Convenient, discreet, and delicious, vapes have taken the weed world by storm.
In the last decade, you've probably encountered vapes in some form or another. It all started when e-cigarettes hit the market as an alternative nicotine consumption method. A few years later, when the first wave of cannabis legalization hit U.S. states, the same technology would revolutionize cannabis consumption in vape pens, cartridges, and pods filled with sweet, sticky weed concentrates.
Though their shape and size have changed in a few short years, most vape pens adhere to the same basic setup: a battery that heats cannabis concentrate into a consumable vapor. For cannabis newcomers and connoisseurs alike, vapes are an easy, discreet way to consume high-potency weed with a minimal barrier to entry in terms of prep, use, and cleanup.
More people than ever in the U.S. are open about using cannabis. Still, historical stigmas around weed haven't completely gone the way of the Dodo (not yet, anyway). Vape pens for weed are not only easy to use but very discreet. Concentrate vapor is far less noticeable in smell and appearance than weed smoke.
If you're dealing with a clean product, vape pens are also potentially less harmful to the lungs than smoking because they don't combust the material. For medical marijuana patients, vapes offer immediate onset of effects and potential wellness benefits, including stress relief, pain relief, inflammation reduction, and sleep aid.
A note to all consumers: vape cartridges from the illicit market can be dangerous, often containing toxic cutting agents that damage the lungs when vaporized. Stay safe and buy vapes from licensed retailers who only sell from trusted, legal cannabis brands.
Using a cannabis vape pen is as simple as putting your mouth on the mouthpiece and taking a drag. Many vape pens activate automatically upon first pull. Others have a button on the battery that you hold down to start the vape or press to adjust heating temperatures.
The most common industry-standard vape comprises a 510-threaded battery and compatible cartridge. In recent years, several cannabis brands have designed proprietary vape pods compatible only with their own branded vape batteries.
For most new and first-time users, a weed vape will be a great introduction to high-potency cannabis. The high is typically more manageable, and effects tend to subside more quickly than in edibles or dabbed concentrates. For both medical and seasoned recreational users, vapes are an excellent resource for fast-acting, reliable effects on the go.
Knowing what's in your cartridge should always be a top priority whether canna users are new to vapes or use them regularly. Most weed pens today are made with live resin, an oil extracted from fresh flower that keeps all the plant's cannabinoids and flavor compounds intact in the final product.
Some vapes use cannabis distillates, which carry a single compound (usually THC or CBD) for its unique properties. Are you looking for non-intoxicating wellness effects from vape pens? A CBD vape is probably the way to go. How about a full spectrum of plant-derived flavors and sensations? Go with live resin. Understanding the differences between these products will help you zero in on a memorable cannabis-induced ride.