation and dedication. Choose whichever pen suits your mood—each comes with the strain type clearly printed on the mouthpiece to avoid mix-ups.

Available in: Oregon

(Courtesy of O.pen Vape)

Pre-loaded with 100mg of activated THC, the one-time-use O.ne disposable pen by O.penVAPE delivers the most convenient and relaxing pull you could ask for. With 40% THC, this is the best option for those new to the vape pen or cannabis scene. Buy one or all three to experience each strain and discover your favorite.

Available in: Colorado, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Arizona, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut

Evoxe Labs

Evoxe Labs crafts disposable vape pens with a propriety blend of oils tailored to cater to every situation. In the relaxing Indica Deep Vape Pen, for instance, you’ll find 70% THC coupled with soothing chamomile, zesty orange, and calming lavender for a product that will have you sinking into a state of alleviation. Check out our in-depth Evoxe Labs review for more information.

Available in: California, Arizona


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(Courtesy of W!NK)

Women-owned and women-designed, W!NK prides itself on providing quality vape pens for passionate canna-connoisseurs. The W!NK Go Pen specifically caters to an on-the-go lifestyle, with pens containing either 250mg or 500mg of THC.

Available in: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada


(Courtesy of Quill)

Ultra-sleek, CO2 extracted, and free of things like vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, and PEG-400, the Quill vape pen has the customer in mind with quality oil and zero additives. It’s the perfect pen for microdosing: each pull contains just 2mg THC, so you can puff for an extended period without the fear of going overboard. Throw it in a purse or tuck it in a pocket and it will be the sleekest addition to your cannabis stash.

Available in: Oregon, Washington

(Courtesy of Eureka)

Need a pen that packs a punch? Loaded with 94% THC, Eureka’s disposable vape pen will take you to new levels in your next smoke session. Providing full disclosure for the consumer, each disposable vape pen comes with its own lab results (like these ones for the indica strain) so you know exactly what’s going into each and every inhale. 

Available in: California, Colorado


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(Courtesy of Ionic)

A handcrafted blend of oils gives Ionic a unique flavor profile, and these disposable vape pens are not just luxurious in looks—they’re luxurious in quality. Each pen’s oil is extracted with CO2 and filtered, so you know you’re breathing in the best of the best.

Available in: Washington

What’s your go-to disposable vape pen? Tell us about it in the comments!

Haute Box: 9 Must-Have Rose Gold Cannabis Accessories

Move over millennial pink, you’re too confusing. Rose gold is in it to win it as the It color of the summer and beyond. And with cannabis companies launching their latest products in the hip hue, “rosé and reefer” might just start trending along with “rosé all day” and “yes way rosé.”

From chic vape pens to a blended 24-karat gold and copper pipe, use our list to step up your sesh style. Love another product not included below? Share it in the comments!


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Beboe Vaporizer, $60

(Courtesy of Beboe)

From legendary tattoo artist Scott Campbell and former fashion industry executive Clement Kwan, Beboe was born earlier this year (at a star-studded launch party in West Hollywood, natch). In addition to its Pastilles ($25), the luxe line includes a pre-filled (with .5g of a sativa and CBD blend), single-use rose gold vaporizer intended for smoking socially and in style.

Shop: beboe.com

Sweetflag Rose Gold Grinder, $25

(Courtesy of Sweetflag)

This beautiful spin on the classic four-tiered grinder from one of our favorite online head shops comes complete with a pollen catcher and small spatula on the bottom tier.

Shop: sweetflag.club

Clipper Flint Rose Gold, $12

(Courtesy of Clipper)

Upgrade your Bic to a classic Clipper in brushed and polished rose gold. The flint flame is child-resistant, refillable, and reflintable.

Shop: clipperukltd.co.uk


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(Courtesy of Pax)

The latest edition from the industry leader in loose-leaf vaporizers is now concentrate-friendly with this dual-use model that’s compatible with an iPhone app—and comes in rose gold, of course.

Shop: paxvapor.com

Bloom Farms Highlighter Vape Pen, $60

(Courtesy of Bloom Farms)

Our philanthropic friends at Bloom Farms (a one-for-one company who pledges a healthy meal to someone in need with every product sold) launched their latest vape pen styled entirely in a rose gold finish with a signature metal mouthpiece and redesigned battery. Plus, it’s pre-loaded with 500mg of totally pure cannabis oil (free of petroleum-based solvents) in its “Anytime” hybrid blend, which is the perfect combination to inspire relaxation, creativity, and focus.

