Big things come in small packages.
Did you hear the news? The company formerly known as hmbldt has turned the wheel and bought some vowels. Now known as doset, the brand declared by TIME as one of the “Top 25 Inventions of 2016” has a new line of pens that reduce the size of the original but retain the precise formula upon which they have deployed their (new) name. The jury is still out on capital letters.
Now all six formulas are available in smaller 50-puff pens that arrive in a child-resistant cardboard packaging that discards the plastic thermometer case that comes with the larger models. Besides being a waste of material, it’s great to see the new doset 50 pens take away something superfluous. Whichever formula you prefer, these perfectly sized companions don’t give off odor and can travel safely with you without fear of marijuana stench lines coming out of your jeans.
As for why buy a dose of 50 and only get a quarter of the usage – there are several answers I’ve come up with. One is simple: Rare are the cannabis technology and accessories that work in the long run as advertised. There are some exceptions, but mostly with vape pens there seems to be a consistent element of diminishing returns. While heavy users can go through a full size dosing pen in a matter of weeks or even days, mine should function for at least several monthss. Towards the end of my 200 puffs—or not, I certainly wasn’t counting—it seemed like the pen wasn’t working very well. So it makes sense to have a cheaper option meant to last for a shorter period of time, especially given doset’s policy of encouraging users to recycle used units at their local pharmacy.
The second element in the game is the convenience of a smaller size. I’ve never found the original doset pen cumbersome, but the size of the new doset 50 is ideal for on-the-go use. It’s unobtrusive and the rounded design means you don’t have the girth of a vape pen against your leg. While a smaller size equates to “easier to lose” of course, these main-line little siblings are simply ideal for those who may want to pack something for a weekend camping trip or field trip where outlets are small stock.
With six fairly different formulas to choose from, one user’s favorite may be another’s least desirable option. Here’s my take on how they stack up.
bliss (9:1 THC ratio)
With the second highest amount of THC of any formula, “bliss” is a very traditional, happy high. A full draw (precisely measured and cut with subtle vibration at the nib) will get you well on your way. The uplifting terpenes in the formula are definitely noticeable – this is a great pen to pass around with friends and go crazy. Rating: 4/5
sleep (8:1 THC ratio)
Using cannabis to sleep has never really helped me – I find that the thoughts it provokes usually wakes me up and distracts me from the task at hand. Unfortunately, doset’s “sleep” pen didn’t offer any new solutions, but it did make me feel calm and relaxed. If you are someone who likes to dose before bed, this might just be a great product to try. For my money I think it can also combine well with yoga or meditation. Rating: 3/5
calm (10:1 CBD ratio)
“rest” has everything to do with the CBD. The formula is also based on myrcene and limonene, tertiary cannabinoids that many have turned to for their calming properties. This pen will do, although you won’t get much of a traditional high with a 10:1 CBD to THC ratio. For some people—myself included—that’s not a problem, but it’s worth noting that this pen has far more value as an anxiety-reducing tool than a party favor.
relief (2:1 THC ratio)
The 2:1 THC to CBD ratio is becoming quite popular with consumers and patients alike, and the “relief” pen capitalizes on this winning recipe. I would say that this formula is also an option for bedtimee or as a treatment after exercise. The “relief” pen is great for treating minor aches and pains while providing a subtle high. It is arguably the crown jewel of the doset collection. Rating: 5/5
passion (11:1 THC ratio)
The idea of a formula designed to boost sensuality and enhance sexual experiences is very appealing, but I’m not convinced that “passion” lives up to its promise. First off, the pen with the highest percentage of THC, a full puff of “passion” made me way too stoned to be really intimate. I think you could scale back and stop before the full dose is delivered, but for a product specifically designed to deliver a precise amount, I can’t believe how the people at the dosing thought this was the right ratio would be for the bedroom. Alternatively, those with a high tolerance may find that “passion” hits the mark, and despite the branding, you won’t be left in an awkward call-a-doctor-if-it-takes-more-than-four-hour scenario .
awaken (10:1 THC ratio)
So what’s the difference between “passion” and “exciting”? Not much, except that here the limonene has been replaced by a terpene mixture of linalool, farnesene and nerolidol. I do find that cannabis has the potential to get me excited and irritated, and it’s much more desirable to use it as a way to get in the mood rather than as a way to enhance the moment itself. I’d still say it wouldn’t hurt to lower the THC percentage a bit, but the concept of “exciting” is much more practical and potentially fun. Rating: 4/5