A vape cartridge is a disposable glass cartridge pre-filled with cannabis oil. You use it in conjunction with the vape pen, the cannabis equivalent of an e-cigarette. Vape pens were used to vape nicotine. Since cannabis became legal, they started to become associated with vaping pre-filled cannabis vape oil cartridges.
Vape pens are versatile. You can fit them with different atomizers. You can vape a variety of substances, including nicotine. Today, you can buy vape cartridges containing CBD, THC, delta-8 THC, CBDA, THCV, and more. In this article, we will talk about what the vape pen is, how to use a vape cartridge, and where to find pre-filled cartridges.
What is a Vape Pen?
The vape pen is a device used to vape cannabis products. It acts as a battery or power source to heat a pre-filled vape cartridge. The vape pen is designed to be almost pen-shaped and pocket-sized for portability. It usually comes with a rechargeable battery that you can charge for hundreds of cycles.
The vape pen was used initially to vape nicotine during the popularity of e-cigarettes. Today it is used to vape many other substances, specifically popular cannabinoids like CBD and THC. Vape pens offer better functionality than e-cigarette. They have better battery capacity and allow swapping of atomizers and cartridges.
The Anatomy of the Vape Pen
The mouthpiece is the part where you place your mouth to inhale the vapor produced by the pen. It is also known as the drip tip. It comes in various shapes, sizes, and customization options.
The vape battery is the most vital part of the vape pen because it powers the heating element to vaporize the oil. A fully charged high-quality battery can last for days without recharging.
Vape chargers are usually in USB form, which means you can charge the vape batteries with a power bank, a power outlet, or a laptop.
The vape battery screws into the cart to form a fully functional vaping device.
The cartridge is a pre-filled glass container that you can connect with the vape pen battery, usually through 510 threads. Vape cartridges may contain CBD, THC, CBDA, Delta-8, or other compounds.
The distillation process of cannabis oil may remove all the natural aroma and flavor of the cannabinoids. Hence, the cartridge may contain terpenes for added flavor. It may also be infused with vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, and various substances for a smoother vapor.
You have to buy carts separately and use a vape pen as a battery. Vape pen batteries are usually compatible with 510 threading. Make sure the carts are stored properly when not in use.
The atomizer is the part that turns the oils or e-liquids into vapor. It contains the heating coil and the wick. The oil has to pass through the atomizer before it enters into the mouthpiece. First, the wick delivers the oil to the heating coil. Afterward, the coil heats the oil to produce vapor. You can then inhale the vapor via the mouthpiece.
Rechargeable and Disposable Vape Pens: What’s the Difference
Vape pens can either be rechargeable or disposable. A rechargeable pen is designed for long-term use and can be fitted with different cartridges and atomizers. A vape pen battery can be charged for approximately 300 to 500 cycles, which means you can use a vape pen for more than a year. Low-quality vape pen batteries may only last less than a year.
A disposable vape pen is not refillable or rechargeable. It comprises all the necessary elements of a vape pen, including a pre-filled tank. It also has an internal battery with a battery life just enough to heat all the vape juice.
Disposable vape pens are designed to be thrown away after the vape juice has been used up, which is around 200 to 400 puffs depending on the model. When you want to use a vape pen for a short time, choose the disposable ones.
Draw-activated and Push-button Vape Pens
Draw-activated vape pens are minimalist. They activate whenever you puff on them. There is no need to turn them on or off. They are easy to use but often lack other functionalities. Nonetheless, if you want a simple vaping device without having to learn too many functionalities, this type of pen is for you.
A push-button vape pen has a button that can activate the vaporization process. Usually have to press the power button five times successively to heat the oil and vaporize it.
You can adjust the voltage output by pressing the button thrice in quick succession. Lower voltage means lower temperatures. Higher voltage means higher temperatures.
Other models may come in preheat mode, which you can activate by pressing twice.
How to Use Vape Cartridges
Most vape pens today are designed for refillable cannabis oil carts. They are also compatible with 510-threaded vape carts.
At the bottom of the cartridge is a rubber seal. Take it off and connect the cartridge to the battery. Make sure the cart is connected properly to the pen battery before pressing the push button.
Press the push button five times to activate the heating element and start inhaling. Start puffing just a few mouthfuls and pause for a moment before you exhale. Do not attempt for the second round of small puffs just yet. Allow your body to gauge whether you can take another round, especially if you are new to vaping.
If you are vaping THC or delta-THC, you can get high as quickly as 10-15 minutes. Too much THC or Delta-THC can get you into a euphoric state but may also cause dry mouth, dry eyes, grogginess, sedation, and in worst cases, anxiety.
If you use a pen with voltage settings, start with the lowest voltage to avoid burning the oil too much. Ceramic-based coils may be able to handle more voltage without burning the oil.
What happens if the vape pen is not working? Below are some troubleshooting tips.
