When Grenco Science, makers of G Pen, launched the original Dash dry herb vaporizer in 2020, the small but mighty device became an instant bestseller for newcomers to the cannabis scene. Never one to sit still, the company has followed up with the recently released Dash+, a new and improved iteration of its predecessor that’s enhanced with a level of technology far beyond its price point.
With a focus on form and function, the Dash+ is a top-tier choice for cannabis lovers seeking a stylish vape that they can count on for smooth, flavorful and powerful hits.
“At the heart of our mission is a relentless pursuit of excellence,” says Grenco Science founder and CEO Christopher Folkerts. “With Dash+, we have harnessed the power of our iconic Dash design and combined it with the groundbreaking features of our flagship Elite II, creating a truly remarkable cannabis vaporizer. This device showcases the perfect harmony of conduction and convection heating, ensuring unparalleled flavor and vapor production from your favorite dry herb.”
Here are five reasons why the Dash+ should be your next purchase if you’re looking for a sleek and sophisticated high-performance flower vape.
Let’s start with the first impressions. G Pen products are arguably some of the most covetable devices on the market—and the Dash+ is no exception. It stays true to that sleek aesthetic synonymous with G Pen products. As I took the Dash+ out of the box, I immediately noticed how nice it felt in my hand— a smooth surface clearly designed with ergonomics in mind. The device felt suitably weighty, and the size seems reassuringly ample for a personal dry herb vape.
As a G Pen product, we already know that the Dash+ features intelligent design and cutting-edge features. The compact, lightweight and durable device has a Zinc-Alloy body that combines portability with sturdiness, making it an ideal companion for busy, on-the-go consumers.
Adding a magnetic mouthpiece to the Dash+ was an excellent decision, as it seals the chamber closed to enhance the experience. Inside, the Titanium heating chamber is the heart of this vaporizer, delivering rapid and efficient heating for a consistently satisfying vaping session, while a spiral ceramic air path ensures a smoother and purer vapor delivery.
One of the most impressive things about the new Dash+ is a full-color LCD display that provides real-time temperature and session information, keeping you informed and in control. Whether enjoying a quick hit or an extended sesh, the Dash+ offers session mode and automatic shut-off features for added convenience. Plus, it’s all about user experience with haptic feedback, ensuring you’re always in sync with your device.
To access the settings menu, click the power button five times. You can alter your session timer, toggle between Fahrenheit and Celsius, edit the haptic feedback settings and adjust brightness.
There’s nothing more frustrating than being caught out with a flat battery. G Pen knows this too, so they’ve added a battery icon in the top-right corner of the device’s screen, which clearly indicates its remaining battery life. When fully charged, the 1800mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery can sustain up to 40 minutes of heating time and uses a USB-C charging cable.
The Dash+ vape has been designed with precision and performance in mind. It offers a broad temperature range from 320F to 420F, which allows users to fine-tune their vaping experience according to their own individual preferences. The lower the temperature, the more terps you’ll taste; the higher the temperature, the more vapor clouds. In the name of science, experiment with a few different temperature settings to find your sweet spot.
Another cool feature is the countdown timer. Once the vape reaches the set temperature, a three-minute countdown begins, visible in the LCD screen’s top left-hand corner.
The Dash+ features a powerful hybrid heating system of conduction and convection, which ensures an even, efficient heating process and delivers a potent one-two hit of flavor and vapor production. A spiral ceramic air path and a titanium heating chamber work together to unlock the full potential of your favorite herb and provide an unmatched experience.
Easy to Use
I found the Dash+ simple to use, and the instructions were easy to follow in the supplied manual. G Pen has even conveniently added a QR code to the inside of the device’s box, which takes you straight to the Grenco website, where the same instructions can be found. The usability breaks down like this:
Remove the magnetic mouthpiece, load the chamber with ground flower and reconnect the mouthpiece
Power on the Dash+ by pressing the button for four seconds
Select your preferred temperature using the (+) and (-) buttons.
Double-click the device to start heating up. When it reaches your preferred temperature, the Dash+ will indicate it’s ready by gently vibrating.
Puff, puff, enjoy. To power off the Dash+, simply hold down the main button for two seconds. When it’s time to reuse, the handy supplied tool effectively empties the chamber, ready for your next round.
The Dash+ is the epitome of modern vaping technology, offering a customizable, user-friendly experience that delivers both style and substance. Overall, the device is one of the best—if not the best—personal dry herb vape I’ve tried. Do yourself a solid and pick one up.
If you’re on a quest for the perfect way to enjoy your favorite herb, we’ve got some exciting news for you. Grenco Science, the brilliant minds behind the renowned G Pen series, are about to take your cannabis experience to new heights with their latest masterpiece—the G Pen Dash+. This upgraded dry herb vaporizer is here to revolutionize the way you savor your strains. With hybrid heating technology, precise temperature control, and a sleek design, the Dash+ offers unparalleled flavor, convenience, and customization. So, sit back, relax, and let’s dive into why dry herb vaporizers, particularly the G Pen Dash+, should be your top choice.
A Brief History of Cannabis Vaporizers: The history of the cannabis vaporizer is a long and storied one. The concept of vaporizing cannabis can be traced back to ancient times, when historical texts reveal the use of hot stones and herbs to create aromatic vapors. However, the modern vaporizer as we know it today emerged in the early 2000s. The pioneering devices utilized conduction heating, where the herb came into direct contact with a heating element, often resulting in uneven vaporization.
