I’ve never been a fan of synthetic medications and found I often respond better to traditional plant remedies. While there is certainly a time and place for western medicine, for everyday ailments I tend to go for natural options because for me, the lower tech/ less processed, the better.
Chamomile to help fall asleep, cacao or maca for energy- these are a few I use most often. But of all the natural remedies I utilize, cannabis is the one I have the most appreciation for. Why? Well for one, it’s benefits are incredibly diverse. Secondly, it’s easy to consume and its effects are immediate.
If you’re picturing hitting a bong and hacking your lungs out in a smoke-filled room or passing a joint while feeling either super awkward/paranoid or dissolving into uncontrollable laughter while eating way too much junk food, I don’t blame you. This is the vision (and experience) many have of smoking weed.
At our house though, the reality is much tamer. While some may enjoy an alcoholic drink to chill out at the end of a long day, my preference is to brush my teeth before taking a hit or two of vaporized cannabis oil and drinking a big glass of water while watching a favorite TV show. It’s clean, calorie-free, and an immediate mood shifter. When I’ve done this around friends who don’t smoke they’re always surprised and say- wait, that’s it?! The expectation is that the “event” is much more than it is.
But however misunderstood pot has been in the past, I’m really excited to see it become legalized and commercialized. Because pot today is very different than it was 15 years ago, and I hate to see so many missing out on the many merits of this natural solution for today’s most common ailments like overwhelm, anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, or the desire for more creativity, energy or joy.
Here’s the tricky part though: in order to have a positive pot experience, it’s important to consume the right strain, in the right dosage, via the the right method for the right setting. And of course, with all the outdated or false information surrounding this beautiful plant, the hardest part is knowing what those “right” elements are for your needs.
Launched in 2016 out of Humboldt county, California, hmbldt has created a beautifully designed line of cannabis vaporizer pens intended to offer users a consistent experience without accidentally getting too high.
With 6 specialized formulas made from pure organic and bio-dynamically farmed cannabis oil and packaged in a sleek white tube, it’s the perfect entry product for those looking to see if cannabis could work for them.
Looking for help falling asleep? Try the Sleep formula. Want to relax? Calm is your answer. Can’t get rid of a headache? The Relief formula could help. And if you’re just looking for a bit of uplift to make an evening or adventure more fun, Bliss is the one to try.
For those new to cannabis, it doesn’t get simpler than this. Except it does– the coolest part of these pens is that they vibrate after you’ve inhaled what they consider a dose (2.25mg, with a recommended two doses per hour). For me, one dose of Bliss feels like half a glass of wine. Three doses, a stiff drink.
Another unique quality of these pens has to do with two main compounds found in cannabis resin- THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). You may have heard of THC before- it’s the component responsible for psychoactive effects, or in simple terms, it’s what gets you high. CBD on the other hand, lacks the cognitive side-effects of THC and essentially exists to balance them out. However, having a very similar molecular makeup, CBD offers many of the same benefits of THC, only it leaves you completely clear headed. (It’s for this reason that CBD-forward strains are more often used for medicinal purposes, and you may notice CBD oil popping up in your favorite wellness brand’s products.)
Hmbldt’s science-forward approach uses different ratios of these compounds to offer varied formulas more apt to give you that fun high (bliss) or simply mellow out without getting you high at all (calm). And if you forget which is which, all the info is clearly labeled on on the box, offering unprecedented transparency in the cannabis product world.
If you can’t tell by now, I just love these pens. Always drawn to essentials, hmbldt is a clear winner in my book for keeping things simple and offering users the magic of cannabis as it was meant to be enjoyed. And funny enough, while it’s been said that pot is the gateway drug, for the first time I actually agree- only now, it’s not as a bridge to more dangerous drugs, but instead a path back from synthetic to natural medicine.
Reviews of each formula below for help choosing which might be right for you:
This is the pen I try first, when I have a migraine that will not go away. I wasn’t sure how it could actually take away the pain- would it work like aspirin? I take 2 doses and am pleasantly surprised to find it serves more as a distraction tool than anything else. The pain is still there, but rather than fixating on it, my mind is able to wander to other thoughts, and I’m grateful to escape from headache hell.
This is the formula that’s most like the Jack Herrer strain of cannabis oil we regularly vape. I take 1 dose and feel bright, interactive and chatty, while still being able to think sharply and get things done effectively. Likely a Sativa blend (brain high) I’d say this is good for social settings- it shouldn’t make you feel paranoid or too in your head, however it also has the highest THC levels which means it will get you higher than the other formulas.
It’s been a stressful day. I take 2 doses and don’t feel high, but I feel a warmth spread through my body as though someone has laid a heavy blanket over me, or perhaps a lead apron at the dentist. My body feels heavier. My breathing and heart rate slows. I’m able to separate from the stress of the day while remaining present, focused, clear headed and calm.
I also try this pen at 5am after waking up at 3 and not being able to fall back asleep. Typically I wouldn’t smoke at this time of day because I don’t want to feel stoned in the morning, but this pen does the trick- not only did it unwind my racing mind enough to fall back to sleep, but I woke up feeling refreshed.
*This is the pen I expect to like the least, but love the most.
As someone who has major trouble falling and staying asleep, I have high (ha) expectations for this formula. While it doesn’t knock me out, 3 doses has me feeling very introspective and in my head- likely an indica blend (body high). This means it’s not the ideal formula for trying to follow a movie plot or having a conversation, but perfect for when you’re alone and wanting to drift away.