How you got high used to be a one-size-fits-all pursuit: you rolled a joint, smoked a bowl, or maybe ate some brownies if you felt like getting really creative. Simple.
On the downside: smoking is a terrible way to consume weed, and eating the product is unlikely to give most users the experience they're hoping for. A lot of people a) hate smoking b) don't know how to roll joints and c) if they do, hate the mess and hassle that comes with busting up weed and d) don't know how to make or dose edibles.
Happily, in 2016, it's a whole new world. There's now a vaporizer to fit every lifestyle and aesthetic - it's just a question of matching up your needs with what's available. Here are some of the most compelling options.
1. Old School Cool
The Firefly 2 might be new kid on the block, but Firefly CEO Mark Williams tells Civilized the aim with the latest offering from Firefly is to take consumption back to a more leisurely, personal experience. "In today's digital world, people are more removed from their lungs," Williams tells Civilized. "A lot of people are looking for a digital experience, an on/off button, ones and zeroes. But the real world is a continuous, dynamic spectrum of analog data. This is the rich, real world with nuance and texture, as opposed to a digital experience - and so the trick with us is making a device that marries digital simplicity with an organic, subtle, palpable experience."
Elegantly designed with a high-end consumer electronics aesthetic, PAX's approach to vaping as a lifestyle has linked the company up with big names in music, fashion and art. PAX CMO Richard Mumby tells Civilized that the PAX's sleek design not only "means there's less stigma to use," but also supports a creative, artistic flair: PAX has commissioned murals around the country, partnered with K-HOLE and exhibited a limited edition PAX2 at Art Basel, as well as collaborated with The Weeknd and designers like Richard Chai at Men's Fashion Week. Perfect for the high-design freak.
If the idea of consuming on the fly makes you break out in a cold sweat, the Volcano is here for you: the original desktop vape is designed to sit in one spot and maximize the product to the fullest. Not only is The Volcano super efficient, writes Gizmodo's Adam Frucci, but it has "a classic design to it that will make you want to leave it out rather than hide it in a desk drawer [...] f you're a serious smoker and you have cash to burn, you will almost definitely absolutely love this thing and want to use it every day." Pack the vaporizables into the heating chamber, consult the handy digital readout, then attach a vapor balloon to the top of the heating chamber, fill it up, and pass it around at your own pace.
4. Tool Guy
"Designed by Canadians, built for paradise," as the tagline says, the rugged Grizzly Guru is for folks who want their vaporizer to look more like a cordless drill than a delicate, high-end electronic device. While admittedly on the larger side, the Guru is still comparable in size to the Mighty, the DaVinci Ascent or a Solo - and in addition to dry herbs, the ceramic heating chamber, all-glass vapour pathway, and precise digital temperature controls on the OLED display can also be used to vape concentrates. With up to 3 hours of use on a full charge, you're probably good to go on whatever adventure you choose - but impatient types can even use it while it's plugged in. Handy.
5. Cannabis Tourist
O.penVape is perfect for those who want to smoke oil without risking a too-big dab or mixing the messy oil up with tobacco. Each pen contains 100 milligrams of CO2-extracted cannabis oil mixed with polyethylene glycol - on the user end, all you have to do is open the box, take out the pen, and take a hit. The low barrier to entry leads The Cannabist's Ben Livingston to conclude these, not crappy disposable metal pipes, are the future of cannabis tourism: "The tiny vape pen delivers small puffs, which I think is a good thing for the tourist crowd. Cannabis is not innocuous, and novice pot smokers need dabs like college kids need binge drinking." Each O.penVape One lasts around 50 puffs: sufficient product to leave you nicely toasty, but still keep it casual.