The Future Looks Laid Back
PAX Eras are the way of the future, and this upbeat sativa pod showed me the way.
I remember puffing a vaporizer for the first time around six years ago and thinking, this is insane. Also, this is the future. I feel like the PAX Era is an evolution of the small, disposable pens and the screw-on cartridges that are now common to dispensaries. It feels even more futuristic somehow. It’s button-free, connects to an app for temperature control, and looks like something out of Star Trek—all major pluses in my book.
“I admired the light amber oil and tiny, cute palm tree printed on the canister.”
I recently tried Island’s Lemon Wreck PAX Era Pod and it confirmed my suspicions this tool is indeed the way of the future. In case you didn’t know, Island established themselves as a premium cannabis brand four years ago in Los Angeles. While they’ve primarily offered flower and pre-rolls in the past, their venture into cartridges is a welcome departure. Holding the pod up to the sunlight, I admired the light amber oil and tiny, cute palm tree printed on the canister. The small, stamp-sized cartridge snapped into the PAX Era easily and with a little suck of the pen, I was off to the races. I made my wife breakfast and got to work, writing a blog while listening to Japanese city pop and feeling a wave of ideas and connections wash over me.
It tasted smooth, slightly warm, and citrusy with sweet overtones. The vapor felt like a fuzzy, lemon-flavored cotton candy. I have no idea why, but a lot of vaporizer fluids taste like licorice to me and this one was no exception. I think it might be propylene glycol (an additive designed to help products retain moisture), but luckily for me, I tend to like the taste. In this particular scenario, it tasted smooth and accentuated the dominant sweet and sour Lemon Wreck flavor. Still, there wasn’t much of a lingering smell, which was a positive to me. I’m a big fan of discreet vaporizers and this one hit the nail on the head in that regard. It fit comfortably in a pocket and unlike some portable vapes, I wasn’t worried about it leaking. For a few weeks, everywhere I went, this PAX went with me.