As technology advanced, convection heating entered the scene. This method involved passing hot air through the herb, vaporizing the cannabinoids and terpenes without direct contact. Convection heating provided a more efficient and consistent vaporization experience, setting the stage for further innovations. This is similar to the way that cooking technology has changed over time, moving from primitive methods such as open flame to a more modern, efficient method such as convection heating.
The Rise of the G Pen Dash+: Grenco Science, renowned for their commitment to excellence, has consistently raised the bar in the vaporizer market. Their G Pen Dash+ is a prime example of their dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation. Let’s explore the features that position the Dash+ as the industry leader:
The Flavor Explosion: The G Pen Dash+ incorporates a hybrid heating system, combining the best of both worlds—conduction and convection – at an affordable price-point. By utilizing a spiral ceramic air path and a titanium heating chamber, the Dash+ delivers exceptional flavor and vapor production. This advanced heating method ensures that the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes is extracted from your dry herbs, providing an unparalleled experience.
A Customizable Experience: With precise temperature control and a full-color LCD display, the G Pen Dash+ empowers users to personalize their vaping experience. The temperature range of 320°F to 420°F (160°C to 216°C) allows for precise control, catering to individual preferences. Whether you prefer subtle, flavorful hits or denser vapor clouds, the Dash+ has the flexibility to deliver what you desire.
Enhanced Features: Grenco Science has taken user convenience to new heights with the Dash+. An improved magnetic mouthpiece ensures easy loading and maintenance, while USB-C charging offers fast and reliable power replenishment. Additional features like adjustable session timer, automatic shut-off, and haptic feedback make the Dash+ a user-friendly and intuitive device.
Crafted for Portability and Durability: The Dash+ combines style, portability, and durability. Constructed with a compact, lightweight Zinc-Alloy body, it is designed for those on the go. The 1800mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery ensures extended vaping sessions, allowing you to savor your favorite strains without interruption. The inclusion of a keychain tool for loading and packing your device and a USB-C charging cable further enhances the convenience of this device.
As we reflect on the evolution of cannabis vaporizers, it’s evident that Grenco Science’s G Pen Dash+ is a game-changer. With its hybrid heating technology, precise temperature control, and host of user-friendly features, the Dash+ is set to become the industry leader. Cannabis enthusiasts can experience the next level of vaping pleasure now at GPen.com.
I’ve smoked cannabis for over twenty years now, and I’ve never really been about torching dabs. Spoiler alert: not a big rig guy. It’s just such a pain sometimes to clean and maintain. Your torch runs out mid-dab, a banger shatters because you let the new guy do it himself, all the sticky dab tools and isopropyl alcohol—it’s a lot. Or maybe I’m just high maintenance and prefer the alternatives.
Conversely, I’ve been someone who’s enjoyed vaporizer devices since my first chalked up balloon almost two decades ago. In my professional experience, I’ve tried almost everything on the market at this point. And if the G Pen Hyer is anything like their other Roam and Micro+ models (both of which I own), it gave me all the confidence in the world that this vaporizer would be just as fun and effortless to use.
As you might imagine, burning your finger with a flaming torch or scolding yourself on hot glass is something you probably aren’t fond of. Burnt bowl pieces and bangers are usually par for the course for any avid smoker. You know who you are. Finding that perfect temperature each time for every type of cannabis extract is an art that most everyday smokers may never master. Then came along the G Pen Hyer. No more burnt coils from overuse. No more piping red hot glass. I’m talking about full flavor and maximum power. On its highest setting the Hyer hits like a true glass dab rig—like a truck. On its lowest setting you get a full entourage effect of flavorful terpenes and psychoactive cannabinoids. It truly is one of the best crossover electronic devices for cannabis that I have ever experienced. It’s like the Keurig for concentrates.
The G Pen Hyer is a dual-use, smart-heating, portable e-rig that you can use with any concentrate, and even flower. It’s designed to pair with any glass-on-glass water piece and includes a big quartz chamber heating element slide piece that’s tethered magnetically to a diesel-looking battery, boasting an LED color-coded user interface with five temperature and timer settings to optimize each individual experience. The temperature range for the concentrate tank starts low at 482 degrees and rises up gradually in increments of 90 degrees, all the way up to 842 degrees. The dry herb tank’s temperature settings start much lower at 356 degrees and increase slowly at 18 degree increments up to its hottest setting at 428 degrees. So, I figured the best way to review this product would be to try out both concentrates and flower at each of the five temperature settings to see how the incremental increases affected the cannabis itself. I did this for over a week to get a true feel for the device and to understand how each different cannabis product tasted and burned.
One thing I found was that the power on this rig was really legit. It boasts a powerful 6,000mAh lithium-ion battery with rapid, pass-through charging via USB-C: meaning this thing pumps energy and charges fast. I gave it a full charge when it arrived and have used the Hyer at least 3 times a day for a week, mostly on lower temperatures mind you. Even as I write this review, I still haven’t had to charge it again. Another cool feature is the quartz tank itself which is quite large and has plenty of room for over a half gram. The concentrate cap, which is magnetically attached and made of anodized aluminum with a ceramic liner, has dual airflow holes for smooth functionality. It includes a stainless steel wax tool that can be screwed into the top or side of the tank cap for easy placement and accessibility. The Hyer gets bonus points for that little feature.
Some of my findings I couldn’t be more thrilled to share. I had a lot of skeptical friends, many of which in the cannabis industry who are hardcore dabbers, that couldn’t imagine not using a torch. The Hyer changed those mindsets. This is the first e-rig or vape device that I’ve gotten big clouds with and gives you a flavor profile that is second to none to other high-end vape devices. Choosing the right temperature and duration of your burn is what makes all the difference.
