As a cannabis journalist I do have the pleasure of trying a variety of cannabis products. These can vary from edibles, tinctures, cartridges, vapes, papers, lube and much much more. However, it has to be said, being from and living in London does not always make this the easiest of ordeals. Unless the specific products contain less than 0.3% THC then it is going to be more difficult to get a hold of in the UK. Nonetheless, I do try my fair share of products and every so often I want to aim to shine a light on the best product I’ve tried. Today, I want to shine a light on Nectar Medical Vapes’ cartridge vaporizer: the Honeybee. This product has been nothing short of a life-saver for myself and my girlfriend and here’s why.
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Laws in the UK
Vaporizers – be they for cannabis or tobacco, dry of carts – are legal in the UK. Of course, this is no surprise. Why would an electronic device that doesn’t contain any substances be illegal? Whilst vaporizers are legal to purchase and sell in the UK, much like the rest of the world, the substances that go in them are not. To be specific, any product that contains more than 0.2% THC is illegal in the UK. Not only that, but CBD flowers or buds are also illegal. This is another example of a confusing law made by the UK. Despite the fact that CBD is a legal cannabinoid, CBD buds are banned. Kloris writes:
“While these regulations do allow for CBD purchases, the problem lies in the fact that stalk, seeds, and fibre of hemp contain very little CBD when compared to the cannabinoid-rich plant flowers and leaves…because CBD flower comes from a prohibited part of hemp plants, even though it may contain no more than 0.2% THC, it can’t legally be sold.”
That being said, medical cannabis is legal in the UK. Therefore, if you’re able to receive a prescription, it’s likely that you’ll be able to access both CBD and THC cannabis to use as medication. However, the National Health Service does not currently offer any viable prescription services for cannabis medicines. In addition, for those specialist doctors that do offer cannabis prescriptions, the prices are often so extortionate that it makes it an impossible option. This means that there are around 1.4 million people in the UK who are forced to find cannabis illegally – through street dealers and the dark web – in order to access their much-needed medication. The issue is, this can put these people at risk of receiving fines and prosecutions. But, fortunately, it does seem that the UK police are beginning to become more lenient towards people with small amounts of cannabis. CBD Sloth writes:
“If you have a very small quantity, which broadly means less than an ounce (28g), then the police will normally accept it is just for personal use and will issue with a warning and potentially an on-the-spot fine.”
I know what you’re thinking. UK cannabis laws are confusing. You’re not wrong. That’s what makes Nectar Medical Vapes such an interesting company. They sell a product that is technically legal, but the substances that go inside it are not. Before we learn more about them and their product the Nectar Hive – which I love – let’s first understand better what a vaporizer actually is.
What is a Vaporizer?
A vaporizer is an electronic device that heats up tobacco or cannabis buds or carts and turns them into vapour, which can then be inhaled. Vaporizers came about and have gained popularity as a replacement for smoking. When you light a cigarette or a joint you release dangerous and cancerous carcinogens through the process of combustion, this can be highly damaging for the body. However, vaping avoids the process of combustion. That’s not to say that vaping is 100% healthy, but it does avoid those specific smoking problems. Hopkins Medicine writes:
“E-cigarettes heat nicotine (extracted from tobacco), flavorings and other chemicals to create an aerosol that you inhale. Regular tobacco cigarettes contain 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic”
Cannabis vapes come in basic two forms: the dry herb vaporizer and the cartridge vaporizer. Dry herb vapes have an oven chamber where the buds are placed and heated up to be inhaled. Cartridge vapes have a battery, which attaches to small cartridges and heats them up. These cartridges can be filled up with a variety of cannabis oils. Cartridge vapes tend to be more popular in countries that have legalized cannabis and have a proper cartridge industry. In the UK, it’s harder to get ahold of decent THC oil. However, despite the fact this product comes from the UK, for me, the Nectar Hive is worth shouting about.
Nectar Medical Vapes
Nectar Medical Vapes are one of the UK’s leading cannabis vaporizer companies. They sell an impressive selection of dry herb vaporizers, and are now beginning to release their cartridge vapes too. Not only that, they also sell several rosin presses and CBD cream and edibles. As a company, Nectar is ahead of their time – trying to push for a world where cannabis in the UK is fully legal. Of course, in the US, cannabis is legal in the majority of states and – as such – the vaporizer industry is booming. In the US, cannabis vapes are a hugely successful market. In fact, in 2020 Million Insights reported that the cannabis vaporizer market was worth 9.9 billion, and was expected to grow by 6% every year from 2021 to 2028. In the UK, there isn’t really much of a cannabis vape market yet. Therefore, Nectar is competing with the US market with their products. Yet they don’t disappoint.
The Nectar Honeybee cartridge vaporizer is my product of the month because it is easy to use, and has a simple yet slick design. I’ve tried my fair share of vaporizers and this product is at the top. The Honeybee has a 1ml capacity, a reliable 800mAh battery life and a very cool-looking LED design. It has a magnetic attachment to the cartridge and also vibrates and lights up when you connect it to the device. In other words, it’s totally awesome.
The Honeybee vaporizer is unique because it originates from a country where discreteness is key. Unlike in the US, where large clouds and industrial-sized vapes are popular, in the UK it’s the complete opposite. Vaporizers cannot be obvious in their design. This means that the vape design needs to be slick and not draw attention to itself. That’s what I love about the Nectar Honeybee. It doesn’t scream ‘cannabis’ as you inhale. It does it’s job and it’s modest about it. Nectar write:
“The Honeybee was designed to be discreet, compact, reliable and most importantly; efficient, both in terms of battery life and oil usage”
The vaporizer allows for any cannabis oils and also comes with a few replacement cartridges in case you lose yours or need to replace them. In addition, Nectar offers a 2 year warranty and 24/7 customer support. It’s evident that they care, not only about their customers but also for their products. I often message the CEO of Nectar, Mario, about the product. I ask for advice or tips on how to get the most out of the vaporizer – he’s always happy to answer questions.
I first bought the vaporizer as a gift for my girlfriend who was suffering from some pains. She wanted to avoid using opioids, and instead use cannabis. I’d heard of Nectar and decided on the Honeybee as I knew that cartridge vaporizers were something I hadn’t tried as much. Also, the product was only £30.00. For a reliable, slick and quality vaporizer – that price is an absolute steal. Myself and my girlfriend both loved it.
If you’re a vaporizer lover who wants to try something born and bred in the UK… the Honeybee is definitely worth a purchase. For me, it’s the best vape I’ve tried in a while and it hasn’t let me down yet. It’s deservedly my product of the month for April 2022.
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