One of the drawbacks of inhaling cannabis for medical reasons is that it’s hard to control the dose. It’s easier to know how much you are consuming with legally acquired cannabis in edibles, powders, tinctures, gel caps and other forms.
But inhaling cannabis can be a precisely controlled way to access its health benefits. Last September, Medical Cannabis by Shoppers announced an exclusive partnership with dosist, a company that offers unique dose pens to deliver precise amounts of its targeted formulations of cannabis.
While dosist products are widely used in the recreational market, the company also holds the health and wellness needs of Canadians close to its heart.
“One of the reasons I joined this company was because it was less about trying to get people high and more about using cannabis as a tool to empower them to manage their health and happiness,” says Lenny Louis, the chief commercial officer (CCO) at dosist. “We want to break the stigma [of using cannabis for medical purposes].”
He adds: “There are a lot of people out there who want to try cannabis for pain, anxiety, sleep disorders and other health reasons.”
Precise, Dosage-Controlled Technology
Since launching in 2016, Dosist has received accolades for its dose pens, designed to deliver precise doses of cannabis formulations, each and every time. The company was hailed by Time Magazine for best invention, named by Fast Company as one of 2018’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies and was ranked by LinkedIn as the number two Top Startup on the top 50 list of hottest U.S. companies to work for.
The dose pens use a sophisticated vaporization technology to activate the key cannabis compounds in the company's formula pods. A custom microcontroller limits the amount of vapor that is expelled with each draw to exactly 2.5 mg. Once the controlled dose is inhaled, the pen vibrates a gentle alert and then shuts off automatically.
“The dose control does two things: One it provides repeatability and consistency. And two, it optimizes the experience,” explains Louis. “The reason I say that is sometimes, if you have a vape, you can draw on it too hard and burn everything, and the device gets too hot.” The dose pens ensure that users are “not burning off the very key ingredients that help with their ailments — like the terpenes and the cannabinoids, which have to be treated very sensitively.”
The dose pens are available in disposable and new rechargeable models, The rechargeable pen holds up to 200 doses of a cannabis formula (dosist formula pods are sold separately), while the disposable model holds 100.
Taking the Guesswork Out of the Cannabis Experience
The dosist cannabis formulas contain only distilled cannabis oil and botanical terpenes, made from all-natural plant material. To ensure their safety and consistency, and that they are free of contaminants, the formulas undergo multiple lab tests throughout their production cycle.
The dosist formulas are available in different potencies (determined by their level of THC, the ingredient in cannabis associated with psychoactive effects), and are designed for different experiences, drawing on the best available research studies, cannabis analytics and customer data.
Louis points out that each of the formulas is specifically named to give some indication about what it was designed for. “The average consumer can’t be expected to be an expert on how [medical cannabis] works, knowing everything about the cannabinoid system, terpenes and so on,” he says. “We wanted to be more approachable and think about it from an outcome perspective.”
The five dosist core formulas at Shopper Drug Mart include:
- Calm (1:6 THC-to-CBD ratio) — designed to help relax mind and body
- Soothe (2:1 THC-to-CBD ratio) — designed to help ease the body naturally
- Rest (8:1 THC-to-CBD radio) — designed to help you feel rested
- Bliss (9:1 THC-to-CBD ratio) — designed to help you feel just the right amount of good
- Arouse (10:1 THC-to-CBD ratio) —designed to help awaken senses and stimulate the mind
Doist also offers three new THC-plus formulas through Shoppers:
- Bliss thc-plus — an invigorating blend of high-potency cannabis designed to deliver feelings of euphoria and energy
- Arouse thc-plus — a balanced blend of high-potency cannabis designed to deliver feelings of stimulation and clarity
- Relax thc-plus — a tranquil blend of high-potency cannabis designed to deliver feelings of ease and relaxation
Order Dosist Cannabis Products
If you are 65 or older, you are able to go to the Shoppers Senior Care gateway, powered by HelloMD. In the privacy of your home you will receive a call from an authorized healthcare practitioner and find out everything you want to know about dosist and other medical cannabis products. Once authorized, you can order the cannabis products you want by phone or online, and they will be delivered safely to your doorstep.