I found that for solventless rosin products and live resin extracts it was best to maintain the lowest setting (Blue) at 482 degrees for forty five seconds to ensure full flavor without burning off the delicate terpenes. A ‘low-temp’ dab, if you will, allows for these chemical compounds with lower combustion points to be fully absorbed into your lungs, not burnt off before you can benefit from them. At that range you’re getting the most medicinal properties from the plant, as well. When I bumped it up to 572 degrees (Aqua) and kept the same time setting, I found the live resin hit more powerfully with similar flavor, but the rosin lost some of its tasty punch. Cured shatter and badder tasted nicely at this setting too. Once I bumped the heat up to the Green (662) and Yellow (752) settings, I dropped the duration down to thirty seconds. This allowed for me to get a more concentrated, formidable hit without burning out the dab first. The Red setting is definitely where the OG dabbers want to be, as it’s surprisingly equal to any high end glass and torch. I recommend at least a quarter gram or more, as this setting will definitely burn your concentrate fast. You may want to drop it down to fifteen seconds to better control the heat.
Another cool feature is that G Pen offers a dry herb tank attachment that can be used to vaporize flower. This can be easily screwed into the slide piece to replace your concentrate tank. This tank starts at a lower temperature, so I found that ramping it all the way up to the Yellow and Red setting was best for burning flower. It needs to be ground up finely and packed loose, otherwise the top has a hard time burning through. The flavor is that of most electronic flower vaporizers, but I could definitely taste the difference when bouncing from different genetics. For me though, it was hard to compare once I’d tried the concentrate tank. That was the game changer. The Hyer makes me a believer that tech can compete with glass now. It made me remember how much I love the smell and taste of extracts oozing and bubbling throughout the house too. I’ve been smoking more concentrate now than I have in months!
The G Hyer is one the most innovative and rad products on the cannabis device market right now. It gives you the best of both worlds of glass and cannabis technology. It’s simple to use, easy to clean, has a long-lasting battery, delivers elite flavor, and packs a punch that dab purists can appreciate. At $249.95 the Hyer is a bargain when you compare it to the competition. This little baby is my new living room centerpiece now and she won’t be going anywhere for a long, long time.
Are you one of those stoners that keeps their dab rig in the center console? We know your type – work, gym, beach, family function, kid’s birthday party, doesn’t matter. You’re dabbing in your car while everyone wonders where Uncle Matt went. Exhilarating and necessary as car dabs may be, they’re a huge pain in the ass. From finding a power source for your e-nail, to the dangers of using a torch in an enclosed space (please don’t ever do this); on-the-go glass use has historically been reserved for the bravest and most heady of connoisseurs.
G Pen changed the narrative in 2019 with the launch of their flagship Connect, the first portable and self-contained concentrate vaporization product on the market at the time. With the launch of Hyer two weeks ago, G Pen takes their classic proprietary technology one step further with a dual-use, battery-operated vaporizer that works for dabbing and dry herb vaping (tank sold separately). Besting its predecessor—the original G Pen Connect—Hyer boasts a 6,000 mAh lithium ion battery versus Connect’s 850 mAh, in addition to the available dry herb tank attachment. Hyer’s sleek appearance and easy-to-use interface offers safe, consistent heat at five different temperatures and time settings and more than enough muscle to produce thick, billowing clouds.
The Hyer Experience
My coworker comes over to aid in the Hyer review process and we chit-chat about work for approximately 26 seconds before he busts out a thick, stout piece of purple-rimmed glass and some freshly acquired Cookies and Cream hash rosin by Kache, a Dank Czar brand. I unzip Hyer’s aesthetic AF hemp storage case and pull out the direction card. It’s easy enough to follow: select temperature, select time, and press start. With only three buttons and five small LEDs to denote selections on the 2”x4” battery pack, it’s pretty hard to mess up. I slip the 14mm male glass adapter into the joint, remove the magnetic, ceramic-lined cap and load the goods into the quartz tank with the included stainless steel tool. The temperature is set to turquoise at 572 degrees Fahrenheit (each of the five different temperature settings correspond to a color on the LED display). I press the start button twice, and wait 15 seconds for the beep telling me my dab is ready.
I blissfully inhale the thick, milky cloud of vapor blossoming in the glass chamber and keep inhaling, again and again, until my 45 second timer expires and the half gram of hash rosin is all but cashed. The last hit tastes as good as the first.
I sit back for a few minutes, eyes half shut, and switch out the concentrate tank for the ceramic-lined dry herb tank. I bump up the temperature to the yellow setting of 410 degrees F, and wait 25 seconds for the beep. Clean, light, and herbaceous, the taste was spot on, but not as intense as I would’ve hoped for. I can’t say with certainty I’d spend the extra $50 on this attachment. It does the job, but dabbing is truly where Hyer shines.
Hyer is stoner convenience at its finest, with many pros and few, if any, cons. The first thing you’ll notice about the pieces is their weight. The housings are constructed from anodized aluminum and the battery pack, quartz tank, even ceramic-lined concentrate cap all feel substantial in the hand. The cord is a thick braided cable with large magnetic ports which easily snap in with a satisfying, weighty clack. It’s somewhat akin to closing the door on a Mercedes, you feel like it’s made to last. I can’t comment on the actual longevity or durability, however, G Pen offers a two-year limited warranty for defective units with product registration should things go south.
Hyer’s greatest strength lies in the robust battery. Offering approximately 25 sessions on a single charge, this beast has the juice to generate the thick, flavorful puffs we crave while accurately controlling the temperature so those terpenes can shine. It takes a standard (and included) USB-C charger, like the one for your MacBook, and can fully charge in about two hours.
