The Best California PAX Pods For Every Mood
by Ben Karris
May 20, 20195 minute read

Whether you're looking to meet a deadline or relax after a long week, there's a PAX pod ready to help.

If you’ve been to any event or party even tangentially related to the cannabis industry, then you’ve likely seen scores of people puffing on a sleek vaporizer that sort of looks like the alien-crafted monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Make no mistake, this posh paraphernalia isn’t your average pen; it’s the PAX Era. And the device’s growing popularity should come as no surprise once you learn a thing or two about it.

To give you a little background, PAX has been a forerunner in the portable vaporizer game since the company first launched in 2007. The Stanford grads who started the California-based brand wanted to merge design and experience for each of the PAX devices. The Era empowers discreet, on-the-go extract dosing and stands out as one of the most stylish and high-functioning vaporizers currently on the market. Described by PAX as “a radical new approach to experience concentrates,” the Era is a unique experience in and of itself.

I appreciate that the Era is a relatively inexpensive vaping option for consumers just getting into cannabis.

Of course, it has to have more than just nice aesthetics to be worthwhile. Beyond being feather-light and button-free (users simply inhale), it’s pocket-friendly, which means the Era won’t turn on inside your pants. It even boasts a four-hour battery life, so the device is not going to die after only a few pulls. And like its flower-vaporizing predecessors, the Era is compatible with the PAX mobile app, which enables precise temperature control so you can actually taste the unique flavor profiles of different pods. I also appreciate that the Era is a relatively inexpensive vaping option for consumers just getting into cannabis.

Here’s the thing, though. In lieu of traditional vape cartridges that fit most 510-thread batteries, PAX requires you to buy extract-filled pods that are unique to the device and are easily popped in and out. I’ve found they’ve sidestepped any variety issues in the Era by partnering with different premium brands to provide a wide range of high-quality pods.

If you’re wondering how to navigate all the different pods to figure out which one is the right fit for you, have no fear. Below, you’ll find the top-rated pods in California organized by the feelings and vibes you can expect to get in just a few pulls. And for those of you in San Francisco, I've highlighted which ones you can get delivered directly to your door via Parcel, Proper's highly curated delivery service. 

Wake Up & Go

Rare is it that I'll feel energized from a cannabis product—getting wired off of weed is just not a sensation I experience very often. There are some products, though, that will have me feeling as if I'm going through my day on a higher plane. These contain oils, sauces, and live resin sourced from upbeat strains and blends that will have you on cruise control. Any supercharged feelings are simply par for the course.

Brite Labs’ Chem Dawg PAX Era Pod 

Happy Sticks’ Orange Crush PAX Era Pod

Jetty Extracts' Maui Wowie PAX Era Pod 

Elevate & Create

With these pods, expect a mild, concentrated high that promotes focus and feelings of alertness. Try any of these next time your afternoon is a maze of deadlines and tasks in need of completion. These are ideal for Monday morning wake and bakes. I'm generally skeptical of any cannabis product marketed as inspiring creativity or something that's going to make me, like, want to go on a hike. (This is weed, people, not Adderall.) But these pods, all of which originate from balanced, hybrid strains, should definitely deliver a significant creativity boost.

Jetty Extracts’ Sage & Sour Pax Era Pod

Island’s Lemon Wreck PAX Era Pod

Island's Mango Haze PAX Era Pod 

Calm Down & Chill Out

The non-intoxicating cannabinoid CBD is really having its day in the sun. Over the past few years, we’ve learned more about how beneficial the compound can be in terms of treating anxiety, pain, and inflammation. When combined with small amounts of THC, the real “magic” of cannabis becomes apparent without taking users for a trip through space and time. Whether you are high (on life or other drugs) and are seeking a softer landing, or you simply want to loosen up a little bit, check out these Era pods, all of which contain CBD-rich extract blends.

Jetty Extracts’ Cannatonic PAX Era Pod 

LEVEL’s Remedy 3:1 PAX Era Pod 

Tune Out & Turn Off

High in THC and sourced from indica-dominant strains, the following pods are best enjoyed after sundown as they’re great for sleep, pain, and sore joints. Or perhaps you’re wound tight and need a little help turning off your brain for the evening. These should help with that. Expect a heavier body high that extends from your head to your toes.

Island’s Blackberry OG PAX Era Pod 

Brite Labs’ Forbidden Fruit PAX Era Pod 

Bloom Farms' Plush Berry PAX Era Pod

Whichever you choose, remember it's never a bad idea to start with a few puffs and wait ten minutes before puffing more. Even though the highs we get from vapes often feel instantaneous, they can take a few minutes to fully develop like your favorite mini Polaroids. Go easy, friends, and you can't go wrong. 

Photos by Silas Dunham.

Last updated November 2019.

About the Author

by Ben Karris
May 20, 20195 minute read

Ben Karris is a writer and photographer in Los Angeles, California. His work has been published by VICE, MUNCHIES, KINDLAND, Ratter, and Nanoism, among other publications and websites.

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IslandLemon Wreck PAX Era Pod


IslandBlackberry OG PAX Era Pod


Happy SticksOrange Crush PAX Era Pod


Jetty ExtractsCannatonic PAX Era Pod




Jetty ExtractsMaui Wowie PAX Era Pod


Jetty ExtractsSage N' Sour Pax Era Pod


LEVELRemedy 3:1 PAX Era Pod


Brite LabsChem Dawg PAX Era Pod


Bloom FarmsPlush Berry PAX Era Pod


Brite LabsForbidden Fruit PAX Era Pod


IslandMango Haze PAX Era Pod