As the social and legal stigmatization of cannabis wears away across the United States and throughout the world, we’re beginning to enter a new era where what was once considered paraphernalia is now looked upon as a high-end product. As cannabis use continues to spread, so will unique inventions and products that make consumption more accessible and controlled.
In fact, one cannabis product has just made its way onto TIME Magazine’s prestigious “25 Best Inventions of 2016” list: the hmbldt vape pen. The California-based company has developed various vaporizer pens that dispense a dose of cannabis oil that are formulated to provide different user experiences. The effects provided by the device includes calmness, sleepiness, or relief of pain, all without the headiness that comes with getting stoned.
Though there are a wide range of cannabis vaporizers on the consumer market, what makes the hmbldt product line stand out is that they are engineered to interact with the endocannabinoid system is specific ways. They are able to ensure consistency in dosage through optimized temperature control, controlled airflow, and timed control. For those looking to treat various medical conditions with cannabis, this ability to properly dose is extremely important.
The uniquely controlled mechanics coupled with the sleek, medical-grade aesthetic of the product design has made the hmbldt pen worthy of acknowledgment as one of the year’s best inventions. In addition to the cannabis vaporizer, TIME also awarded a number of other innovative inventions that would make stoners lose their shit. The “25 Best Inventions of 2016” list also includes the car tires that spin in every direction, especially nutritious sweet potatoes, an artificial pancreas, self-tying shoes, the Chinese space station, and much more.
All in all, what makes the inclusion of the hmbldt vape pen so important isn’t only the the cutting-edge product itself, but the symbolic gesture by TIME that cannabis is a real market with legitimate products. It’s alsoimportant to note that cannabis-delivery methods like the hmbldt haven’t been thoroughly vetted just yet. But as more states legalize and stigmatization continues to fade away, more studies will lead to more efficient and higher quality products.