It’s not unusual for a company to assert that it’s doing something “completely new” in its space, but it’s far less common for that claim to check out. In the case of Bongdrops, a growth rate of 348% in just six months suggests that the brand tapped into a genuine need: giving smokers the option to enhance their experience in a holistic, healthy way.
The Texas-based company creates organic, all-natural flavor drops and oils for cannabis, which let their customers access various tastes and aromas without exposing themselves to harmful chemicals along the way. But the idea wasn’t always the no-brainer it now appears to be. Let’s take a look at how Bongdrops got started, how the business achieved such quick success, and what to expect over the coming years.
Identifying a gap in the market
Like many great companies, the idea for Bongdrops emerged when its founders faced a very real problem: the lack of legitimate options for health-conscious cannabis smokers hoping to enhance or diversify their experience.
Many smokers like to use drops to mix things up and add something new — whether they opt to accentuate the existing weed flavor or add a whole new aroma (such as fruits or candies). This might sound similar to the liquids used in vaping devices, but these e-juices contain high numbers of chemicals, so flavor drops are often seen as a more appealing alternative. Yet the truth is, they’re far from perfect.
More people have become aware of the problem over recent years, but a real solution failed to emerge — until now.
Bongdrops founders Phillip and Austin were part of the cannabis community, so after facing this very issue themselves and noticing their peers experience the same frustration, they realized they’d identified a gap in the market. The idea for holistic, high-quality flavor drops was born, and the rest was history.
“The cannabis community has extremely high standards and expectations. This is why we decided to go with all-natural and USDA organic flavors and oils,” says founder Phillip James.
The two men knew that coming up with a convincing solution would be an ambitious objective, but they were determined to rid the cannabis world of questionable chemicals.
Smoking oils have a health problem
Although there’s no shortage of places to buy flavored smoking oils and drops, most of the products on the market contain some less-than-savory chemicals; in many cases, substances that aren’t even supposed to be ingested.
For instance, many brands of weed drops contain carrier agents like propylene glycol: a chemical also found in antifreeze, asthma inhalers, and food additives. While considered harmless in small doses, this chemical isn’t safe for the lungs if they’re exposed for prolonged periods and can have long-term health effects.
Even worse, some drops contain diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent that’s toxic for humans. There are also diketones (propionyl, diacetyl, and acetoin) to worry about, which aren’t allowed in food products in the US but are currently allowed in inhalation products.
Why should anyone have to take these kinds of risks?
Then there are the usual suspects like CBD, THC, and nicotine.
While CBD is often marketed as a magical cure-all for various health conditions and has quickly become a staple in the wellness world, not everyone wants to be exposed to a substance with known side effects. Everyone reacts differently. Cannabidiol is also unregulated by the FDA, so many products containing it may not be exactly what customers expect.
Similarly, THC (or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the other active ingredient in marijuana, is a psychoactive substance with possible adverse effects related to lung health. While most cannabis users agree the benefits outweigh the risks for THC and CBD, others may prefer to keep their exposure to a minimum.
Finally, the negative effects of nicotine hardly need recounting.
This might sound like a long list of problems to worry about, but there’s good news for smokers — a solution is on the horizon.
Why Bongadrops are different
Enter in Bongadrops, the flavor drops containing no nicotine, CBD, THC, or nasty chemicals. Instead, the product adds flavor to marijuana and tobacco in the most natural way possible, using nothing but carefully vetted ingredients.
Everything found in Bongadrops is organic-certified by the USDA and Oregon Tilth (another leading certifier for agricultural products), which guarantees that nothing but the highest-quality ingredients have been used.
Today, Bonagrops are available in a wide variety of flavors, including peppermint, banana, fruit punch, grape, and watermelon sugar (among others). Most devices only require one or two drops, and they’re suitable for any glass smoking devices (but not plastic or electronic devices such as those used for vaping).
If the response to the product is anything to go by, the drops are a resounding success — despite their discerning audience. Bongadrops has accumulated more than one thousand Twitter followers and gained hundreds of happy customers from across the globe.
“Building a business is not easy, especially within the cannabis industry and community. Thankfully, our product has been welcomed and loved by both,” says the founder.
After experiencing such quick growth, an onlooker might expect that the company would be happy to coast for a while.
But Bongdrops isn’t ready to stop there. The company hopes to land on the shelves of major retailers, including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and more. Considering they’re already in talks with some well-known dispensaries, this is more than just a pipedream.
“Bongdrops looks forward to the introduction of more products, flavors, and markets in the coming months,” says Phillip. So, watch this space.
Join the next generation of smoking
The last few years have been filled with innovations in the world of smoking and cannabis, but it seems that the best is still to come. Chemicals have long posed a serious problem, and brands like Bongadrops are helping to overcome it.
Whether that means continued three-figure growth numbers (or more), only time will tell — but the company has certainly earned itself a loyal fan base.
Anyone interested in getting their hands on these healthy smoking drops will be pleased to know that all flavors can be purchased online, with shipping available to customers around the world. Unopened products can also be returned within 30 days of purchase.