There are five heat settings for concentrates, ranging from 482 to 842 degrees F; and the dry herb tank, ranging from 356 to 428 degrees F. My one issue with the concentrate temperature settings is that I wish there was a setting between 482 and 572 degrees—that’s a big jump and my sweet spot is typically right around 500. I wouldn’t recommend the highest concentrate setting for consumption, but I did use it to burn off the leftover residue. Clean up is a breeze, just make sure you have Q-tips on hand like you would for a typical banger and wait 2-3 minutes before swabbing.
A quirky detail I love? The concentrate cap has two tiny holes the dab tool can screw into, creating a little handle either on the side or top of the cap. Overall, Hyer is a great addition to any dabbers arsenal. The power combined with portability make for a winning product and it looks good, too. Even if you don’t feel the need to dab on a hike or parked in your grandma’s driveway on Christmas, dabbing doesn’t get any easier than this.
The pen. The cart. The pod. No matter what you call it, over the last 10 years, the weed vape has drastically altered the landscape of how we view cannabis—and where we can comfortably smoke it. From a Gen Z perspective, though, the weed pen is more than a notable addition to the game: it is the game.
Vaporizing cannabis and cannabis extracts isn’t a new concept—it’s been around for centuries. Still, this article isn’t about the Shake and Vape (developed in 1993), or even the Volcano (available in the U.S. in 2003). This is about the modern, lithium-ion-battery-powered-pocket-sized vape. It’s about how far we’ve come from G Pens to distillate carts to Fortnite Carts to top-tier rosin pods, and how far we still have to go.
The Gen Z Experience
I was in high school when cannabis vapes were first starting to become popular and widely accessible. At first, it wasn’t your (now standard) distillate + terpene combination in a cartridge, it was the G Pen. For those of you not familiar with this device, you had to load your own concentrates into an atomizer and carefully heat the pen to your desired rip level. It was remarkable, but admittedly crude by today’s standards. Still, we could show up early to school, rip the G Pen in the parking lot, and nobody would ever know. It’s a feeling that I imagine my high school predecessors could only experience by smoking actual flower, running the risk of smelling in class. I think that was more exciting.
Excitement in that sense comes from risk, which a lot of people argue is a catalyst to either a perfect high or a paranoid one. The risk of smoking weed and the effects of smoking weed were starting to become exclusive from one another for the first time. You didn’t have to worry about smell or surrounding yourself with thick smoke. And as the 2010s passed their midway point, the G Pen started to phase out in favor of a new 510-thread cartridge, which has now largely dominated the weed pen industry since its inception.
These 510-thread cartridges are straightforward to produce and to smoke. Distillate and outside terpenes are mixed together, poured into a cartridge, and bam, you have weed that tastes like Blue Raspberry. Again, for a high school-aged kid, this was inexplicably convenient across the board.
After all, for someone who had to hide their consumption from their parents, teachers, and even some of their less progressive-minded classmates, what better than a small stick that hardly smelled like weed?
That’s something prior generations of youth had never before experienced: a way to smoke weed at school without a single person knowing. We went from ripping the G Pen in the parking lot to ripping a cartridge under our shirts in the back of class—to designating specific bathrooms for pen-hotbox purposes only. Our campus was locked in, meaning you couldn’t leave for lunch or any reason, even to go to your car. But we didn’t need to. Thanks to myself and a few other soldiers around campus, everyone had one.
Pretty soon, though, people with more fucked up intentions than mine realized what a strong hold vapes had on my generation in particular. The most absurd, cheaply produced cartridges started popping up everywhere from 2017-2019. And whether you were smoking a Mario Cart, Dank Vape, Exotic Cart, Monopoly Cart, Cartnite, Cereal Cart or whatever the fuck (kinda feel like I tapped into the major ones), you really had no clue what was inside it and most people didn’t care. It was cheap. It was easy. It had fun colors and funny graphics. All flavored with non-cannabis terpenes and filled with who fucking knows what.
That’s another thing about my generation, though. Snapchat plugs rapidly expanded with the rise of these mass-produced fakes. With a few taps and hardly any research around your school, any kid could find a bullshit cart to smoke. And like I’ve been saying, nobody would ever find out. That was the beauty of it.
Then the Vitamin E acetate cases stepped in.
Kids my age ended up in the hospital from smoking THC cartridges cut with Vitamin E acetate, a thinning agent. According to the CDC, these cases “sharply increas[ed]” in August 2019 and peaked the next month. None of these cases were tied to licensed companies, but it was clear that the convenience of production and purchase had caught up to Gen Z kids who had mostly just begun to experience weed for the first time.
Distillate cartridges as a whole are really to blame. They’re some of the cheapest, most poorly produced, low-quality smoke out. Sure, they’ve helped make cannabis a more widely-appreciated experience than ever, but it’s coming at a cost. Live resin cartridges have been a step in the right direction, but even those leave trace solvents behind.
Where TF Do We Go From Here?
We’re trending onwards and upwards, it seems. Live Rosin Pods have been the newest wave in cartridge technology, and they’re starting to become more affordable. They may not have a full grip on my generation yet, but solventless, additive-free options are the most effective, clean form of vape since the 510-thread cartridge entered the game.
This, of course, is only possible in legal states with the most progressive markets, like California and Colorado. The reality is, many Gen Z kids across the U.S. in illegal states are years behind, still smoking the same, scary bullshit. It’s a double-edged sword, though. Many will smoke garbage distillate cartridges and simply have a good time, helping reduce the stigma around enjoying cannabis as a whole.