Shop: getbloomfarms.com

Greenshore Rose Gold Pipe, $229

(Courtesy of Greenshore)

This classic design from the lionized German pipe maker is handcrafted in two parts with a mixture of 24-karat gold and copper. The statement piece is virtually unbreakable and easy to clean, with an optimal smoke pull.

Shop: greeshore-pipes.com


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Boy Smells Kush Candle, $29

(Courtesy of Boy Smells)

Set the mood for your next rose gold themed sesh with Boy Smells’ Kush scented candle, connected with a blend of beeswax and coconut wax and infused with notes of cannabis, suede, white musk, tulip, and amber.

Shop: tokyosmoke.com

Lord Jones All Natural Old Fashioned High CBD Gumdrops, $45

(Courtesy of Lord Jones)

Because we even want our edibles in on this color scheme. Made by hand in small batches infused with the finest full-spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich CBD extract, Lord Jones’ sweet treats are the go-to gummy for enhanced daily wellbeing. Available for shipping nationwide, or in California for THC as well as CBD infused products.

Shop: lordjones.com 

Raw Rolling Tray, $350*

(Courtesy of Raw)

Although it’s long gone via an auction in honor of Raw’s tenth anniversary, one of these limited edition (only 200 made) rolling trays might just turn up on eBay some day.

Info: rawfoundation.com

Firefly 2 vs. Pax 3: A Portable Vaporizer Comparison

When it comes to portable vaporizers, there are a lot of options available depending on your budget as well as both your discretionary and performance needs. Two heavyweights on the higher end of the price spectrum provide similar features and experiences: The Firefly 2 from Firefly and the Pax 3 from Pax Labs. Both devices claim to be the best out on the market, and since they each offer similar features, it’s only fair to put these two against each other head-to head.


How Portable Vaporizers Work

Which portable vaporizer comes out on top? I broke it down to three main operational aspects people tend to consider for portables vapes: heating performance, functionality/ease of use, and overall vaping performance.

Firefly 2 vs. Pax 3 portable vaporizer comparisonClick to enlarge. (Amy Phung/Leafly)

Heating Performance

Firefly 2 portable vaporizer with the Pax 3 in the backgroundThe Firefly 2. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Both the Firefly 2 and Pax 3 boast that users will be able to further customize their desired temperature settings using a phone app that’s free to download and connect with Bluetooth.

Temperature Settings

  • Firefly 2: Allows you to choose among six settings (starting with low concentrates), with an additional tuning slider that allows you to add a little extra boost of power
  • Pax 3: App provides a temperature spectrum ranging from 360°-420° that you can conveniently scroll through to select the temperature you want


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Heat Time

  • Firefly 2: Once your desired setting is chosen, the Firefly 2 heats up in a very snappy 3-5 seconds
  • Pax 3: Once your desired setting is chosen, it takes around 10-15 seconds to reach it

App Required?

  • Firefly 2: If you decide not to download the app, the Firefly 2 defaults to a medium-high heat setting
  • Pax 3: If you decide not to download the app, you can still cycle through five heat settings (starting with low concentrates) on the Pax 3 by pressing in on the mouthpiece


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Even though the Firefly 2 boasts a much quicker heat-up time, in my opinion the additional temperature selection function puts the Pax 3 over the Firefly 2, as you still have a wider range of temperature control on the Pax 3 whether or not you’re using the app. Although the apps for both devices were easy to connect to and use, the Pax 3 provides a wider range of options outside of the app by giving you the option to change settings on the device itself. Additionally, the Pax 3’s 10-15 second heat-up time isn’t much of a deal-breaker.

Winner: Pax 3

Ease of Use

Pax 3 portable vaporizer with the Firefly 2 in the backgroundThe Pax 3. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

The Firefly 2 and Pax 3 both use clever design features that make using either device very straightforward and simple.

Loading Flower

  • Firefly 2: This process is as easy as removing the magnetic faceplate, dropping a pinch of your herb of choice into the small chamber, replacing the faceplate, and then placing either one or both of your fingers (depending on your settings in the app) on the side sensors to start the heating process before inhaling.
  • Pax 3: The chamber is cleverly located on the bottom of the vaporizer itself, requiring just a simple push on one side of the bottom to pop open the oven lid. Once you open the lid, simply load your ground herb of choice, snap the lid back on, and then press the mouthpiece to turn on the Pax and start its heat-up process. When the petals on the body of the Pax 3 all turn green, the vape is ready to use. A quick press and hold of the mouthpiece turns the Pax 3 back off.


