Reviewed by Marble & Smoke, an anonymous NYC based event planner, who loves to talk all things cannabis, etiquette, and entertaining. Follow her on Instagram.
Purchased: Online via www.kandypens.com. I ordered on a Sunday and had it in my hot little hands by Wednesday!
Unboxing: The packaging was not what I expected based on the aesthetic of the product and website. Box and plastic sleeve felt cheap, though at least they were minimal with not too much headed to the trash. However, my dream of opening a cannabis product with the same packaging appeal as an iPhone is still unfulfilled. The pen itself is gorgeous – sturdy and solid in the hand. I ordered the matte black, but it also comes in shiny black/gold and white/gold.
Puff, puff: This was my first time using an herbal vaporizer pen, and it was a bit tricky to fill (grinding is a must). It also had to be charged before the first use, which is to be expected, but I ughhhhh, I’m impatient! It took about 2 hours to fully charge.
Once charged and filled, it heated quickly within 5 minutes. The Kandy Pen allows for three different heat settings, and I started with the green — 380 degrees.
The first pull was smooth but shallow. It took a minute to get the hang of it — more of a mouth pull than the deep lung drag you’d take on a concentrate pen. Similar to a vaporizer, the effect of your herb hits a bit later than traditional smoking; I’d recommend taking 15 minutes between pulls.
Biggest downside was something that I believe is true of all herbal vaporizers – a moderate combustion aftertaste, a little like burnt-rubber. This was more pronounced on this highest temperature, but I also found that setting produced the most vapor.
Pass: I brought my K-Vape to a picnic where it immediately overshadowed the hummus and chips. It got lots of “oohs” and “ahhs” for its design, but some more self-conscious people in the group felt it was a bit too obvious for use in public. If a concentrate pen is an equivalent of sneaking wine in your opaque water bottle, an herbal vape is more like brown-bagging a tallboy.
In conclusion: I liked the K-Vape, but it’s not changing my life, and it’s probably not going to make frequent appearances in my rotation. If I’m hard pressed for portable herbs, I’ll probably just roll one at home and sneak away for a puff. I could see taking it camping or to an outdoor festival to have on hand for any herbal product. And it’s fun to pass around and show off!