But when will we start caring about what’s actually in our cartridges? When will the lure of fake flavors like Blue Raspberry or even added cannabis-derived terpenes be replaced by the taste of actual strains in their true form? Maybe never. Fake flavors in distillate cartridges are much more readily appealing to a new, Gen Z weed smoker than the taste of actual weed. Maybe it’s a journey with the plant, or in this case the device, that we have to all go through. Maybe everyone will end up at rosin pods—maybe everyone will stop vaping altogether one day. Knowing my generation, though, I highly doubt the latter is true.
From Snoop Dogg to Seth Rogen to Mike Tyson. One of the great things about being a celebrity is the ability to both back desirable products (for money, of course!), and start your own company. Sure, we’d all do it if we had the money, but since the majority of us will never be able to use multi-million-dollar paychecks to fund our projects of love, the best we can do is check out those who can. Cannabis is huge in popular culture, and used by the biggest stars out there. Let’s take a look at which celebrities have gotten into the field of starting cannabis companies.
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We all know him, we all love him. Well, maybe not Evander Holyfield. But the rest of us have become pretty endeared to the face-tattooed, heavy-weight boxing champion over the years. And what is this face-tattooed, heavy-weight boxing champion doing now? Setting up cannabis ranches. When California changed its laws, and opened the door for cannabis production, Mike Tyson didn’t waste any time, setting up Tyson’s Ranch in El Segundo, California.
He even started a podcast called ‘Hotboxin’ where he chats with other celebrities, smokes, and promotes his other cannabis-related ventures. His company works as more than just a cannabis-growing ranch, functioning as a licensing and branding company as well. The end goal is for an entire entertainment complex with hotels, stores, entertainment venues and so on to be built.
Tyson didn’t stop with the continental US though, he’s been planning on taking his operation to the island of Antigua, which opened the door for medical cannabis tourism in 2018. The country does not yet allow recreational cannabis (though its working on it), but it does now have lax policies that allow for investors like Mike Tyson to come in and start businesses there. When the story was originally reported in early 2020, Tyson had submit a proposal to set up a wellness center on the island along with a hotel. While initial requests were said to have gone through just fine, a full proposal was subsequently requested.
Most news on this venture came out last year when Tyson was initially looking into the paradise island location for his new wellness center. And it likely won’t be a story again until the doors of said center are ready to open.
When it comes to celebrities and cannabis companies, some names just make more sense. A name like Seth Rogen has become synonymous with marijuana, much like later entry Snoop Dogg. We’ve watched Seth Rogen light up in movies, from This is the End to Pineapple Express. And we’ve heard him talk extensively about it in tons of publications. Now, Seth Rogen is no longer simply a cannabis aficionado, he’s a cannabis entrepreneur as well.
It was reported earlier this year that Seth Rogen, along with business partner Evan Goldberg, would launch their cannabis brand in the US in March. The brand, cleverly named Houseplant, is a cannabis goods and accessories company that will sell the likes of ashtrays and lighters, as well as actual cannabis, which will only be shipped in the California area to start. This operation is almost all Hollywood-based, with business partner Evan Goldberg, and co-founders Alex McAtee and James Weaver, all associated with Rogen and Goldberg’s studio, Point Grey Pictures. The last co-founder Michael Mohr, who will be acting CEO, is the only one not entertainment related, instead coming in as a venture investor.
Part of the idea of Rogen’s new company, is to show the positive side of cannabis consumption. Said Mohr through an e-mail, “Our founders have a long history enjoying cannabis and believe it should be treated with the reverence it deserves… Through their film work, and the pride with which they speak about cannabis publicly, Seth and Evan have shown the world that not only does the potential exist to have a healthy relationship with cannabis, it is also very normal, and can have an amazingly positive impact on one’s life.”
This is not the first venture for the company, however. Houseplant initially started doing business in Canada in 2019. It joins the US market now as more states change tack, legalizing cannabis for recreational use, including New York State and New Mexico, which both passed legalization policies within 24 hours of each other in the past month.
I feel like it would be remiss to write an article on celebrities creating cannabis companies, without mentioning the grandfather in the world of celebrity cannabis. Good old Snoop Dogg. Some would say Snoop Dogg (aka Calvin Broadus) and cannabis go together like peanut butter & jelly, or Colombia and cocaine, it’s almost hard to imagine one without the other. And when it comes to celebrities entering the cannabis game, Snoop Dogg was one of the first – predictably – to throw his pipe in the ring.
After bringing us album after album filled with the most pot-friendly of lyrics, and outspokenly letting us know how he feels about the plant, Snoop Dogg was one of the first celebrities to get involved with cannabis companies. Back in 2015, Snoop Dogg announced the opening of a new company called Leafs by Snoop in conjunction with Canopy Growth Corporation, a cannabis company with products like flower concentrates and edibles which was geared, at the time, for sales in Colorado.
All flowers involved in Leafs by Snoop are handpicked by Snoop himself, and hand-weighed for accuracy. “It’s a true blessing that I can share the products I love so much with y’all today” said Snoop at the time, “From the flower, to the concentrates, and edibles – it’s all hand-picked by yours truly so you know it’s the hottest product out there. It’s the real deal and you gotta get out to Colorado to try it first!”
But that’s hardly the end of the story for Snoop Dogg and cannabis. In fact, it isn’t even the beginning of it. In 2013, Snoop Dogg partnered with Grenco Science to produce a line of vaporizers called the Snoop Dog G-Pen. In 2019, Snoop partnered with Israeli company Seedo as a brand ambassador for the company that promotes home growing. The deal was for Snoop to endorse the latest Seedo product, ‘Seedo Homelab’, a machine with AI technology that aids in growing cannabis plants. Mr. Dogg also co-founded a marijuana investment company called Casa Verde Capital which announced at the end of 2020 that a deal for $100 million in funding had been closed, according to paperwork filed with the SEC.
