The popularity of cannabis has increased substantially over the years, providing users with a unique alternative to smoking. Vape pens are more discreet, incredibly convenient, and the vapor is much easier on your lungs. Many vape pens are rechargeable, meaning you can reuse it again and again. When your cannabis cartridge runs out, you can replace it with a new one. Choosing a cartridge, however, can be challenging with all of the options available on the market.
What Is a Cannabis Cartridge?
A cannabis cartridge is a small, pre-filled container that typically holds a half gram or a whole gram of cannabis oil that attaches to a vape pen battery. The battery powers the atomizer in the cartridge, which heats the oil and transforms it into an inhalable vapor. As you inhale, the cannabinoids enter your lungs and absorb into your bloodstream to provide the desired effects.
Tips for Choosing the Right Cartridge
With so many cartridges on the market, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Here are a few tips to help you choose:
1. What’s It Made Out Of?
Examine the material of the cannabis cartridge. The best ones are acrylic or glass. Avoid those made from plastic. You should also ask about the wick if its material isn’t readily apparent. Cheap coils often have heavy metals in them, which can contaminate your oil and vapor.
2. Look at the Threading
The threading of the cartridge should fit that of your battery. 510 is the universal threading. A 510 battery will work with any cartridge with the same threading (they don’t have to be the same brand). Some batteries have unique threading and will only work with the same brand cartridges. Make sure the threading of any cart you choose matches that of your battery.
3. CO2 Vs. Distillate
High-grade CO2 oils retain some of the terpenes found in the original plant. They not only act as thinning agents, ensuring the optimal viscosity of the oil, but they also give the oil its signature flavor and aroma. Distillates are highly refined oils that contain pure cannabinoids and little else.
4. What’s the Strain?
The oils in cartridges come from a variety of strains. The different strains have different CBD to THC ratios and different terpene profiles. As such, they provide different effects. Check the strain to make sure it’ll give you the results you need.
5. Consider the Cutting Agents
Some cannabis oils contain cutting agents, which help to produce the viscosity necessary for optimal vaping. Common agents include polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and vegetable glycerine. Many CO2 oils maintain their natural terpenes and, as such, don’t require any thinning agents.
6. Full-Spectrum Vs. Broad Spectrum
Another thing to consider is whether the oil is a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum. The cannabinoid and terpene profile of full-spectrum oils is similar to the original plant. Broad-spectrum oils are similar, except that they don’t have any THC. You may also find isolate oils, such as CBD-only or THC oils. Some oils have terpenes added in to enhance the flavor, aroma, and effects.
Find Your Cannabis Cartridge
With some careful consideration, you can find a cannabis vape cartridge that meets your needs and provides you with the best possible experience. If you’re unsure of what to buy, don’t hesitate to ask your budtender for some help.