The MediPen is a fairly new device here in the UK. Initially, you could colour me skeptical, but I wanted to tell you guys- it WORKS. So what is it? The MediPen is the UK’s first “all-natural” Cannabidiol (CBD) vaporiser pen and it’s completely legal.
So, what is Cannabidol? Cannabidol, or CBD as it is also known, is one of over 85 active ingredients found in the Cannabis plant, known as Cannabinoids. All mammals have a system called the endocannabinoid system in their bodies, consisting primarily of the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors, operating in the central and peripheral nervous systems respectively, are responsible for a wide range of different reactions that can result in a number of health benefits. There are many studies showing the benefits of CBD oil if you want to look it up for yourself. In fact, the MediPen website shares these, although, it does not claim that the product itself is a medical device.
“CBD has few known interactions with any other drug and has no dependency or physical withdrawal symptoms. CBD also has no negative side-effects, which is part of what makes it an ideal treatment for those suffering with serious medical conditions.” After doing some research, I decided to take the plunge and see if it would help with any of my issues.
The people at MediPen use only the highest quality 20%~ CBD Oil and Coconut Oil that are sourced from the UK and the Netherlands to create a potent formula. This formula comes in pre-filled, odourless cartridges in a variety of flavours, which screw on to the vapour pen. It’s an “inhale and go” device. No buttons. The end of the device lights up as the oil is heated and the battery lasts forever. I’ve had my MediPen for 2 weeks now, and I haven’t had to charge it yet. When I do need to? No worries. It comes with a USB charger. Just screw the charger to the pen, plug in and charge.
Because the device is odourless, you can use it indoors and on the go without having to worry. Also, because it does not contain THC, it has no mind altering affects. It also means that if you were to be stopped and drug tested, you would not fail.
In the starter kit, you get one pre-filled cartridge, one “pen” and one USB charger, presented in a tin case as pictured. By default, the cartridge is unflavoured but for an additional 99p, you can choose one of over a dozen flavours for your cartridge and a little birdy tells me even more are on the way! Personally, I opted for Vanilla, though Mint Chocolate Chip is also delicious. A friend of mine favours the coconut!
So, how did I get on with the MediPen? Very well. Instantly, I felt an effect. I felt more alert, more awake but at the same time, more relaxed, a little less anxious. I thought perhaps this was a placebo effect as it was a new thing to me and I was expecting that sort of result. I kept on with it regardless. I started to find myself sleeping better at night, deeper, not waking up so much or needing to get up so much which is pretty mega for me. It also has soothed my pains and such like cramps and spasms. Not a magic fix for it all, but it’s a good aid/accompaniment and I’ve found myself needing to take less medications as a result.
It’s also worth noting, I have never previously “vaped”. I am a non-smoker. I did smoke in my mispent youth and this is nothing like smoking. I feel even if you have never smoked, you will be fine with this product. I have tried an alternate brand from France called “Kanavape” and it’s a lot “heavier” than the MediPens vapour, it feels more aimed towards people who actually smoke. The medipen feels light and smooth and perfectly suited to a non-smoker like me.
The only negative thing I can say about this product is the price. At £49.97 for the starter pack and just under £25 a refill, it is a little bit pricey, however, I still have a significant amount of my primary cartridge left (over half) and my health is worth it.
If you’re interested in the MediPen, you can purchase it only via their website here!
I hope this helps. I know some of my readers are fellow anxiety suffers and Spoonies so I wanted to share this with you!