Snoop Dogg isn’t the only name synonymous with cannabis. Let’s not forget rock icon Willie Nelson, who was also one of the first celebrities to get involved with cannabis companies when he started Willie’s Reserve in 2016. Nelson opened his company with the idea of helping people by providing good products, as well as supporting smaller local businesses.
He kicked off the opening of his company with two concerts. Products were originally only available in Colorado, but since that time have started being sold in other locations. In 2018, it was reported that Tuatara Capital, the parent company of Willie’s Reserve, raised $12 million for the brand, which was used to expand the company into other locations, and which brings the total raised funds to $29.5 million.
Some interesting aspects of Nelson’s operation? Well, for starters, Nelson acts as the company’s chief testing officer (CTO), and while this might be a joke, it suffices to say that Nelson takes an active approach to the quality assurance of his products. In 2019, Nelson launched Willie’s Remedy and Willie’s Rescue in conjunction with GCH incorporated, a cannabis intellectual property company. While Willie’s Remedy focuses on hemp-based wellness products for people, Willie’s Rescue focuses on hemp-based products for pets.
Rappers and cannabis
Starting a cannabis company seems all the rage for top rappers of today. I already mentioned Snoop Dogg, but he’s not alone in this. Take Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) who started Monogram, which launched its first products in 2020. Monogram so far specializes in indoor grown craft cannabis strains, with the OG Handroll – a 1.5 gram joint – being its flagship product. Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp, an acquisition company, announced in 2020 it would acquire Monogram.
Then there’s Ice-Cube, or O’Shea Jackson, who announced in February 2021 the launch of the well-titled Fryday Kush, which was inspired – as it sounds – by his iconic film Friday. Ice Cube is launching the brand in conjunction with Caviar Gold, with products currently available in California, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Arizona.
What other rappers are becoming ganjapeneurs? Drake (Aubrey Graham) announced the launch of a branded marijuana products line through More Life Growth Company in conjunction with Canopy Growth Corp. According to the company, his product line is meant for “wellness, discovery and overall personal growth with the hope of facilitating connections and shared experiences across the globe.” And let’s certainly not forget Lil Wayne (Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.), who launched his own cannabis brand in 2019 called GKUA Ultra Premium. The line of high potency marijuana products is “designed to provide consumers with the best high of their lives.”
Dead celebrities have cannabis companies, and other people too
While Bob Marley might not be living anymore, his family has carried on his name through the cannabis company Marley Natural, which launched in 2014 with funding help from Privateer Holdings. Privateer Holdings signed a 30-year licensing deal with the Marley family. Bob Marley is not the only dead guy to have a line of products in his name.
The family of Jerry Garcia is also getting in on it. In late 2020, Garcia Hand Picked was launched in California, with marketing through Holistic Industries, a multi-state cannabis operator. Said Garcia’s daughter Trixie on the partnership: “We picked Holisitic Industries based on shared values, a proven track record of successful operations, scalability across multiple states and their ability to launch and market new brands; not to mention they have a senior leadership team full of Deadheads.”
There are way more celebrities who are involved in the cannabis industry, than can be mentioned here. But I’ll leave you with a few last entries. First up is Tommy Chong, another name in the cannabis world where the business created meets a generally held expectation. Chong reunited with Cheech Marin, his co-star in Up In Smoke, among other films, to produce a line of Cheech & Chong dispensaries in 2020 in legalized states across America. And then there’s our favorite kitchen maven Martha Stewart, who also released a line of CBD products in 2020 through Canopy Growth, the same company working with Seth Rogen, that bought out Jay-Z’s line, and which is doing business with half the entries on this list.
In 2019, yet another iconic rocker, Jimmy Buffet, entered the arena, partnering with Surterra Wellness, to create his Coral Reefer line. The tagline for the company is ’Good for the Body, Good for the Soul’, and focuses mainly on vapes thus far. In 2020, yet another musician got involved when Carlos Santana launched his own brand Mirayo by Santana, released through California’s Left Coast Ventures. The initial offerings of the line are pre-rolled joints and premium flowers.
Last, but certainly not least, and in an effort to show that it’s not just actors and musicians becoming cannabis entrepreneurs, we’ve got Calvin Johnson of Detroit Lions fame. The former wide receiver founded Michigan-based cannabis company Primitiv in 2019. It was even announced that year that Johnson, along with partner, and former teammate Rob Sims, had landed a partnership with Harvard University to specifically research cannabis for chronic and traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and for the general use of pain management.
If you’ll notice, the majority of celebrities that have started cannabis companies, have done so within just the last few years. This is a testament to how quickly the cannabis industry is growing, and how far-reaching it really is. The options for cannabis products are getting more and more varied, and this recent push from high profile names we already know and love, may even help to change legal policies.
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This year’s holiday season is undoubtedly looking different than ever before. More time at home means more time trying CBD and cannabis products. Decompress with some CBD or have fun testing out a new vaporizer. Now’s the time to stock up on your favorites, try something new, or send a gift to friends or family, thanks to these Cyber Monday steals.
1. G Pen // 45% OFF
G Pen is known for their light, yet durable and user-friendly, portable vaporizers. The G Pen Roam is intuitively designed to provide water-filtered concentrate vaporization on-the-go. The Roam tailors to each user’s flavor and heat preferences through a digital temperature control and LED display.
