CBD Starter Kit by Medipen

The last time I reviewed a CBD vaping pen I was going through a particularly stressful time and found continued use certainly helped calm my anxiety.

So to get my hands on the Medipen – a CBD kit that was reported as being trialled by the NHS no less – I was interested to see if it helped me in anyway.medipen cbd review

If anything my stress levels are higher than they’ve been for many years. I am currently going into my 8th week without an internet connection. Anyone who’s dealt with BT [British Telecom] will no doubt share my pain – but I digress.

What Is CBD?

For those who missed my previous Kanavape review or have no idea what CBD is – let me briefly explain.

CBD stands for Cannabidiol and as the name suggests it is a derivative of the cannabis plant. However in CBD the THC [Tetrahydrocannabinol] is removed during refining.

The THC is the bit that gives cannabis users the ‘high’. So no, Medipen won’t get you stoned or give you that high.

For many years users of CBD have given plenty of anecdotal evidence of its benefits to health and well-being.

Users don’t get the high but swear it helps not only their mental health but also helps in physical pain management.

Hence the reason the good old NHS is taking an interest [about time] – however here’s the legal bit:

“I am neither a qualified doctor nor medical professional. The views in this review are mine and mine alone and are based on the effects the Medipen has had on my ongoing mental health issues and pain management surrounding x3 prolapsed discs in my neck and back.

Please do your own research before considering CBD.”

OK let’s see why the Medipen CBD vaping device performs.

In the Box

Not so much a box as a tin which is about the same length but slightly narrower than a reading glasses case.

  • 1 X Medipen battery
  • 1 X Ego style charger
  • 1 X CBD hemp flavoured cartridge
  • 1 X Instruction and disclaimer leafletMedipen kist contents

Other flavoured Medipen refill cartridges are available to buy separately.

For the purpose of review I received:

  • Bubble Gum
  • Mint Choc Chip
  • Cherry Cola

Key Features

  • 1ml Capacity Cartridges – Medipen use CBD Oil sourced from the UK & Netherlands.
  • They combine this with Pharmaceutical Grade Coconut Oil which in turn creates their signature gold blend formula. A cutting-edge strain of the Cannabis plant, independently grown in the Netherlands, is used to extract the CBD oil, containing upwards of 20% CBD.
  • It’s a very slim line design and dare I say it looks stylish too.
  • There’s no need to worry about people next to you calling the drug squad either as there’s no smell of ‘Mary Jane’ and with hardly any vapor this is a very discreet device.

Build Quality and Design

The tin has a nice brushed metal effect and does the job adequately.Medipen tin

The device itself is ultra-light and the battery screws nicely into the cartridge.

The design itself is functional – there’s not a lot you can do with a pen style vaping device after all – but as I’ve already mentioned it does fit well in the hand and is as slim as a ballpoint pen.Medipen review UK

On the inhale the tip glows green – I guess this also shows if the battery is charged enough for use.

How Does the Medipen Perform?

Like most vaping pens the Medipen is an automatic device that has no buttons to press – you simply charge and go.Medipen refill flavours

Charging the Medipen

Charging is via the Ego style charger – the battery screws into one end and the charger into any USB slot and the tip lights up green when fully charged. Simple and easy.

The last CBD vaping device I tested allowed the user to draw/inhale as much and as long as they wanted – however the Medipen seems to cut out after 5 or 6 seconds – meaning you get a measured inhale rather than taking as much as you might prefer.

To be honest I found this a little annoying – I would prefer deciding myself how much I wanted to inhale – rather than having it metred out so to speak.

The inhale is tight – tighter than a cigarette for sure – and again I felt constricted and after two or three puffs rather than feeling any possible benefit – I was seeing stars and felt uncomfortably light headed.

Medipen – My Personal Experience & Verdict

Anyone interested in pain management may have heard about CBD.

In my case the prescribed painkillers and ‘muscle relaxants’ I take regularly have vicious side-effects. I can only describe it as the worse two day hangover without the fun beforehand lol.

As for the medication I’m on for my mental health issues [PTSD – anxiety – depression and Complex Trauma] – they simply ‘zone me out’ turning me into a zombie some days – so anything – and I mean anything that can help me without all the awful side-effects has to be a good thing.

