The Vape Pen Of the Future

BIC Pen vs. GDM Vape Pen source: Old Hippie

Even though I got so excited last Saturday at the High Times Cannabis Cup by all the dabs and hash oil pen vapes that I actually bought one, something that happened on Sunday that totally blew my mind.

I ran into this cool guy called Grand Daddy Mike (and yes, he has a close connection to the small group that developed the original Grand Daddy Purp strain). We had some nice discussion, and then GDM whips out this collection of black pens out, asks me what’s my favorite strain, and hands one to me. He said, “Sip on that”, so I put the end to my lips, inhale, and suddenly…Blue Dream!

BIC Pen vs. GDM Vape Pen source: Old Hippie

It’s filled with GDM’s own CO2 extracted hash oil, with terpenes added back in for taste. The beauty part of it is, there’s no charger, no switch, no learning curve, no torches. It’s electronic, it’s silent, it’s smart enough to turn on only when you inhale, and it’s so discreet that Felicity felt comfortable enough to take a hit off this thing in a crowded cafeteria, and not a single puff of smoke, vapor, or anything else escaped!

And it may be due to the fact that I used it to get high and watch one of my favorite Star Trek movies (First Contact: The One With the Old Hippie), but it occurred to me that this is the simple, clean way that people will vape in the 25th century. If it’s not already a thing yet, I’d like to suggest the word “e-dabs” for this kind of technology.

This amazing little device is available from SPARC, and from Sonoma County Collective, where it’s listed as the GDM CO2 Glycerin Charged Extract Refillable Vaporizer for just $20. That may be a mouthful, but it told me some extra stuff I didn’t know before, as Grand Daddy Mike didn’t get a chance to tell me all the specs. And refillable makes sense, since Mike is clearly a do-it-right kind of guy.

But I still wonder how it all works!

Old Hippie is a father of two boys and thankfully living in California where all this kind of thing is legal. He started smoking marijuana in 1967 in high school, experimented with mind-expanding drugs of all kinds, and then straightened out 15 or so years later to become an airplane pilot. After being diagnosed with depression in 2000, he lost his job and most of the following decade to prescription medications (such as antidepressants) which sapped his energy and will. Finally, a chance conversation with a friend led to a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana (MMJ). This changed his entire life, health, and outlook for the better. is his continuing story. It’s also his way to provide experienced advice on using medical marijuana effectively and responsibly, as well as advocacy, activism, and support for others. Old Hippie teaches about safe use of cannabis edibles, Canna Caps, vaporizers, dosing, and even microdosing.


My stepmother has ALS which has impaired the control of her lips and tongue. She tried a “traditional” vaporizer last night, but was unable to produce enough suction to pull the flame in to heat the marijuana. She would like to use it to ease her muscle spasms and get better sleep. I know you’re a proponent of edibles, but she and I have both had less than optimal experiences with that method, so we are hesitant.

Can you recommend this product, or another? Can you explain how this product works and is it easy to procure?

We live in California, FYI.

A Volcano or some other forced air type balloon vaporizer would work best – they do the vaping for you and then you just have to suck from a ballon. The Volcano is expensive but then your mother can just sip vapor from the ballon. The Arizer Extreme Q also gets good reviews but the balloons don’t have the air locks like the Volcano. It can be found for almost a 1/3rd the price of the Volcano though. I have an Arizer Solo and swear by it’s quality. But if money is no object and ease of use utmost then just go for a Volcano. Best of luck and I’m sure others can add.

I love the vape pen concept. Easy delivery, easy to conceal, ect… My only concern is that vape pens are primarily designed for wax extracts, many of which are being demonized, even though they are great medicines.

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