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Sleepybear Gummies are formulated with a special combination of CBN, CBD and melatonin to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. These gummy bears are certified THC-free and are made with quality hemp sourced from domestic farms.
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Cannabis Now readers will receive an additional 15% off already discounted items on Sunday, and 15% off regular priced items on Monday.
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These silicone smoking pipes by Eyce Molds are ideal for those with active lifestyles. Think athletes, busy professionals, college students and adventurers. They are rugged and durable and backed by a lifetime warranty. If it breaks, tears or burns, Eyce will replace it.
Eyce Mold’s latest product drop is the Eyce Spark, a glass LED glow rig encased in a durable, protective silicone sleeve. It features an LED light and battery in the base allowing the piece to become illuminated and light up the session. The silicone sleeve comes equipped with material storage in the base as well as tool holders along the outside allowing you to keep everything you need close.
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Add some fun to your culinary pursuits and curb your munchies with the Waffleye, the one-and-only cannabis-leaf waffle maker. Options go far beyond the classic waffle though. The cannabis leaf design is ideal for making munchie foods like pizza, grilled cheese and cinnamon rolls.
It heats up quickly for an easy meal, but also lends itself to more creative and elaborate meals. You can check out their website’s recipe page for a range of easy and more difficult cannabis recipes, as well as some health-conscious favorites.
The Waffleye retails at $54.20 and rarely goes on sale. Cannabis Now readers can purchase for 35% off on Cyber Monday only with promo code CYBER420.
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Farmers Armour specializes in technical farming and apparel gear so you can get your job done without having to worry about distractions from elements. The company is widely known for their protective farming sleeves and masks, but they recently introduced the Farm and Trim Apron.
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At a price point of $27.99, the apron is already priced low, but you can receive an additional 25% off on Cyber Monday. No promo code needed.
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Storz and Bickel is offering a sitewide 20% off sale through Cyber Monday for an entire Black Weekend Sale. They are most famously known for their legendary volcano vaporizers, but they also transformed the market for handheld vaporizers with their portable dry herb vaporizers.
The Mighty is a pocket-sized session vaporizer that uses patented heating technology that combines convection and conduction. The conduction heating ensures that the filling chamber and the herbs are preheated, while the convection heating ensures an even and efficient vaporization. The result? Rich vapor clouds from the very first draw.
Retail Price: $349
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In celebration of the holiday season all products are 50% off through December 6, 2020.
While 2020 has presented numerous challenges for companies across the globe, the year has been one of innovation and production for Grenco Science. Heralded throughout the cannabis industry for their cutting-edge vape technology in their G Pen iterations, the company has impressed again with their latest offering: The G Pen Dash.
Hot off the heels of the G Pen Roam, Grenco’s latest portable concentrate vape released earlier this year, the G Pen Dash is a return to classic, dry herb vaporizing but with cutting edge technology.
A Small But Mighty Vaporizer
The Dash is aptly named, as it’s the perfect size for on-the-go vaporizing. Quite small compared to other herb vaporizers on the market, it stands at approximately 3.5 inches high and can rest comfortably in the palm of one’s hand – perfect for taking a discreet puff.
Unlike the smell of burned cannabis, the scent of vaporized herb only lingers for a few seconds and doesn’t permeate fabric, which is why many people have turned to vaporizers for their dry herb. If you’re new to the cannabis vape scene, the Dash is a great entry point.
Quality Features for an Entry-Level Price
Like most of the G Pen vapes, the exterior of the Dash consists of a light, yet durable classic-black aluminum alloy shell. This encloses a glass glazed stainless steel heating chamber that features three different temperature settings. To make things easy, there are three corresponding LED lights with different colors for each setting.
Air intake holes are located on the front and back of the vape, and a micro-USB port is found at the bottom to support pass-through charging.
A complaint that many enthusiasts have about flower vapes is that the vaporizer usually heats up so much that it can burn their fingers or lips if used for too long. The Dash has a special insert called a Helix that is engineered to cool down the vapor and prevent the vape from overheating.
Many flower vaporizers with these features can run upwards of a few hundred dollars, but the Dash comes in at $69.95, making it perfect for the first-time user who has been hesitant to take the plunge into vaping cannabis due to the hefty price tag.
Another reason the Dash is great for newbies is that it’s extremely intuitive and easy to use.
Its magnetically attached mouthpiece pops off, revealing the chamber, which can hold a little less than a quarter of a gram and shouldn’t be packed too tightly.
Attach the mouthpiece back to the device and press the power button five times (as is common with vapes), and the heating process will begin. To select your ideal temperature, hit the button three times, and once that temperature is reached, the Dash will vibrate to let you know.
Pull slowly and inhale deeply for a smooth vape experience.
Bonus Features at a Bonus Price:
In order to maximize the battery life, the Dash automatically turns off if left idle. Grenco incorporated this innovative auto shut-off technology combined with the haptic feedback, or vibration feature, to make vaping easy for beginners. And with the affordable price point, the Dash is hard to beat when comparing it to other flower vaporizers on the market.
Since G Pen burst onto the vaporizer scene in 2012 with the first tank system specifically designed for “personal aromatherapy regimens,” they’ve been responsible for propelling the industry forward with a steady stream of revolutionary products.
While their Elite and Pro flower vaporizers, the Nova concentrate pen, and the Connect concentrate attachment have all been blockbusters in their own right, none are quite as game changing as G Pen’s newest creation: the G Pen Roam.
The Roam is G Pen’s first totally portable concentrate vaporizer with a self-contained water filtration system. While that may sound like a mouthful, don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you.
Here’s our take on the new G Pen Roam.
What is the G Pen Roam?
