Sula Breathable Cannabis
If you want to light a joint, you’ll need a flame.
The reason we ignite our pot is because THC has a combustion point — it isn’t in an active state until it reaches a certainly heat. The same is true of all cannabinoids, which is why we now have temperature-sensitive vaporizing devices capable of letting us decide how intensely to toast our buds.
Combustion is also the reason we infuse cannabis into substances like butter and coconut oil. While the intricacies of how temperature and cannabis interact are vast, the folks at Dispersa Labs have come up with an alternative option advertised as a means of consuming cannabis without a requisite heat source.
Sula, as the brand is known, advertises itself as a “better, safer, more enjoyable way for consumers to access the therapeutic benefits of cannabis with less negative side effects.” No negative side effects are specifically highlighted, but it stands to reason that Sula is posturing itself as a buoy in the flood of worry over the recent vaping illness scare. Using a baseline of common sense, the less ingredients in your cannabis aside from cannabis itself, the better.
This logic works only as well as the device being celebrated as a reliable alternative. Thus, in the case of Sula, the logic is largely paltry.
Essentially, the product consists of powdered THC in capsules and a plastic applicator device. Each dose pack contains ten pills that each have 1 milligram of THC. To use Sula — that name appears to apply to the applicator, specifically — one places a pill in the device, pushes down, and breathes in.
By depressing two buttons on either side of Sula (the device does not use electricity) and inhaling, the capsule is broken open, releasing the powder. If you’ve ever tried to eat a beignet topped with powdered sugar, you likely recall the feeling of choking on dust you didn’t intend to inhale. In some ways, Sula requires that the user ignore biological urges to cough or reject the powder once inhaled.
The makers are clearly aware of this issue, as one of the advice tips included in the instruction booklet is devoted to the topic. “On your first few uses,” it notes, “you may feel a natural impulse to cough. If possible try to resist. This impulse diminishes with continued use.”
Okay, so the hope here is that the reward is great enough to justify retraining your muscle memory to not immediately get upset when strange powders hit your bronchial tubes? It feels, at best, like a stretch. The only viable way for this to ever happen would be for the product itself to produce such a wonderful high that the rest of the hassle is undeniably worth it.
The Sula does not produce a wonderful high. If I got high, it was the kind of temporary, confusing altered state where you recognize that something is different but can’t quite settle into what you’re experiencing. It was fleeting (ten minutes tops) and a sensation on par with what one would expect from a company that makes no mention of the farms it sources from in any of its literature.
Likely a small blip on the radar, Sula feels like a valid idea packaged into a novelty product with no satisfactory results. Advantage: joint and flame.
Potency: Each capsule contains 1mg of cannabis, meaning that those who consume cannabis regularly will need to use several per session for any desired effect to take hold.
Appearance: The Sula applicator resembles an asthma inhaler in shape and size. The top lifts off to place in capsules.
Medical application: None. I can’t
imagine a less-subtle way for someone suffering from illness or health issues to consume than to use a Sula. The coughing aspect is very real and unpleasant.
Effect: Muddled if present at all.
Sula Breathable Cannabis is expected to be available later this fall. For the latest updates, visit breathesula.com.