Each year, Time selects 25 inventions that stand out. This year’s selections included a folding bike helmet, stealth solar panels, self-tying shoes, an artificial pancreas and more. What caught our attention, though, was the inclusion of hmbldt vape pens, which were recently launched in California. That’s right, Time, which headlined the selection as “Cannabis That Could Replace Pills”, thought a device built to deliver precise doses of cannabis extracts intended to produce specific feelings was one of the most interesting inventions of the year.
The device is truly one-of-a-kind, the first to use haptic technology, with the vape pen vibrating when the proper dose has been delivered. While the company is working on a rechargeable device, the current pen is disposable (the company has a recycling program that encourages consumers to return the used pens).
The initial four formulas target contentment, sound sleep, calmness and pain relief, and hmbldt is developing formulas for energy, focus and control.
While the selection by Time is a big honor for hmbldt, it also is yet another sign of the normalization of the cannabis industry. Next thing you know, the New York Stock Exchange will greenlight a cannabis REIT (for real!).
Read “The 25 Best Inventions of 2016”: http://time.com/4572079/best-inventions-2016/