The Roam is a fully portable electronic dab rig in the form of a large vape. The first of its kind, the Roam features a spill-proof, self-contained borosilicate glass hydrotube, a fully quartz tank, and a 1300mAh lithium-ion battery that heats to temperature within seconds of activation — delivering a perfect dab-like vapor experience with every hit.
What truly sets the Roam apart is the water filtration feature. Normally, portable concentrate vaporizers hit rather harshly, delivering concentrate vapor at high temperatures directly into the lungs. It can be rough. By introducing water filtration to the portable vape, the Roam offers smooth vapor with a dab rig experience that you can hit anywhere.
Coming in at $249.95, the Roam is G Pen’s most expensive product, making it a bit of an investment, albeit a worthwhile one.
What can you vape with the Roam?
Thanks to its fully quartz tank and super strong battery, the Roam is capable of vaporizing any conceivable concentrate, even crystalline substances like shatter. Because it’s a concentrate vaporizer, it does not work with flower or other ground material.
How do you use the G Pen Roam?
Now that you know what The Roam brings to the table, how exactly do you use this new device?
How to charge the Roam
The Roam uses USB charging and comes witha USB charging cable. The battery level is displayed on the LED screen. Brand new, straight-out-the-box Roams need about 45 minutes to fully charge.
Press the power button located on the Roam battery five times to power on/off.
The buttons located above the LED screen can adjust the temperature up and down by 25 degree intervals. The temperature range is 600 — 800°F. To enter “Max Mode” (where the device outputs full power without temperature control), press the up button one time when the device is set at 800°F. If the device begins to overheat, a warning will be displayed and the device will stop until a safe operating temperature is reached.
Filling up the water tube and concentrate tank
Slide the device apart to reveal the water tank and connected mouthpiece. Remove the water tank and fill to the black line with a very small amount of water. Replace tank and connect back to the battery.
Open the quartz concentrate tank on the top of the device, and fill with desired concentrate using the tool found inside the Roam kit.
Heating for use
For automatic heat activation, press the power button two times. Once the device has heated to optimal temperature, the device will vibrate, notifying you that it’s time to start hitting from the mouthpiece. The Roam will remain at temperature for 30 seconds, then vibrate again before being deactivated. Press the power button an additional two times to extend the session for 10 seconds.
For manual heat activation, hold the power button while the device is powered on. The device will heat up to selected temperature, vibrate to indicate that temperature has been reached, and maintain that temperature until the button is released or until the 30-second time limit has elapsed.
How to clean the Roam
Clean the Roam like you would any other vaporizer or concentrate device, with cotton swabs and isopropyl alcohol. All parts of the Roam are removable for separate cleaning.
What’s the appeal?
Aside from being sleek, discrete, and easy-to-use, the Roam is exciting because there’s nothing else like it on the market. By merging the concepts of concentrate vaporizer and portable dab rig into this wild new creation, G Pen has created the most exciting product of Summer 2020 — one that could significantly elevate all upcoming days spent enjoying the great outdoors.
Thought taking a dab before jumping off a waterfall sounded too good to be true? With the Roam, you can comfortably get high on concentrates anytime, anywhere. No one will suspect a thing, because they’ve never seen anything like it before.
Many years ago, when concentrates were more akin to hash and vaporizers were mostly on tabletops, a portable, pocket-sized vape made just for oil-type concentrates hit the scene. The original G-Pen by Grenco Science made such a splash that the industry started an entirely new branch of products: portable vapes and concentrates.
These devices have come a long way from the dribbly, goopy, first models, and Grenco dropped in with another flower vape — G Pen Elite vaporizer.
Our previous G Pen guide had quick breakdowns of each device, but we wanted to take a full look and put together a G Pen Elite review for readers interested in G Pen’s bestselling device.
What is the G Pen Elite vaporizer?
Made specifically to vaporize dry herb, the Elite is not multi-use. It costs about $120 and is accessible online across a variety of retailers, as well as their own shop. Flower consumers will love the size of its ceramic chamber, as the Elite boasts one of the largest on the market.
What immediately stands out about the vape is its smooth but angular shape, like a maxed-out version of their cartridge pen, the Gio. Grooved sides mean it’s easier to hold and much harder to drop, which is something you may sacrifice with the more modernist type of pocket vapes.
How does G Pen Elite vaporizer work?
The dry herb vape heats up quickly and provides great airflow for hits that aren’t as weak as some competitor vapes. This is something that Grenco understands — the customer wants high vapor quality and a hit that keeps coming, not a slow leak of weed flavored air.
Packing dry herb into the heating chamber is simple, the same as other portable vaporizers. Make sure the flower is properly ground and packed in the heating chamber before closing and activating the device. Check the LED display and power button to make sure the device is off before filling or refilling.
Temperature control on the Elite is precise — a Celsius or Fahrenheit reading on the digital control takes the guesswork and color-coding out of the heating process. You can set the temperature using the LED display anywhere from 200°F up to 428°F depending on your vaporizing preferences.
The battery life is adequate and charging time completely reasonable at a few hours tops. It has USB charging, which makes charging fairly easy.
Is the G Pen good? Is the G Pen Elite worth it?
You don’t lose anything from the adjustments to the standard pocket vape that Grenco has made, namely some buttons and a sculptural shape, and it isn’t lacking anything that another similar model can provide, especially at this lower price range ($119.95).
Though pocket vapes can’t handle the volume of a tabletop model, Grenco at least tries to make it easy and foolproof with minimal headaches. This model’s ceramic chamber is far easier to clean than a metal heated vape.
These little tweaks are what makes this a good buy, and the one year warranty doesn’t hurt either.