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You're supposed to add something else called a "nail" to hold the concentrate, and a "torch" to vaporize it, but forget that noise. The G Pen Connect, with a glass attachment that fits most rigs, does both jobs in one, electronically. Bonus points: The battery, a box that snaps on magnetically, is chargeable via micro-USB, and lasts for much longer than the Pax 3. Click one side of it twice, and you'll have all the energy you need to produce 10 seconds of delicious vapor at a time on three heat settings. One or two sessions on the lowest, blue, is all most new users will need.

In my testing, the Connect was also capable of being used as a pen without the rig, by inhaling through the small glass attachment. But Grenco was clear that it doesn't officially recommend that, as the glass attachment can get hot. (For me, using it 10 seconds at a time, that never happened.) 3. Most futuristic: Firefly 2+ ($250) The latest iteration of the award-winning Firefly vaporizer, the harmonica-sized, brushed gold metallic 2+ looks like the kind of gadget that people will use to get high in the year 2420. The way its magnetic top layer snaps on, like the closing of a German car door, is a thing of beauty. Another advantage over the Pax 3: The concentrate attachment is included. It's much more simple, too — just a wire mesh disk that can be easily pulled out and cleaned by soaking for a few minutes in a thimble's worth of rubbing alcohol.

(As with the Pax 3, without the disk in, the Firefly can also vaporize flower.) On the downside, the mesh disk is so small and light that it's easy to lose. (Replacements cost $9, but Firefly outrageously charges at least $10 for shipping.) With months of use, the disk will start to lose its shape and be harder to stuff into its receptacle. Perhaps because of improper disk alignment, I and my testing associates had quite a few moments where we had to angle the Firefly up or down (there was no apparent rhyme or reason as to which worked) to get any vapor. The touch-sensitive heating switches on either side were too easy to touch without knowing it, wasting battery life. Which meant extra time on the dumbest, clunkiest proprietary charger of the lot. Ironically, the charger itself is powered by micro USB. It can't be that hard to cut out the charging middleman on a 25th century device, surely? Honorable mention: Puffco Peak ($380) Peak experience . At first, I loved the Puffco Peak — another highly futuristic device, an all-in-one palm-sized concentrate bong that politely brings its own quiver of cleaning Q-Tips to the party. It has micro-USB charging, and does the G Pen Connect one better with four temperature settings and produces consistently large vapor clouds. At Grasslands in August — America's first official marijuana festival within a major music festival, San Francisco's Outside Lands — the Peak was the device of choice for many vendors. But after a few months using the Peak on and off, it was getting harder to notice that those prodigious vapor clouds were making me cough after sessions, even on the lowest heat setting. When I accidentally dropped and smashed the glass attachment, it was telling that I had no desire to replace it — even though there is a booming third-party market of beautiful Peak glass attachments, many of which would not disgrace an art museum. But to my mind and lungs, especially at that price tag, it's hard to recommend for the concentrate beginner any more. Total overkill: Volcano Hybrid ($699) When money is no object . Speaking of price tags that might make even the most enthusiastic concentrate gourmet think "come on now, aren't we just getting high?", we should talk about the Volcano Hybrid. This is the just-released version of the Volcano, a plug-in vaporizer and feat of German engineering that has consistently won praise — and consistently hovered above the $500 mark — since it was first released in 2000. Until now, Volcano users had to fill a large crinkly space-age balloon, where the vapor was cleverly held in place until you needed it. It could in theory be passed around the party at leisure, but something about that crinkly balloon seemed to demand guests finish it at a faster rate than they might otherwise choose. The Hybrid solves this problem by adding a hose for optional sipping. Like the Firefly, the Volcano handles concentrates with a mesh disk. (Not the same size, because God forbid there be universal standards in this industry.) I haven't tried the Hybrid yet, but I suspect that the hose and disk combo will be the smoothest and richest way to consume concentrates yet. Then again, dear certain reader, you could just buy a Pax 3 for a third of the price, and have enough money left over to sample every kind of live resin under the sun. Posted By Jason Artman on Apr 1, 2018 | 22 comments. As the world’s many cannabis fans already know, decarboxylation is a vital step in ensuring the potency of cannabis edibles.

THC — the famous psychoactive compound in cannabis — isn’t actually present in great amounts in the cannabis bud. Smoking cannabis — or vaping it in a device such as the V2 Pro Series 3 vaporizer — instantly removes the carboxyl group from the THCA and converts it to THC. 2020 Update: The Magical Butter DecarBox isn’t up to stuff, but we’ve found something that is. Vaping or smoking doesn’t work for everyone, though. Some people prefer to take their cannabis orally, and decarboxylation is an essential step in ensuring consistent potency of oral cannabis products. The Magical Butter DecarBox is a product that’s supposed to make decarboxylation easy, consistent and smell free — but it misses the mark.

The problem is that not everyone prefers to smoke or vape cannabis. Consuming cannabis as a tincture or food produces effects that come on more slowly and last longer. Taking cannabis orally is also more discreet and less smelly than smoking or vaping it. Many medical patients prefer oral cannabis use because it makes consistent dosing easy and allows them to achieve the desired level of relief without feeling overly medicated.


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