Vape cartridges include a mouthpiece, chamber, and heating element known as an atomizer.
The chamber is filled with concentrated amounts of cannabinoids, usually either THC- or CBD-dominant, and terpenes.
The atomizer is activated when contact is initiated with the battery, heating up the chamber and vaporizing the cannabis oil.
Cannabis vape oils that fill vape cartridges are usually created through a process called distillation, which strips the cannabis molecules down to just the cannabinoids.
So, what about unique flavors that are defined by the plant’s terpene profile found in the aroma of fresh cannabis flower?
All of that is stripped away during the distillation process. Some cannabis oil producers will collect the cannabis-derived terpenes during the process and reintroduce them into the oil, allowing the distillate-filled Vape cartridges to be strain-specific.
More commonly, the terpenes used to flavor distillate are derived from other natural plants.
Are There Contaminants in Your Vape Cartridge and Pens?
The most prevalent problem on the illegal vape market are concentrate cartridges that contain high levels of pesticides.
When consumed at concentrated levels, inhaled pesticides cause health problems. To ensure that vape cartridges don’t contain hazardous pesticide level
it’s important to purchase from reputable brands that disclose third-party test results and include screening for pesticides.
Cutting agents can be added to enhance the intensity of the vapor cloud and overall mouthfeel of the vapors.
Common cutting agents that are sometimes infused with cannabis oil and e-cigarette vape juice include:
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG): a cutting agent used in vape liquids to keep the product evenly mixed.
- Propylene glycol (PG): a binding agent that is added to cannabis vape cartridges because of its ability to foster even vape draws.
- Vegetable glycerin (VG): Added to vape liquids to help generate large vape clouds for the user.