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.
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 leaflet
Other flavoured Medipen refill cartridges are available to buy separately.
For the purpose of review I received:
- Bubble Gum
- Mint Choc Chip
- Cherry Cola
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Nice design
- Handy tin
- Choice of flavours
- Metered doses
- Draw to tight for me