CBD vape cartridges (“carts”) are a convenient and fast-acting CBD delivery method. They can come in a wide variety of formulations and flavors so their effects and experience will vary based on those factors. CBD vape carts are also very easy to use once you become familiar with the technology. They are less messy than flower but are not necessarily less harsh and can still cause throat irritation and coughing. In this article, we will explain more about Plain Jane CBD vape cartridges, from how to use them to how they are made.
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How CBD Vape Cartridges are Made
The first step in making CBD vape cartridges is extracting the CBD from the hemp flower. This can be done with a variety of methods, but ethanol extraction is the most common and is a very safe way to extract.
Once the crude CBD extract is collected, it is purified to refine it into either a full-spectrum oil or an isolate with only CBD and no other cannabinoids or terpenes. Terpenes may be added back to the extract for flavoring. When terpenes are added back to an isolate, that is called “broad spectrum.”
Next, depending on the viscosity and refining steps used, the oil is either added to the vape cartridge alone or mixed with a thinning agent like MTC oil. Plain Jane CBD vape cartridges use only CBD extract and do not contain any thinning agents.
How to Use a CBD Vape Cartridge
You cannot use a CBD vape cartridge with a battery that is intended for use with nicotine vapes!!! Nicotine vape batteries operate at a different temperature which will burn up the cannabinoids and terpenes and ruin the CBD vape cart! You must use a CBD vape cartridge battery that is intended for use with cannabis products. Most cartridges have a 510 thread so the battery must also have a 510 thread.
There are a few different types of “pen” style batteries that you can get for use with cannabis products. The most common type has a single button and a USB charger. To turn this type of battery on or off you must click that button five times in rapid sequence. When the device is on, you can click the button rapidly three times in sequence to adjust the temperature. Always start on the lowest temperature setting.
If you notice the color of the CBD vape juice changing, that is normal. If it is a fast and more severe darkening that means that you are burning the CBD vape juice because you are using too high of a temperature setting. Especially in full-spectrum CBD vape liquids it is also common to see small particles in the vape juice.
CBD Vape Cartridge Flavors
The flavor of a CBD vape cartridge comes from the terpenes that are either part of the full-spectrum extract or are added to CBD isolate to create a broad-spectrum formula. In addition to adding flavor, some terpenes have their own beneficial properties. Below is a list of the most common hemp terpenes that you can click on to learn more about each one.
Strain-specific terpene profiles can be made two ways, either by collecting the terpenes separately during the extraction process or by using terpenes from other plant sources to formulate them in proportions that are typical to a particular strain.
Concluding Thoughts on CBD Vapes
CBD vapes are not the best option for novice CBD users. It is a good idea to read up on CBD and get an understanding of the products better before stepping into vapes. Once you understand the basics and have tried more beginner-friendly products like CBD oil tincture and hemp flower, then it is a good time to consider trying a CBD vape cartridge. If you are not very comfortable with using electronic devices or technology, CBD vapes may also not be a good fit for you. They are a good option for CBD users with some experience that are looking for a fast action option with less odor and fuss than hemp flower.