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Loading Concentrate

  • Firefly 2: Simply place one of the three included concentrate pads into the chamber before loading your concentrate of choice, then select the concentrate heat setting in the Firefly app.
  • Pax 3: The Pax 3 requires replacing the normal herb oven lid with the concentrates insert accessory. Select the desired temperature setting, or you can also press and hold the Pax 3 mouthpiece and then press it again repeatedly to reach a higher setting without using the app.

When it comes to functionality and ease of use, the Pax 3 and Firefly 2 are virtually tied. However, I will give a slight edge to the Pax 3 because it has a slim advantage in the different ways you can use and operate it. Even though it’s incredibly easy to use, the heating sensors on the sides of the Firefly 2 pretty much restricts you to holding it hotdog-style, which doesn’t always make for the most discreet use.


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With the Pax 3, however, the unit is slightly slimmer, and its rounder frame along with its buttonless design allows you to hold it any way you like. The flat extra mouthpiece that’s included also makes for complete discretion when taking pulls. That plus the fact that you can cycle through temperature settings without having to reopen the app gives the Pax 3 the slight nod in this category.

Winner: Pax 3 (by a slim nug)

Vape Performance/Experience

The Firefly 2 portable vaporizerThe Firefly 2. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Both the Firefly 2 and Pax 3 provide an enjoyable vaping experience when it comes to inhaling that delicious vapor.

Heat Performance

  • Firefly 2: I was consistently impressed with how quickly it heated up my bud; after just a few seconds, the light was green and I was all set to inhale. However, sometimes it seemed a bit too quick, especially in the very beginning of the session. It felt like the herbs hadn’t been heated up for long enough, but subsequent draws usually brought that nice and tasty vapor.
  • Pax 3: The Pax 3 likes to take a little more time in heating up towards your set temperature, and it can feel a little warm in your hand, too, depending on how high you have your heat set. However, the cool thing about the Pax is its lip-sensing function in the mouthpiece that causes it to either quickly boost its heating or cool down depending on if you’re beginning or ending your draw. This helps you get the most out of your bud while also keeping it from burning up too fast, as the Pax 3 can sometimes get hot on the higher settings.


Product Review: The Firefly 2 Portable Vaporizer

Power Settings

  • Firefly 2: The app has a power tuning setting that allows you to give yourself an extra boost for more flavor and stronger draws—it helped me maximize the small amount of herb resting inside.
  • Pax 3: You can cycle between different power settings in the app to give yourself a more curated vape experience. Settings such as Boost, Stealth, and Efficiency made a noticeable difference in how much vapor I wanted to produce and how long my nug lasted during those vape sessions.

Vapor Production

  • Firefly 2: You aren’t going to blow any real clouds with the Firefly 2, but you will get a consistent vaping experience thanks to its small and circular heating chamber. The chamber only holds about a pinch’s worth, which can sometimes leave you with a burnt taste after a few decent pulls.
  • Pax 3: Vapor production with the Pax 3 can be substantial at times if you have your settings right, but you can also go for more flavor and adjust settings accordintly. Either way, I was always left baked and satisfied using the Pax 3.


Product Review: The Pax 3 Portable Vaporizer

I found the Pax 3’s vaping experience to be more powerful and enjoyable overall than the Firefly 2, and even though my sessions weren’t as consistently flavorful as the Firefly 2’s, the Pax 3 had me feeling higher and more stoned in general. The slightly larger chamber allows for more bud and thus longer sessions, but the additional settings in the Pax 3 app gave me a ton of control over what kind of vape experience I wanted to have.

The Firefly 2 gave me a consistently tasty experience, but I was sometimes left feeling a bit unsatisfied and not as high as I wanted to be after some sessions compared to the Pax 3. I also felt that the Pax 3 was easier and more discreet to use.

Winner: Pax 3

Final Verdict: Pax 3

Pax 3 portable vaporizerThe Pax 3. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

When it comes down to it, the Pax 3 edges out the Firefly 2 as being the overall better portable vaporizer. Both devices are very similar in their function and performance, but the Pax 3 offers just a bit more at about $55 less than the Firefly 2, making it the victor in my eyes.

