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If you live in the state of California, and if you have a prescription for medical marijuana, there is a new product that you should pay attention to — the PAX Era Extract Vaporizer. when used with Bloom Farms extract pods, this on-demand vaporizer makes administering your prescription as simple as taking a puff.
I was sent a Pax Era and a properly marked Bloom Farms (yet non-Cannabis containing) pod so I could see how the vaporizer works. I’ll have to admit that it was a little surprising to open the package and find this:
What you need to know about the PAX Era
The PAX Era works only with extract pods, so it will not work with loose-leaf herbs. Included in the box are the vaporizer, a quick start guide with safety guidelines and warranty information, a registration card, a PAX sticker, and information about the PAX Vapor App available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
The Era is an incredibly light and thin vaporizer; composed of bead-blasted aluminum, the Era measures about 3.25″ long (without its pod) and 0.7″ wide by 0.4″ thick, and the Era weighs 0.5 ounces. It is very discreet and pocketable; with the pod inserted it is ~4 long.
Charging time for the Era’s 2,600mAh battery is about 60 minutes through the microUSB port on its bottom; as you charge, the four petals on the Era’s X will glow with white LEDs as the charge commences.
What sets the Era apart from all other vaporizers I’ve tried, beyond its smallness, is that there is no on/off button. The Era is an on-demand vaporizer, which means that when you need to use it, you simply take a puff and it will immediately deliver your prescription.
As I mentioned, I was sent a bubble-gum flavored Pod, so I was able to plug it into the Era to see how the vaporizer performs. I have to admit that it was a big change to not have to turn a vaporizer on or off much less spend time figuring out which temperature I needed it to operate at. When a Pod is inserted in the fully charged PAX Era, using the vaporizer is a simple matter of raising it to your mouth and drawing in; the vaporizer immediately works, and the vapor produced is pretty amazing.
You can pair your PAX Era with the PAX app by opening the app and shaking the Era until the LEDs glow blue. With the PAX app, you can customize the settings on your vaporizer.
If you aren’t connected to the app, any time you are curious about remaining battery life, you can gently shake the Era, and white LEDs will glow indicating remaining battery life in quarters; e.g., four petals glowing means 75 – 100%, one petal glowing means 25% or less.
It is possible to enhance and adjust your pod flavor profile by adjusting the vaporizer’s temperature setting manually. Once a pod is installed, you follow these three steps:
- Shake the device – the indicator will show the current battery level
- Remove the pod – the indicator will first show the current temperature setting and then it will cycle through all available temperature settings.
- Reinsert the pod when your preferred temperature setting is indicated; the indicator will pulse to confirm the temperature change.
One green LED means the temperature is low, two yellow LEDs mean that the temperature is medium-low, three orange LEDs mean that the temperature is medium-high, and four red LEDs mean that the temperature is high.
The PAX Era is also able to track the number of puffs you’ve taken. To figure this out, you’ll
- Double-tap the PAX Era
- Count the number of LED colors; that’s the number of puffs you’ve taken in the session, e.g., two green LEDs means two puffs, three green LEDs with a blue LED means 5 puff, and two blue with two red LEDs means 10 puffs.
The PAX Era sells for $59.99, and it comes with a one-year warranty.
What You Need to know about Bloom Farms’ Extract Pods
If you live in California and you have a prescription for medical marijuana, you will be able to purchase Bloom Farms PAX Era Pods.
Bloom Farms is a one for one company, meaning that for every product they sell they provide a meal to a local California food bank; they are at nearly a quarter million donated meals.
The PAX Era pods made filled by Bloom Farms contain a special blend of “cannabis oil, extracted with clean CO2 … The superior flavor, consistency, and experience you’ve come to expect from Bloom Farms is now available with the cutting-edge technology of the PAX Era, which includes temperature and battery status LED interface, a sleek design, and the PAX Vapor app.”
The Bloom Farms pod comes in a child-proof, prescription style pack, and the pod itself is self-contained and ready to be dropped in the Era vaporizer.
Each Bloom Farms pod contains 500mg of cannabis oil, which they say “generally last between 150 and 200 inhales. An easy comparison would be about as long as 1/8 oz. of flowers”, and the “THC in the pods is in the 70% range.”
There are three types of Bloom Farms all-natural cannabis oil blends extract pods:
• Sativa+ Daytime – Uplifting and stimulating, Sativa provides an energetic and enhanced state of well-being.
• Indica+ Nighttime – Perfect for nighttime, indica+ provides relaxation and is a powerful tool for promoting a full night’s deep sleep.
• Hybrid+ Anytime – A relaxing and uplifting blend perfect for medicating while maintaining an active energy level.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Like: The PAX Era vaporizer is easy to use and always ready to work; You can change the temperature if needed, The vaporizer has easy to understand LEDs to indicate, charging, battery life left, temperature, puffs taken, etc; Bluetooth connects you to the PAX app; The Era produces a satisfying vapor; Bloom Farms extract pods are easy to use and have a long life; Should be easy and discreet method of delivery for patients
What Needs Improvement: The Bloom Farms pods are only available in California