With the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in California (and other states across the country), the cannabis industry has exploded with new products. While smoking is still a popular choice, vaping and vape cartridges have grown substantially in popularity. If you’re interested in a THC vape cartridge, here are a few insights to keep in mind.
There Are Several Types of Cartridges on the Market
A THC vape cartridge is one of many ways to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. A standard cartridge consists of a mouthpiece and chamber that has a heating element in it. The chamber holds the cannabis oil.
The cartridge attaches to a battery, which makes the entire device look similar to a pen. Some batteries are button-activated, while others work using auto-draw. Batteries are rechargeable, and you can charge yours by plugging into a USB charger.
These pen-style vape cartridges are just one of the many options available on the market. Several companies are coming out with their own versions. Some look like pens, while others look like small pods. Where many 510 thread cartridges work with 510 batteries, many of these products only work using batteries made by the same company.
Disposables Are a Thing
Disposable vape pens have become increasingly popular. The pens come with pre-filled cartridges already attached to a pre-charged battery. It’s ready to use right out of the box, which eliminates the need to wait to use it once you buy it. As soon as the oil is gone, you can get rid of the entire pen. While regulations make it difficult, some dispensaries may offer recycling programs, so it’s worth looking into, especially if you’re concerned about throwing the disposable into the trash.
THC Vape Cartridges Have Many Benefits
There are several benefits associated with vape cartridges:
- Vaping isn’t as harsh on the lungs as smoking
- Cartridges are easy-to-use and incredibly convenient
- They’re much more discreet than smoking
- They allow for more accurate dosing, which makes them a good choice for microdosing
There Are Some Drawbacks, Too
As with any other method of cannabis delivery, vape cartridges also have a few drawbacks:
- They can be more expensive than smoking
- They require more maintenance and cleaning
- If you forget to charge your battery, you could run out of power mid-session
What’s Inside Matters
Not all cannabis oils are equal. Different oils use different extraction methods which sometimes involve chemicals such as butane or propane. Some of these products use cutting agents like propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, or vegetable glycerine to create the ideal consistency. They can also turn carcinogenic.
One of the best options is CO2 extracted oils. With CO2 extraction, there are no chemicals used, and the process maintains much of the natural terpene profile. With more terpenes, the oils have the right consistency without the need for cutting agents.
THC vape cartridges provide you with a quick and convenient way to get the benefits of cannabis, whether you’re looking for pain relief or you want to relax. The best way to learn about your options and find the best one for you is to visit your local licensed dispensary and speak with an experienced budtender.