Troubleshooting a Vape Pen
When your vape pen is not working, it may be due to one or more of the following instances:
The vape pen is not charged. Rechargeable pens usually have a micro USB charger but some come with a USB-C port charger. Simply plug the device and wait for the indicator light to turn green to signal that it is fully charged.
The cartridge is depleted. When the tank or cartridge no longer has oil, it needs to be refilled or replaced. Buy a new cartridge and connect it to the vape pen. Vape away but start with a small amount to gauge your tolerance.
Defective battery or coil. Sometimes, the coil may be damaged or the battery is already dead and no longer charges. Replace the vape pen battery or the atomizer.
Incompatible vape cartridge. Although you can connect any 510-threaded cartridge into the pen battery, some cartridges may not be compatible and will not heat up. Try another cartridge to see if it works.
The cartridges are not connected properly. When the cartridge is loose, it will not connect properly with the power source. Remove the cartridge and place it back on. Make sure it is not loose.
The push-button is not on. Sometimes, you may not have activated the vape pen with the power button properly. Try hitting the button five times in succession, making sure you are hitting the button properly.
What Vape Products are Available?
THC Vape Cartridges
Vape cartridges are the easiest to vape. You can connect a cannabis vape pen cartridge to a battery in a few seconds and start vaping cannabis. The cannabis vape cartridge may contain THC oil, Delta-8 THC, CBDA, or CBD.
If your goal is to become high, use THC oil cartridges with your vape pen. Check for the potency of the THC weed oil before vaping it. You do not want to get too high on THC because it may cause some nasty side effects.
When vaping THC oil, make sure you do it responsibly. Remember that getting intoxicated with marijuana can affect your motor skills, distort your sense of time and vision.
Delta-8 THC Vape Cartridges
Vaping THC is illegal in some states but you can still get high without any legal consequences. Use Delta-8 THC vape cartridges. Delta-8 is psychoactive at half the potency of THC. Hence, you have to double the dose to get the same potency as Delta-9 THC.
Hash is a cannabis extract that you can smoke, eat, or vape. It contains delta-9 THC, though. Hence, you may not be able to vape it in certain locations. Always check with your state laws on the legality of THC.
CBD Oil Cartridges
Similar to the cannabis oil cartridge, the CBD oil cartridge is a convenient way to consume full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD oil or distillate. CBD products are perfect for people who want to take cannabis for its medical benefits.
CBD Vape Juice
CBD vape juice is an e-liquid that contains CBD. Use it on a standard e-liquid vape pen with a refillable vape tank. CBD vape juice is not oil but liquid designed for vaping. It should not also be confused with CBD tinctures, which are not suitable for vaping.
Cannabis Dabs and Waxes
Dabs and waxes are designed to be vaped using dab pens, which can vaporize cannabis concentrates. These devices are bigger than most pens used. However, they use convection heating, which makes them produce much better vapor quality.
You can also vape dabs and waxes using a much larger tabletop vaporizer. This vaping device is suitable for home use, much like a dab rig and dab tool. Despite its size, some cannabis consumers prefer to use it over other devices because it produces a better vapor than highly portable pens. It also provides heat settings so you can have more control over your vaping experience.
Some vape pens have a heating chamber for dry herbs. However, if you want to vape weed effectively, invest in a dry herb vaporizer. A dry herb vaporizer has a heating chamber that uses convection heating to vaporize the herb. It produces better vapor because it does not incinerate the herb with direct heat contact.
Where to Buy Vape Cartridges
If you are looking for quality vape cartridges, check out our store. Here are two of our most popular vapes:
Our delta-8 cart contains more than 90% concentration of the cannabinoid. It has a ceramic core and ceramic tip for the best performance. It also has a 510 threading to fit most kinds of vape pens out there.
Delta 8 is derived from CBD extracted from legal hemp. Therefore, it is technically legal even in states where THC is banned for recreational use. Although the cannabinoid causes psychoactive effects, it is not explicitly banned by any federal law.
Make sure to vape delta-THC only if you are engaging in relaxing and low-intensity activities. Although Delta-8 is not as potent as delta-9, it will still have a long-lasting relaxing effect on the body that may interfere with your productivity.
If your goal is to experience the relaxing effect of CBD and its many medicinal benefits, you should use the CBDA vape cartridge. It is a blend of CBDA, CBD, and natural terpenes. The deep flavor and the fantastic effects of this premium vape will surprise you.
The cartridge is made with a high-quality ceramic tip for a better vaping experience. It does not contain THC or any other psychoactive substance, which makes it a suitable medical vape. The cartridge is compatible with 510 threading to fit almost any pen.
Using a vape cartridge is easy. Buy the right vape pen and choose your preferred vape oil cartridges to vape. Connect a cartridge to the vape pen and start vaping. Make sure the battery is full and the cartridge is perfectly connected to the battery.
At FluxxLab, we offer only the best cannabis products available on the market. We want you to have the top vaping experience of your life. Visit our store now to purchase high-quality delta-8 THC, CBDA, and CBC vape cartridges.