From Breathable Cannabis To Bath Bombs; How Getting High Is Evolving
by Rudy Sanchez on 04/20/2020 | 5 Minute Read
Whatever version of 420’s origin story one considers to be canon, the number has become synonymous with cannabis culture, even in time and date form. Every April 20th, enthusiasts have used the date as an unofficial holiday to all things weed. But what does celebrating 420 look like in the age of legal weed? Whereas past iterations might have been little more than a glorified smoke session, house party, or concert, this year held the promise of a whole month of 420, a once-in-a-lifetime event poised to be a month-long rager of a very Stoner Christmas.
Then COVID-19 came along to harsh everyone’s mellow.
Of course, there are still reasons to celebrate, like the continuing relaxed attitudes and legalization of cannabis. But years of both legalized medical and recreational marijuana has led to a bevy of new ways to consume cannabis. Sure, everyone is still rolling joints and gobbling up edibles; that's never going away. However, now that we have a few states that have come to their senses, the delivery systems we use for cannabis are evolving. Simply getting high can seem so blasé, especially since many brands have created products tailored to specific experiences as well as different consumption methods.
Even the design of these products continues to unfold, taking cues from the world wellness, supplements, and medical, becoming as distinct as the very feeling consumers now chase. So, maybe this is the 420 where you put down the rolling papers or your trusty bong and try out some of the new ways to get high?
Sula is breathable cannabis processed into a fine powder and dispersed in a custom-designed inhaler. The product, developed by Dispersa Labs along with branding by Pentagram, is a vapor and smoke-free inhalable with a visual identity that plays on the aura-like visuals common to cannabis highs while purposefully avoiding the visual tropes we typically associate with getting stoned.
Pentagram’s branding strategy positions Sula as both approachable to seasoned cannabis consumers as well as new ones that are seeking the restorative and wellness-enhancing properties of the plant. Sula’s breathable cannabis almost mirrors that of a pharmaceutical product, creating a framework that takes the brand out of kitschy stoner territory into the realm of self-care.
You can mitigate the stress of being cooped up indoors with cannabis’s calming properties, but with the kids around, sparking up a doobie might not be the best way to go about it. Symphony bath bombs from Coda Signature come packaged in a soothing, botanical-themed box and contain a mix of scents. They also have 15mg of THC and CBD, and the collection includes three varieties—Calm, Balance, and Uplift.
For those still nostalgic for the simpler times before the Coronavirus, when they were younger, and their only concern was not having a smoking implement around. Summerland, makers of beautiful smoking devices, now has a pipe that might just fit the bill. Fruit Fantasy is an apple-shaped ceramic pipe that’s both nostalgic and artfully discrete. What's more, Summerland is making exquisite, elegant smokeware, which is nothing new as there are plenty of premium pipes and bongs on the market, but the product design is becoming more and more artistic.
It’s probably not a good idea to eat the apple post-smoke, however.
Cannabis remains a complicated plant, and different strains and consumption methods can affect the mind and body in numerous ways, even on the same person. For those with extra coronavirus time on their hand that likes to optimize or document their cannabis adventures, Goldleaf’s journals come designed for patients tracking therapeutic effects, recreational users documenting their experiences, and cooks experimenting with infused-recipes.
THC concentrates have also grown in popularity. Dabbing, while packing a quick and potent punch unattainable via traditional smoking of flower, is not without its drawbacks, including the need for complicated dab rigs, which aren’t exactly portable. Puffco’s Peak smart rig is a compact way to consume concentrates that sports a slick design. The kit’s conical, mixed material design takes the science experiment and aggressively bong-look out of the usual product tropes, giving you a streamlined, beautiful rig that looks like it came straight out of Cupertino.
You don't need to ingest cannabis orally or topically either, and several suppositories already exist on the market. Foria, for example, makes THC and CBD vaginal suppositories that aid in relieving menstrual symptoms. Mello Bottoms also makes a broad-spectrum suppository designed to go into a different cavity, and one more commonly associated with the trafficking of actual drugs. Administering cannabinoids in this manner is novel, but by doing so, the compounds get absorbed quickly, targeted to specific areas, and promising a faster onset with a more targeted application.
Smoking cannabis, taking a chance on edibles or sucking in vaporized oils isn’t for everyone, and this 4/20 is a chance to try out a different way of consumption, especially since this year communal joints, blunts, and pipes are ill-advised at best.
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