Just like in many other states licensed to sell medical marijuana products, Michigan has a large variety of competitors and brands fighting for their own market share in the industry. Pre-filled vaporizer cartridges are still a relatively new to the industry, and many different producers are attempting to dominate that niche. One of the first brands to do it was The Clear. Although they were one of the originals to introduce the technology of pre-filled vape cartridges, other emerging companies are making a name for themselves. From better mouthpieces to new heating elements, newer technology is making it harder to stick with the Clear.
Not too long after the Clear’s release, dispensaries began to stock their shelves with an overwhelming amount of options. I have tried several types of cartridges including: FlavRX, Platinum Vape, Illuminati, Claw Concentrates, Fire Stix, Thon, and Pure Michigan Oil. The list of brands currently producing cartridges here in Michigan is so long I probably haven’t tried half of them. One reason for my lack of cartridge exposure is the price point of some of the oils. I don’t find it sensible to spend more then $40 each time on a refill. Some of the top shelf or larger gram size cartridges go from $60-90 a piece, and I’m simply not willing to give those a try for something I only use when I can’t smoke flower.
Out of the options that are reasonably priced, me and my friends prefer Thon over the rest. As I mentioned earlier, the mouthpiece and heating element are a step up from the traditional cartridge design. The heating element is no longer a wick at the bottom of the chamber, but a cylinder that evenly heats the medicine and eliminates any waste that might otherwise get stuck to the sides. Another must have feature is the the anti-leak design built into the bottom of the chamber. With other products, its a constant struggle making sure that my pen is sitting upright so none of the good stuff goes below the heating wick. All these perks to the design are nice, but it wouldn’t be too helpful if I didn’t mention the medicine itself. After just a few pulls, it has pretty noticeable effects. A few more and it’ll have you stoned for an hour or so. With all cartridges duration has been an issue when compared to buds. There are no test results or cannabanoid percentages labeled on the packaging but it is identified as a distillate. The various flavors they offer are named by the strain that the oil originated from, which is more helpful then calling it strawberry or peach cream. Every strain I have tried is tasty in its own way, and if you’re not careful you’ll catch yourself hitting it constantly. If this brand is accessible in your location I highly recommend picking some out from the overwhelming wave of options.