What You Need to Know About Cannabis Vapes

Vaping has quickly become one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis, and for good reason. It’s just as fast-acting but more discreet than smoking flower—there are no strong, lingering smells or smoke. Plus, since it burns at a lower temperature than smoking, it’s more flavorful and doesn’t burn your lungs as much.

Like anything, it has its pros and cons, and it’s important to do your research before diving in. With cannabis still standing as a Schedule I drug, regulation around cannabis vapes leaves a lot to be desired. Finding an information source you can trust and a vape product you can rely on can seem a bit daunting.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered on both.

 

Vaping 101

Vapor can be created by heating either flower or concentrated oil. The key is it’s never heated hot enough to combust, or full-on burn, like it is when smoking it. This is one of the reasons you might notice more flavor behind vapes—by heating at lower temperatures, a lot of terpenes are saved from the fire of combustion, creating more flavorful hits.

There are vapes for heating flower, but the most popular options are oil vaporizers—specifically, vape pens—consisting of a cartridge and a battery. The cartridge holds the oil and attaches to the battery, which powers an atomizer in the cartridge that heats up the oil.

Not all vape hardware is created equal, though. Poor quality cartridges and batteries can create different, sometimes unpleasant, tastes because the oil isn’t heated properly. This can also lead to oil discoloration. Leaking and clogging can occur as well if the cartridge isn’t well-made.

That is exactly why, at VidaCann, we take the vape hardware just as seriously as the oil inside. We run manufacturing and analytical testing on all our vape hardware, verifying no heavy metal leaching occurs and everything functions properly. Our Research and Development Team makes sure we’re always using the most reliable and durable equipment available, guaranteeing you a clean, consistent hit, every time. (Trust us, you’ll notice the difference.)

 

The Pros and Cons of Vaping

The cons to vaping are minimal. You do have to stay on top of your battery and make sure it’s charged, as frequent usage can drain it fairly quickly. Also, vaping can create a shorter-lasting high than other methods because you’re consuming less. But, be careful because it’s also been noted that it can create a harder-hitting high if overconsumed.

As far as pros go, there are quite a few. As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest pros of vaping is its discreetness. With no strong lingering smells or smoke, it’s a tempting option to traditional smoking. Plus, since it heats the cannabis at lower temperatures, it’s a good alternative if your lungs are feeling a bit fried from hot smoke.

One of the best, albeit underrated, pros to vaping is the flavor it brings. Cannabis has over 100 different terpenes (little compounds that hold flavor). These flavorful friends work together with cannabinoids to create the effects you feel from cannabis. But, it’s important to know that terpenes are not a cannabis-specific compound. Unfortunately, this means a lot of low-quality vapes contain non-cannabis ingredients. Many medical marijuana treatment clinics (MMTCs) buy their terpenes from a third-party. Some are plant-derived, but most are not, which can be hazardous to the user. By manipulating terpenes like that, the final product no longer resembles the original plant. This can create issues for the consumer, including headaches, nausea, and burning in the back of the throat. 

This is one of the reasons why we created our cGMP-certified Processing Facility. We didn’t want to go third-party for terpenes because we wanted to keep our products natural. In our facility, we follow a double-extraction process, extracting terpenes first to ensure optimal recovery with minimal loss or change to the original profile. Afterward, we extract the cannabinoids. Extracting the two compounds separately is important because if you try to extract everything together, you will lose a large amount of terpenes. We want to keep that flavor!

 

Finding the Right Vape for Your Needs

Needless to say, finding the right vape to fit your needs can be a challenge. First, you need to consider what you’re trying to treat with cannabis. Do you need something to decrease feelings of anxiety? Are you suffering from chronic pain? Does your appetite need a jumpstart? Varying levels of different cannabinoids and terpenes are what determine the effects of cannabis strains, so narrowing down the symptoms you want to treat can help you determine which strain of cannabis to reach for.

For example, if you need help with daytime pain management, anxiety, or PTSD, our Glueball vape cartridge is just the ticket. With heavier amounts of caryophyllene and myrcene terpenes present, it’s great for treating anxiety and inflammation. If you have a more specific need, like relief from the symptoms of gastrointestinal diseases like Crohn’s or Colitis, consider Tikun Olam’s Alaska vape. It works to increase your appetite and energy while combating nausea and diminishing pain.

 

The Bottom Line

No matter what your needs are, you must be sure you’re being safe. Diluted and cut oils can be dangerous and do little to actually treat your symptoms, which is why we take such care and precaution when creating our products. It’s no coincidence that VidaCann vapes are considered the best in Florida—all of our vape cartridges are made from pure cannabis oil and have no additives, cutting agents, or vitamin E acetate.

Ready to see what VidaCann vapes can do for you? Stop by any of our locations throughout Florida today, or order online for curbside pick-up or no-contact delivery. We want you to experience the difference a clean and natural vape can make. There’s a reason these vapes are flying off the shelves!

 

Sources:

  • https://weedmaps.com/news/2019/05/the-difference-between-cannabis-combustion-and-vaporization-explained/ 
  • https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/what-are-pre-filled-cannabis-oil-vape-cartridges
  • https://www.healthline.com/health/vaping-vs-smoking-weed#lung-injury

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