The last CBD kit I reviewed [Kanavapes] certainly helped in a big way. Though I was quick to point out it could have been the placebo effect but like I said in that review – it worked so I didn’t care!!!

The Medipen is of interest to the NHS and for that reason I was extremely keen to try it out.

I have had the kit now for three weeks and during that time I’ve used it regularly – in particular during an extremely sore three days of back spasms.

I’m not sure if it’s because the Medipen seems to meter out the doses and has a much tighter draw than I like, but I found getting any kind of relief a real effort.

In my case the last thing I need during pain management is to ‘work hard’ to get it.

Hand on heart here and I can say the CBD had an effect on the pain – it certainly helped my muscles relax – but unlike the Kanavapes version the pain was still on a scale of 7 out of 10 whilst the former regularly dropped it down to a manageable 5 out of ten.

As to the flavours – I’m sorry but the three supplied were a little too sickly sweet – give me the unflavoured hemp anytime. This is of course a subjective thing, however.

Pros

  • Nice design
  • Handy tin
  • Choice of flavours

Cons

  • Metered doses
  • Draw to tight for me
  • Expensive
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Neil H
I began vaping over 6 years ago and found it easy to give up a 40 per day roll-up habit! DTL: Lost Vape DNA75C BF - Dead Rabbit SQ - MTL: JacVapour Sandstorm DNA 75 + Vandy Vape Berserker...Beater set-up Yosta Livepor 160w + Geekvape Zeus RTA - I'm a former journalist and now a sort of writer and author...I now have a beard - though not a hipster one - mine looks like a dead badgers bum or as I call it 'distinguished'... I'm an Army veteran - adore dogs and never happier than with a good book on a beach.

18 COMMENTS

  1. I was wandering if anyone else experiences an itchy nose and sneezing at times ? I find i get a better sleep than I have for years which is great so hope thst thus sensation passes soon.

  2. The Medipen company did seem to make claims that they were being trialed by the NHS and lots of mainstream UK media ran the story too – I have since heard this isnt true?
    However that makes no difference to me as the Medipen along with Holland and Barrett have helped take away some of the stigma of CBD oil and make it more mainstream.
    The article in the Daily Mail (not my normal read but someone shared it with me) about Medipen got me interested in CBD and what it can do. Because of this I did lots of research and I now vape CBD regularly.
    There are now a lot of companies offering this – and some cheaper and better quality so do a bit of research – but the Medipen really did help raise awareness.

  3. was wonderin if the medipen could help calm my tinintus down? as i developed this dippressin condition after takein medication after a heart valve replacement .

    • Not sure on that if I’m honest – as I said in the review there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence of the benefits of CBD however given we’re not medical practitioners we can’t advise on the effect it may have on any conditions – sorry and good luck 🙂

  4. Sooo…. Medipen was neither trialled nor tested by the NHS

    why would you claim that is the case … also why would they more to the point….. oh right its to make money …. out of people pain.

    • Frank, in answer to your first statement; according to many articles from major news outlets they were being trialled by the NHS
      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/medipen-the-nhs-are-testing-a-cannabis-product-vaporiser-for-the-first-time-a7191511.html

      Reading more into though there does seem to be an issue surrounding that claim so we will have a further look into that.

      “I found getting any kind of relief a real effort”
      “the pain was still on a scale of 7 out of 10”
      “As to the flavours – I’m sorry but the three supplied were a little too sickly sweet”

      I wouldn’t say that Neil was overly impressed with this product when compared to the other CBD devices he has used.

    • As Jonny said above it was in lots of newspapers that the NHS were trialling Medipen – I read an article myself which led me into looking into CBD for myself – like you I have now heard they never were – I dont know which to believe.

  5. Thank you so much for taking your time to clearly and concisely explain the pros and cons of the medi-pen.

    I was in so much pain this morning (fibromyalgia) and was ready to order this medi-pen now.

    I had emailed the company with a few simple questions a few days ago but received no response.

    After putting the blocks on my desperation I will do some more research as they are supremely expensive, and I would be very disappointed if my experience was similar to yours. Good luck with your quest for pain management. Jo

  6. Thought i would leave a review based on my own experience with this product. I am not affiliated with this company in any way and my review is as honest as i can make it.

