Cannabis technology hopes to be the foundation of a legitimate cannabis industry. Some of the most substantial improvements for cannabis have been created directly by folks within the community of patients and consumers who want to be a part of something bigger.
The New West Summit, the first cannabis technology conference held in San Francisco, brought together cannabis people from all over the world to network and engage with great results.
Smoke Reports had an incredible time at The New West Summit, where we debuted our open api with tons of data for cannabis-focues softwares and websites. The Smoke Reports database contains accessible information on over 21,000 strains, edibles, extracts, producers, retailers, and seed companies.
Smoke Reports does not yet list accessories for consuming cannabis, yet our readers deserve a look into the incredible advancements through cannabis-focused hardware.
For a long time, the word “paraphernalia” was the legislative term restricting the positive advancements of cannabis hardware. Tech companies such asVapeXhale and Blunt Ventures LLC have released products that re-capture how effective cannabis hardware can be if we respect the need for truly medical dosing with exact measurements.
The Smoke Reports team loves imagining the possibilities when complimentary companies aligned in their philosophies can envision better cannabis tools for patients and consumers.
In this feature, we will take a look at two brands creating hardware accessories for cannabis patients that may seem familiar, but is actually being propelled by a mission that has not yet been accomplished:
Help the patient know exactly how much cannabis they are consuming.
On the outside, The Grale from Blunt Ventures is exactly what it sounds like: a grinder mixed with a scale. Yet once you start playing around with this product, you can begin to appreciate the inventor’s dream to create more than just a novelty smoking accessory. Check out the short video below:
Josh, the inventor behind the Grale, sought out to design a product that could help both patients and recreational consumers measure their consumption rates. Josh knew about the positive effects that cannabis could provide himself and his loved ones, yet there was still something haphazard about the way medical patients were being asked to consume cannabis.
“If you look at alcohol consumption, unless someone is having an especially bad day, they are not typically drinking from the bottle. Alcohol is widely consumed via shot glasses, beer bottles, pint mugs; the consumer understands the level of inebriation that results from that amount.
Relating this back to cannabis, there is no such apparatus to properly gauge the level of inebriation desired.”
-Josh, Founder of Blunt Ventures and The Grale
The Grale is the first version of what we here at Smoke Reports expect to be a long line of consumption measurement tools from Josh and the Blunt Ventures team. We need to begin creating solutions for consumers, and medical patients especially, to be able to monitor their consumption patterns, and understand their personal reactions to different amounts of cannabis.
The Grale intentionally fuses the practicality of accurate measurement with some fun customization to give users that little extra something to appreciate. The Grale has 2 cap colors and 7 grinder teeth colors to choose from, and they also offer limited edition Grales customized by New York street artist collective URNY. Design your Grale set-up at www.bluntventures.com.
Vaporizers are becoming increasingly popular among cannabis patients who want immediate relief without the health side effects of smoking flowers or concentrates. Seibo started VapeXhale after being unable to find a vaporizer that met his needs as a father, a patient, and also a businessperson.
Having seen the other vaporizer products being marketed to cannabis users, he decided to fill a gap in the vaporizer market with a product that promoted good health, physical activity, and of course, cannabis consumption. Check out the EVO in action in the video below:
One of the biggest challenges in the vaporizer market is the saturation of different products. There are disposable cartridges, single-use pens, hand-held flower vaporizers (PAX), desktop vaporizers (like the Volcano from Storz & Bickel), custom dab rigs, and more.
During the research and development phase, Seibo realized that out of all of these vaporizers, none of the brands had a message that went beyond the act of vaporizing. Health benefits were being ignored, and individual companies were being built to appeal to a small demographic of cannabis users.
VapeXhale wanted to push those boundaries by providing information and resources about the benefits not just of vaporizing, but of incorporating responsible cannabis into daily activities. The cannabis community is seeing more and more brands push away the lazy stoner stereotype, and products like the EVO will help illuminate the diversity within the cannabis community.
Companies like VapeXhale and Blunt Ventures are building better hardware options for cannabis patients. Vaporizers, grinders, scales, and other cannabis accessories are not new to the cannabis community, yet in recent years, innovation for cannabis hardware seemed to have fallen off as a priority.
As cannabis moves into a more positive social role, hardware technologies like the EVO and the Grale will help guide inexperienced users as they become comfortable with cannabis consumption.
Smoke Reports appreciates companies that create a product and immediately start eyeing improvements for their customers. Blunt Ventures, VapeXhale, and many other hardware companies have the opportunity to demystify the dangers of cannabis by offering responsible consumption methods.
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One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing is that it allows entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators to fabricate, test, and prototype product ideas which previously they would have only dreamt of attempting to move forward with. Only a few years ago, it was almost impossible for individual inventors to cheaply and effectively prototype an idea that popped into their heads. The prices of injection molded parts are just ridiculous, and most of the time this priced these individuals out of potentially creating a multi-million dollar product.
For one young man, from Jupiter, Florida, named Josh Camitta, this wasn’t the case, simply because he discovered that 3D printing could provide him with answers that previous generations simply could not come up with.
“The product I have created is called The Grale; The first ever handheld vegetative (herbal) processor and weighing unit,” Camitta tells 3DPrint.com. “Once awarded the patent for this grinder/scale apparatus, I became highly motivated to take this project to the next level.”
Camitta’s apparatus could certainly be quite the useful device for chefs, cooks, and food vendors alike. It was just getting this product to market that was the challenging part. It all started with the desire and need to create a working prototype, and that’s when Anthony Dichi of 3D Printing Expert, Inc. came to the aid.
The Grale features an optimized grinding process with two sets of aluminum CNC milled teeth. A user is required to choose their desired herb or vegetative material. It is then placed into the device, where it is ground before falling through to the next chamber. Food such as herbs, coffee, spice, etc. may be used in raw form. When the material/food falls into the chamber, it is simultaneously weighed.
“For this weighing process the material is collected on what we call the reservoir tray,” explained Camitta. “From here the user has many options. One option is to simply unscrew the top and pinch out the desired portion. Alternatively, you could opt to use the small door (EZ-Pour Technology) which allows the operator to simply swing open a magnetized door, enabling the material to pour out, like a tea kettle. Additionally, one can simply open the larger door and remove the entire reservoir tray for easy access and control.”
Camitta originally was prototyping his design using stereolithography 3D printing technology, but found that it was really quite expensive, inefficient, and restrictive for his purposes. So when he found Dichi, he was greatly relieved. Dichi was able to print out a whole swath of parts quickly and inexpensively, allowing Camitta to better understand how his device would function and fit together.
“The combination of a strong engineer (Anthony) and the technology of a 3-D printer, made making small adaptations and changes a fluid part of the prototype process,” says Camitta. “This has enabled my project to continue to progress with both confidence and pace as it moves towards completion.”
This is just one more shining example of how 3D printing is allowing the innovators of the world test the feasibility of their inventions using a really tangible means of production.
What do you think about Camitta’s invention, and the potential that 3D printing has in allowing future and current inventors to better test their theories and ideas? Discuss in the 3D printed Grale forum thread on 3DPB.com.