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How Do Vape Pens Work?

One of the most popular forms of cannabis consumption has become vape pens. These small, inconspicuous devices allow for quick, discreet dosing, without the mess and smell. However, to the general public, this tends to be the gist of knowledge regarding vapes. It’s important to know what to look for in order to get the effect you are looking for.


A vape cartridge is a glass tube filled with cannabis infused oil or concentrate. These are attached to a battery which, when activated, heats up an atomizer in the cartridge which heats the oil, providing a “hit” of the product. Not all batteries are the same, as some are proprietary, and others come as all-in-one, disposable vapes.


There are numerous oils and concentrates that can be filled in the vape cartridges.


Distillate is the product from extraction that isolates desired cannabinoids. While this extraction method can produce THC purity up to 99%, many terpenes and other flavors are stripped away, eliminating a lot of flavor. It is because of this that some manufacturers infuse terpenes back into the product after extraction.


Live resin cartridges are considered to be high quality with a complex flavor profile. To produce live resin, the cannabis plant is flash-frozen, with terpenes and cannabinoids then extracted, to leave behind an incredibly potent concentrate.


Live rosin (not to be confused with “resin”) is similar to live resin, but does not use chemicals in the production. The frozen cannabis is pressed under pressure and heat to extract the concentrated oil. This is a better option for health conscious consumers.


In contrast to the above, many manufacturers are now producing CBD oils for vaping, allowing another option for those looking for health benefits of cannabis rather than a psychological effect.


Having this knowledge will make you a much more educated vape consumer, and help find you exactly what you are seeking, both in consumption and effect.

By Stephen Freedman

Freedman is the Regional Manager of the ERBA  Markets, the WOODS, West LA, Venice, Culver City, and WeHo.

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