There are a ton of ways to consume weed in 2019. But if you’re looking for a covert way to get high on the go — at a friend’s wedding, on a road trip with your new boyfriend’s family, in the lobby of the AMC cinema before a matinee — you’ve probably discovered that the best option is a vape pen. In the past couple of years, they’ve largely replaced joints and blunts due to their stealth factor, ease of use, and potency. You can stand confidently among Juulers at a party, nodding knowingly at that dude’s Euphoria reference, while puffing on your low-key weed delivery system and feeling a slightly detached sense of superiority.
And yet, with an increase in the market — sales jumped 49% from 2017 to 2018 — there’s a lot to learn. What distinguishes one pen from another? How can you know which oil is best? Is there one that can replace a glass of wine? Which one gives you more bang for your buck? Here, a handy guide to navigating the choices.
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The “Clear” vs. The “Sauce”
Of course, what it comes down to is the oil inside: just like the weed it’s sourced from, concentrated cannabis oil can be schwaggy as hell, or it can be the cream of the crop. For the uninitiated in weed lingo, you should start by understanding that the easiest distinction to make is between THC distillate versus live resin. The metaphor that can best express the difference between the two is THC distillate is Daytona Beach, and live resin is a