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Getting a consistently accurate dose of THC or CBD while vaping can be difficult, and can involve a lot of guesswork. Hand-held vaporizers and vape pens are so convenient to use it is easy to accidentally consume more than you were planning on. Also, since your dose is heavily influenced by so many converging factors like cannabinoid percentages, draw time, and the weight of your material, for most people the dose per hit varies greatly and is nearly impossible to keep track of. But what if there was a way to know exactly how much of those cannabinoids you were actually getting with every draw? It might seem like science fiction, but now with DaVinci, you can do just that.
When it comes to other forms of medication, dosage is treated with paramount importance. The prescriptions you pick up from the pharmacy have very specific dosing instructions that are not intended to be deviated from—and for good reason. Taking too much, or too little of a drug can have inadvertent consequences and can greatly reduce the efficacy of treatment. Even with something as benign as Tylenol, you wouldn’t just start popping pills all willy-nilly without first reading the instructions now, would you? So why would we treat cannabis any differently?
Even cannabis consumers who are using herb purely for recreation should be able to attest to the importance of proper dosing. There’s nothing pleasant about getting too high. While studies show that both THC and CBD can be used to help relieve stress and anxiety, too much THC can leave users feeling highly anxious and paranoid, or overly sedated and lethargic. The reason behind this broad spectrum of seemingly disparate effects is due to the biphasic nature of cannabinoids.
Consuming cannabinoids at higher doses can have exactly the opposite effects of consuming them at lower doses—a phenomenon referred to as the biphasic effect. Plenty of other compounds create the biphasic effect. Take alcohol for example: drinking a beer or two might make you feel more gregarious and sociable, but drink too many, and next thing you know you’re feeling increased agitation, or even physically sick.
This biphasic effect in cannabis creates what is sometimes referred to as the therapeutic window, which describes the range from the lowest effective dose to the highest effective dose without adverse side effects. The therapeutic window is the sweet spot—a kind of cannabis nirvana that can be reached through consistent and accurate dosing. Hitting that sweet spot using concentrates or dry flower has historically been difficult, but by using the dose control feature of the DaVinci IQ 2 you can be sure of how much THC or CBD you’re taking in with each session, allowing for a precision of dosing that traditional pipes or vaporizers just can’t offer.
Every individual is going to have a different therapeutic window. Factors like body mass, tolerance, mindset, and setting influence the amount of cannabinoids needed to receive desired benefits, as well the tipping point where higher doses begin to diminish therapeutic effects. When the cannabinoid receptors in our brains are overstimulated by high doses of cannabis, those receptors retract and begin to lessen the effects of subsequent cannabis usage. In other words, you begin to build up a tolerance.
Because every cannabis user has a unique set of circumstances that influence the ideal dosage, pharmacists recommend starting at a low dose and slowly titrating over time. So the idea is you consume a little bit of cannabis, see if there’s any adverse reactions, and if not, consume a little more the next day. Rinse and repeat until you find the dose that works best for you.
Titrating your dose is simple with something like an edible, or sublingual, where you know each drop, or each gummy, will have the same amount of cannabinoids, but how can it be done precisely with dry flower or concentrates? How can you be consistent in your dosing when the amount of cannabinoids can vary greatly between each hit of a bowl or vaporizer? That’s where DaVinci comes in!
DaVinci has been creating some of the best vaporizers on the market since 2012, and their newest masterpiece, the IQ 2, might just be the best one yet. Its adjustable airflow and precision temperature control allow you to customize your cannabis experience like never before. The medical-grade components that comprise the IQ 2 are designed not to adulterate the pure taste of your cannabis, and its ceramic air-tight pathway ensures you savor every last bit of that delicious toke. It’s easy to clean and backed up by a ten-year warranty, so you know it’s built to last, but the most exciting feature of the IQ 2 might be its innovative dose calculating technology.
For the first time ever, cannabis users are able to report and track the potency of each hit they take. The DaVinci IQ 2 uses an algorithm that takes into account the potency of the flower or concentrate being used, the length of your draw up to twelve seconds, the temperature setting, and the length of time your material has already been under heat to calculate a precise dose per draw. It then cumulates that data to give you an accurate calculation of dose per session. All this information can then be stored and tracked in the DaVinci IQ 2 Mobile App to help users find their ideal dose, and consistently administer it.
First, click the control button twice to activate the On Device Dosage Mode. The LED lights of the IQ 2 will then flash the words NEW. If this is your first session using the contents of the oven, click the control button once to confirm the new bowl. If it’s not, use the navigation buttons to select 2ND or 3RD depending on where you’re at in the session. It’s important to note here that the DaVinci IQ 2 can not calculate extract dosage after the first draw, or dry herb after the third draw, as the cannabinoid content will have been depleted to negligible levels.
Next, the LED lights will prompt you to enter the THC percentage of your product by flashing THC once, then a number. Use the navigation buttons to select the THC levels, then press the control button once to confirm. Next, repeat this same process to enter the CBD levels of your product when prompted by the LED screen.
Now it’s time to enter the amount loaded. The LED screen will flash with an oven—a small oven for concentrates, or a large oven for dry herb. The oven displayed will be determined by the initial percentage entered. Percentages higher than fifty will select the concentrate oven, and percentages lower than fifty will select the dry herb oven. Use the navigation buttons to select the amount of product you’ve loaded, and now you’re ready to go. When you’re finished with your session, power down your IQ 2, and the LED screen will flash the cumulative dosage.
The DaVinci IQ 2 is a one of a kind product with the potential to revolutionize the way we consume cannabis. Pick one up today and experience a never-before-seen control over your vaporizing experience!
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