The Pax 3’s app design gives users more flexibility than the Firefly 2’s app in creating the best individual experience, and it also comes with some fun games to serve as high time-wasters while you’re using the unit. It’s is also better designed to be used discreetly virtually anywhere you find yourself thanks to the auto-draw function and its buttonless design, whereas the side sensors on the Firefly 2 dictate that you hold it a certain way.

Ultimately, though, you can’t go wrong with either product, as both the Firefly 2 and the Pax 3 are setting the standard in sleek portable vape technology. The original Firefly was designed to get the most out of every cannabinoid present, and the Pax 3 is an impressive improvement over its previous generation, the very solid Pax 2. If these brands mark the future of portable vaporizers, I can’t wait to see what comes next.

You May Want to Avoid These Ingredients in Cannabis Oil Vape Cartridges

By now, you’ve probably seen or tried firsthand a vaporizer with an oil cartridge. These portable vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular as they’re easy to dose and operate. Visiting a dispensary, you’ll notice different brands made with different strains, solvents, and additives. Which ingredients are safe, and which ones should be avoided?

Burning cannabis oils can produce some of the same free radicals that are formed when you burn cannabis or tobacco, which is why people have turned to vaporizing (vaping). Vaporizing means that cannabis is heated without combustion. Active ingredients are released by the heat into a fine-mist vapor. Since combustion does not occur, smoke is not created.


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People who vape cannabis perceive vaping to be safer and less harmful to their health than smoking. Cannabis vaporizers are specifically designed for inhalation without harmful smoke toxins, but how safe are materials being inhaled?

Harmful Agents to Avoid in Cannabis Oil

When vaporized, cannabis oils are frequently mixed with thinning agents for better performance in a vaporizing device. However, when some thinning agents are heated, potentially harmful carbonyl compounds can be produced.

Research in this area first began with e-cigarettes. Cannabis and e-cigarettes use different thinning agents and are heated and vaporized at different temperatures, but there are parallels that have now led researchers to begin similar research on cannabis thinning agents.


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In a 2017 study conducted at the Medical Marijuana Research Institute in Arizona, researchers looked at the byproducts produced when vaporizing cannabis oil. These popular cannabis thinning agents were studied:

  • Propylene glycol (PG or PPG)
  • Vegetable glycerin
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400
  • Medium chain triglycerides

These thinning agents were heated to 230°C (450°F), and scientists tested the resulting vapors to detect the presence of harmful compounds like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein.


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The results showed that polyethylene glycol 400 produced much higher acetaldehyde and formaldehyde byproducts than the other three agents. Heating of the thinning agent propylene glycol also produced significantly greater formaldehyde byproduct. Researchers concluded that individuals who vaporize cannabis oil utilizing these thinning agents may risk harmful exposures to the byproducts.

Thinning Agent Alternatives in Vaporizer Cartridges

Producers of vaporizer cartridges are making a mass exodus away from these thinning agents due to their health risks and the unpleasant taste they tend to carry. Instead, many are turning to terpenes as they help thin the oil while improving flavor. Others are using different extraction methods such as distillation to achieve an oil thin enough to be consumed in a cartridge without the need for additive thinners.

As vaporizing oil cartridges becomes more popular, products specifically designed for this purpose are emerging in the marketplace. When purchasing oil cartridges for your portable vaporizer, check the ingredients to see if propylene glycol and/or polyethylene glycol 400 are listed. If so, you may want to avoid them and reach for an alternative product that utilizes terpenes or a more health-conscious extraction method.

We Tried the Suicide Girls’ New Cannabis Vape Line

Building on their already widespread brand and lifestyle recognition, the erotic modeling and online community website Suicide Girls recently launched a cannabis brand. Their product line is built on three distinct vape cartridges focusing specifically on the effects most beloved by their models—Chill, Hustle, and Zero.

Originally founded and still operating as an “alt-pin-up-girl” Tumblr-style blog site, Suicide Girls is all about meeting consumer preferences where they’re at. The same is true of their product line. The sleek metal vape pens that comprise the line are a great indicator of the ways in which thoughtful design is becoming a priority in the cannabis space, and at 65% THC per pen, they are powerful without being overwhelming for the average consumer (though I would still caution the casual user to start with one small hit and build incrementally from there). They’re also a great value, at $55 for a one-gram cartridge.


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Chill and Hustle are true to their namesakes. Chill was great for both movie watching and going to the meditation gardens in Encinitas, giving me a nice mellow high without drowsiness. I also enjoyed sharing this with my lover before a cuddle. I gave some to a friend who was feeling a little anxious about an upcoming project and she noted that it helped her feel more at ease.

