How to Judge the Quality of Your Vape Pen's Oil
Vape pens are a popular product for obvious reasons: it's incredibly convenient to be able to dose discreetly while on the go. A vape pen slips easily into a pocket and you can take it out for a toke any time while going about your day, ensuring that your head or body high always stays at that perfect level.
But since it's been discovered that people could become seriously ill from poor-quality vaporizer cartridges, many cannabis users have become more discerning about the type of vape oil they purchase. If you're wondering how to tell if your vape oil is high quality, then read on, because we have some simple points to keep in mind when researching and shopping for vaporizer oils and cartridges.
First, it's useful to take a look at the mechanics of a vape pen and the distillation process behind the oil. By doing this, you can be a better informed consumer and get the high quality vape oil you're looking for.
What are Vape Pens?
Vape pens are composed of two main parts: the battery, and the cartridge.
The battery provides the power for the vape pen. It is the source of power for the heating element, called the atomizer, which sits at the base of the cartridge.
The cartridge is composed of the atomizer, the oil chamber, and a mouthpiece. When the atomizer is activated it vaporizes the oil in the chamber, making it available for inhalation. The vaporized oil is then drawn through the mouthpiece and inhaled by the user. Sometimes the battery contains a button which activates the heating coil; on other models, the heating coil is activated only when the user draws air through the mouthpiece.
The oil itself is made through a distillation process which concentrates all the cannabinoids. These cannabinoids take the form of either CBD or THC which are the naturally occurring chemicals that provide marijuana's medicinal effects. However, this distillation process also strips away the terpenes, which are responsible for the potent and unique flavors and scents of different marijuana strains. Some vape oil manufacturers will capture these terpenes separately and reintroduce them after the distillation process to give the oil the flavor profile of the original plant strain. Some manufacturers will also add different terpenes to create new flavour profiles.
Keep It Simple
Many poor quality vape oils are cut with other ingredients, often ones that are intended to create more dramatic vape clouds but offer little else to the user. While many of these ingredients (such as vegetable glycerin and vitamin E acetate) might initially seem harmless and are indeed approved by the FDA for consumption, there has not been enough research on the effects of inhaling these ingredients on a regular and long term basis.
When looking for high quality vape oil, look for oils that are 100% distilled cannabinoids with or without terpenes. By keeping the ingredients simple, you know that you'll be getting a product that is good for you.
If the oil is certified organic then you can also rest assured that there have been no pesticides or other harmful chemicals used during the growing process.
Choose a Reputable Brand
There are a number of reputable and well-known brands out there, such as Kingpin and Connected Cannabis Co. These companies produce quality vape oils that have been lab-tested according to state regulations and are known to be safe for consumers.
There are also a lot of counterfeit or knock off products out there that mimic the reputable brands but have inferior oils that are cut with extra ingredients. If you find a vape pen or cartridge that is significantly below market price, then the deal is probably too good to be true. Always do your research and buy from a distributor you know and trust.
Know What You Want
There are a lot of different vape oils out there, so you need to understand what you're looking for in a vape oil in terms of the THC and CBD content. THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant and it's what gives the user the classic head or body high that one usually associates with cannabis. Cannabis also contains CBD. CBD won't make you feel 'high', but it is excellent for treating pain. If you're new to vaping and are looking at using a vape pen primarily to control pain and dose on an as-needed basis without risking couchlock, consider using an oil that has a higher percentage of CBD.
By keeping these simple points in mind you can make sure that you choose the right vape oil for yourself. Simple and organic is best, and always check that the company you're buying from has their products lab-tested according to proper regulations. Happy vaping, everyone!