    So a little about me.
    I am 42 years old, i have got a herniated disc lower L4, L5 and S1. I have nerve damage in my left leg due to this and no reflex action in my knee or ankle. I have Tendonitis in both forearms, RSI and Rotator Cuff problems. I’ve suffered with Insomnia for 8 years and have Central Serous Retinopathy in my left eye due to stress. I also suffer with slight depression and anxiety.

    Medication.

    I take the the following:
    Trifluperazine, Citalopram, Gabantin, Pregabalin, Neproxin.

    So in my younger years i was a smoker, (clean for 10 years) and i also used to smoke Marijuana on a regular basis, just for recreation. I smoked this for about 7 years or so.

    I looked into Medipen as i wanted to start to come away from all the medication and hopefully get a little pain relief, stress relief and help with my sleeping. The reviews seemed pretty good from quite a lot of people. You must understand that in no way was my intention to get high, this part does not interest me which is why i wanted to give it a go.

    So i ordered my starter pack, which came through quite quick. I was a little sceptical about paying by bank transfer but all was ok.

    Based on reviews i found that people where taking 3-6 puffs in the morning and the same in the evening for pain relief and help with sleep, so i thought that would be a good place to start.

    The draw was fine, a little tight maybe but i have never tried a Vaping machine before so i can only base that on a real cigarette. The smell was similar to what marijuana used to smell like but when exhaling the smell was gone.

    I felt nothing at all. A few hours later i thought i would give it another go but this time keeping it all in for a little longer.

    Again i felt nothing.

    The following day i tried this time to spend a little more time on it and smoke it almost like a real cigarette, again nothing.

    The entire vial of oil lasted 3 days. Maybe my expectations were a little to much for this but i can honestly say that i have no idea what this stuff is supposed to do? It did nothing for my pain relief at all. Nothing for my sleep and nothing for my depression or anxiety.

    Without sounding too harsh, i wasted my money buying this it did absolutely nothing.

    I would say to anyone that is looking into this so called legal Marijuana, spend a little caution before you buy it and i question anyone that has similar or worse problems than me who say they have virtually come off all their medication because of this so called wonder drug.

    • I have weaned myself off all medication due to side effects, after years of being prescribed numerous different antidepressants morphine propranolol Pregabaline & more.

      I started the medipen after & yes it does help, I no longer feel like death everyday it’s a godsend.

      Unfortunately it won’t work if you’re on so many meds which is why I weaned myself off all mine prior.

      I’m concerned you used a full cartridge in 3days you were clearly not using it correctly I’m still on my first cartridge 5wks later & I use it all the time!

      You also have to give it time to work it can take upto a month before you reap the benefits. Sorry but you clearly didn’t watch the videos on how to use this CBD Vapouriser which is why it didn’t work for you.

      Sending good wishes to you.

      • Yeah I was a little quick with the device as it was my first time – since then I use a different kit and do indeed take my time.

        Glad it’s helping.

    • Sounds like it wasnt strong enough for you – its like alcohol – every one has a different tollerance level – Im tall and fat yet I have zero alcohol tollerance – Im drunk just opening the lid of a bottle – so it might be worth trying something stronger – spend the money on the CBD vaping oil and just buy a cheap vaping kit – look on here for some starter kits – get a good brand name – Smok, Kanger, Eleaf, Innokin etc – I think the hardware of companies like Medipen is over priced and also having pre filled cartridges you are then tied to their liquid – not much good if you want to experiment with brands and strengths etc.
      However for some the Medipen does work – they dont want the hassle of buying kit and bottles and refilling and the strength is fine for them – so there is a place in the market for devices like this. xx

  7. Hi, I am trying to research into these to see if they are ok to use with the new Drug/Drive Laws, but am struggling to find anything?

    • I don’t know about the drug-drive laws in your country/area – however I can say that I did not feel drowsy using CBD oil. Instead of that drowsy/dreamy high users of cannabis get I just felt a sense of calm if that makes sense. Even though the bit that makes cannabis users high is removed completely I’d still check with the supplier.

    • If you can find out what substances they test for in the drug tests it might help and lots of CBD companies do display their lab results.
      For instance THC is the illegal part in the UK so drug tests would be looking for that. In order for a CBD liquid to be legal it has to have below a specified level of THC – so if this threshold is lower than the drug tests look for then it should be safe. CBD is the other substance to see if they test for – again different strength liquids may be above or below that threshold – have a look at the lab results for each liquid and compare to what they are drug testing for.

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