Hustle is definitely a productivity-focused sativa. I tried it with a few friends and one described the experience as “active, focused, and present” while another found it “too cerebral to the point of anxiety.” I personally found this pen to be useful when trying to stave off the afternoon slump and stay clear and focused.

Zero is the Suicide Girls’ unique entry point into the cannabis market. The name speaks to its anti-munchie effects. Thanks to the presence of THCV, a cannabinoid that has been found to suppress appetite and regulate blood sugar, this is one of the few cannabis products I’ve tried that doesn’t leave me wanting to devour the refrigerator.

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Suicide Girls Cannabis Vape Cartridge Product Review | Leafly

It’s not a leap to see why body-conscious Suicide Girls see THCV-intense strains, such as Durban Poison, as go-to’s, and why Zero is an on-target product for them. According to the company’s director Dominic Grech, “We noticed a significant number of Suicide Girls smoking strains that were high in THCV … that is where we came up with the idea for Zero, a THCV-infused hybrid.”

They’re definitely on to something with the concept behind Zero. I also found this to be the best-tasting of the three pens, with a light citrus flavor coupled with a candy sweetness—almost like drinking a lemon-lime soda. But the reasons I love the THCV-predominant strain have less to do with ‘dieting’ and more to do with how it gives me even more control over my cannabis experience. Munchies are a side effect a lot of us want to avoid, and it’s past time that we have an option that suppresses that impulse.

Furthermore, for most of us, it’s less because of a desire to stay thin or meet a certain shape goal, and it’s not about being on a diet. It’s about being mindful of what we put in our bodies. It’s because, and let’s be honest, mindlessly mowing down a bag of chips may not leave you feeling particularly sexy or in control of your body. And both of those are paramount to enjoying a healthy lifestyle. As our cultural understanding of cannabis and the amazing number of ways it can contribute to a healthy lifestyle grows, consumers being able to better direct their experience with the plant is becoming more and more tailored.


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Overall Product Impressions

While a little more holistic, empowerment-focused marketing would really turn me on, I’m thrilled that Suicide Girls has come out with some high-quality vapes. I love the metal on metal design with the logo branded battery. The tube mouthpiece is also unique—it has more airflow than the thinner mouthpieces on other vapes I’ve used. And I especially appreciate the brand’s commitment to transparency: The website includes information about the organic sourcing of the product from Lowell Farms, plus testing information for cannabinoid content and results for residual solvents, pesticides, and molds. They’re also propylene glycol-free. Overall, these vapes are designed for savvy consumers who care about what goes into their bodies—no matter their shape or size.

Suicide Girls Cannabis Cartridges At a Glance

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Product Info: Suicide Girls Zero (Hybrid) Cartridge

Manufacturer: Suicide Girls

Cannabis content:  84% Cannabinoids:

THC 65%

CBD 2.98%

CBN 1.62%

CBG .99%

CBC .84%

Verols .76%

THCv > 1%

Non-Active Ingredients: Natural flavors and terpenes

Available in: California


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Product Info: Suicide Girls Hustle (Sativa Dominant) Cartridge

Manufacturer: Suicide Girls

Cannabis content:  84% Cannabinoids

THC 65%

CBD 2.98%

CBN .38%

CBG .99%

CBC .84%

Verols .76%

Non-Active Ingredients: Natural flavors and terpenes

Available in: California

Manufacturer: Suicide Girls

Product Info: Suicide Girls Chill (Indica Dominant) Cartridge

Cannabis content: 84% Cannabinoids:

THC 65%

CBD 2.98%

CBN 6.7%

CBG .99%

CBC .84%

Verols .76%

Non-Active Ingredients: Natural flavors and terpenes

Available in: California

Have you tried the Suicide Girls product line? Share your thoughts in the comments?

Is Vaping Safe? The Differences Between Vaping vs. Smoking Cannabis

Vaporizing or “vaping” of cannabis has gained in popularity over the last several years, just as e-cigarettes have. But what exactly is vaporizing, and is it safe? We’ll help separate fact from fiction.

What Is Vaping?


Essentially, vaporizing is the heating of cannabis without burning. The heat releases the active ingredients into a vapor that is then released into the air in a fine mist created by a vaporizer device. Since combustion does not occur, smoke is not created.

Vaporizer products vary in size and functionality; this article will focus on desktop and portable flower vaporizers.


Which Type of Vaporizer Best Suits You?

Is Vaping Safe?

