The sad truth is that in 2019, it’s hard to defend something disposable. It’s an unfortunate caveat to make, especially when you consider the cannabis industry’s ability to define itself as eco-friendly and sustainable from the outset. It’s also only fair to note that if Besito didn’t exist, another disposable vape company would be happy to come to life in its place. This does not give anyone a license to ignore their duties to the planet, but the time to question the necessity of disposables at the macro level is a much bigger conversation.
The message behind Besito is to keep it light.
All three flavors – Grapefruit, Mint and Blackberry – use a 2:1 THC to CBD formula from California grown hybrid cannabis. Despite the fact that “microdosing” now feels more like a wellness hashtag than an actual means of enjoying the medicinal benefits of cannabis, Besito’s line of pens is actually made up of microdoses of oil. You can hit a pen as many times as they want, but if you stick to moderate doses (as opposed to lung capacity monster hits), you won’t get very high. It’s easy to see why some might prefer less powerful effects, but I’m not convinced that vaporizer pens will ever be their mode of choice.
Given how many other ways there are to ingest small amounts of cannabis – edibles, tinctures, balms, supplements – I think I just don’t see what vaporizers fit in.
For me, vaporizers have always provided a quick and economical method of ingesting a potent product. Those are the features I look for in a vaporizer. To use a somewhat crude analogy, low-dose vaporizer pens are similar to beer bongs filled with Evian. If you want to drink Evian, go for it, but is that really the most practical way to do it?
One thing I can safely say would be a necessity if I were to opt for a vaporizer approach to microdosing: a pocket-friendly design. When I go to buy the utility of a portable vape pen, I expect it to be slim and discreet. The Besito pen has another concern in mind with its hexagonal design, which is meant to ensure that the device never rolls off the table (the ironic context is that when we get high, we tend to lose things) .
Would it be impossible to walk around with a Besito in your Levi’s? No, but it sticks out so that the PAX Era and most elongated generic evaporator batteries don’t. It may honestly come down to how bulky you can tolerate your pockets, but for a disposable pen to take up so much space and provide nothing more than a cute failsafe for minor clumsiness or short-term memory loss is a bit disappointing. For that extra real estate, you’d hope for longer battery life or a ton of oil, but neither seems to be the case.
What does rise to the challenge is the oil itself.
As mentioned, the Besito line currently includes three formulas (named after the primary flavor of each pen). Grapefruit is really tasty, another piece of evidence to support my theory that citrus translates incredibly well into concentrates. With 41.5 percent THC, you could expect a pretty heavy high, but as advertised, the sensations here are definitely on the lighter side. I felt a little tired and a little giggling, but I wanted another dose almost as soon as I exhaled my first. Being hungry for seconds isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but in this case it’s also because each dose has a very short shelf life.
The mint option is basically the same when it comes to proportions (all three pens have nearly identical formulas), with about 40 percent THC to 20 percent CBD. The taste is pleasant and closer to spearmint than anything you would immediately (and possibly irrevocably) associate with toothpaste.
Berry flavor comes in third and can’t distinguish itself from the fructose-insulin shock of bargain candies. Why it is so difficult to properly translate the taste and sourness of berries, I have no idea, but I’m not sure if a cannabis product really succeeded.
If you are going to try a Besito, go for the grapefruit or mint. As long as you don’t need something strong I can imagine Besito pens would work as a “day out” accessory, but I’m still hesitant about their design. If it doesn’t bother you – and low potency fits the bill – Besito is a quality option.
Potency: Grapefruit — 41.51 percent THC, 18.58 percent CBD; mint — 41.11 percent THC, 20.46 percent CBD; berry — 40.59 percent THC, 20.06 percent CBD.
Taste: The grapefruit is delicious, and the mint is hearty too. The berry is too sweet and artificial.
Effect: Pleasant if unobtrusive. Heavy users can kill an entire pen in a day to achieve the desired results, making Besito best suited for novice consumers and those who often lose things.
Available at dispensaries in Bay Area. Read more at besito.la.