According to two recent survey studies, people who vape cannabis perceive it to have health benefits and find it to be safer and less harmful to their health than smoking, Furthermore, cannabis vaporizers are specifically designed for inhalation without harmful smoke toxins.

But what do researchers say? Does vaporizing reduce ingestion of potentially harmful toxins like tar, ammonia, and carcinogens found in cannabis smoke? While there is very little research on cannabis vaporizing, studies over the years have shown that vaporizing does produce fewer carcinogenic compounds than smoking marijuana because it is heated but not combusted. Although cannabis smoke is less toxic than cigarette smoke, inhalation of any combustion product is less than desirable. Any type of smoke still contains gases and particulates that can create lung irritation and respiratory problems. In fact, over 100 toxins and compounds are released when cannabis is burned.


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Smokers are more prone to respiratory infections and bronchitis, but it’s the smoke that gets you, not the cannabinoids. One of the first studies to compare smoking to vaporizing showed fewer respiratory affects with vaping, based on self-reporting of respiratory symptoms.

The Benefits of Cannabis Vaporization

Many medical patients have problematic respiratory systems and their lungs may be highly irritated by smoke, so they often find relief in vapor inhalation.

Some say vaporizers produce a more clear-headed high because smoke is not inhaled, but there are few studies that research whether vaping and smoking indeed create different types of highs. In an early study of 18 subjects, each subject either smoked or vaped one of three different strengths of THC (1.7, 3.4 of 6.8 percent), followed by measurements of delta-9-THC in blood and carbon monoxide in expired air. While blood levels were not significantly different, expired carbon monoxide was greatly reduced when vaporization was used.


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In a recent 2014 study of about 100 subjects who both smoked and vaporized, consumers reported several advantages of vaporizing over smoking, including the lack of smoke smell and better taste. They also reported that the same amount of cannabis product produced more effect with vaping. After the study, nearly all participants planned to continue vaporizer use.

Novice consumers also tend to prefer vaporizing because the vapor can be inhaled in short puffs rather than deep breaths. Additionally, people appreciate the added benefit that it is more discreet to use a vaporizer.

Are There Disadvantages to Vaping?

The disadvantages reported have to do with the setup of the vaporizer, preparation of the cannabis (it must be ground into a fine consistency), waiting for the vaporizer to heat up, and the cleaning required after each use. In addition to a slightly more cumbersome process, many desktop and portable vaporizers are too expensive for casual consumers (although in the long run, vaporizers can save you money on cannabis).


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Vape Temperature Matters


A 2009 study was one of the first to look at variable temperatures and vaporizing. Like earlier studies, this 2009 study not only showed fewer harmful byproducts in vaping versus smoking, but also showed that temperature matters.

In this study, cannabis was vaporized at three different temperatures (338°F, 392°F, and 446°F), with the cannabinoid-to-byproduct ratio measured using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The ratio at 392°F and 446°F was significantly higher than in smoke, showing less harmful toxins when vaporizing.


How to Customize Your Cannabis High with Temperature

Most vaporizers heat cannabis to a temperature just below combustion, in the range of 180 to 200°C (356 to 392°F). We now know that the amount of compound released does increase as its boiling point is approached. We also know specific temperatures at which various compounds are released: 220°F for THCA, all the way up to 428°F, right under the combustion temperature of 451°F, for the non-psychoactive compound cannabichromene (CBC).

Therefore, the elusive question regarding preferred vaporizer temperature can finally be answered. If for medicinal use, the temperature is dependent on the compound you need. Temperature for recreational use largely remains a personal preference.

Research on Cannabis Vaporization Ahead

Ten years ago, cannabis research had not occurred extensively because cannabis was illegal in most countries. As cannabis legalization and acceptance continues to spread across the United States and the world, more scientific studies are being conducted. An increase in information about vaporization and better availability of products is creating more appeal to cannabis users for both recreational and medicinal use.


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Scientists are begging to study cannabis users to explore both the prevalence and perceptions of vaping, like in this survey of nearly 3,000 recreational cannabis users aged 18-90. Another study examines cannabis intake preferences in advanced cancer patients using cannabis to alleviate symptoms. There are more quantitative studies happening too, like this 2015 study that measured blood levels and confirmed earlier studies that vaporizing is an effective delivery route for THC.

Because more cannabis users are perceiving vaporizers as being less harmful while offering additional benefits, it’s more crucial than ever to encourage continued experimental research about vaporizing as a cannabis delivery method.