Cannabis Vapes 101 – Some Key Information You Need to Know!

The Basics

Vaping cannabis is a common consumption method. Vaping has also had its fair share of media attention over the past couple of years, which may make some people wary of using them for their medical cannabis needs. We’re here to give you all the facts you need to determine if vape is right for you.

For those who want the cliff’s notes, here’s a short summary of the basic reasons you might choose a vape product:

  • It’s a convenient, discreet way to use cannabis. Essentially, a vape allows you to inhale cannabis vapor through a device that we’ll dive into the anatomy of below.
  • With a vape, the cannabis is not combusted so it’s perceived by many as a healthier inhalation method alternative.
  • Because the cannabis is not combusted, you can receive more of the benefits of the cannabis flower.
  • Most notably, when you vape, the onset of effects is nearly instant, so you don’t have to plan hours ahead as you would with an edible for example.
  • Finally, vapes allow you to easily manage dosing. So if you inhale and don’t feel anything after about 15 minutes, you can inhale again and quickly know if you’ve reached that perfect level of effects for your individual needs.

What is a vape cart and what’s the best way to use it?

Let’s get to the fundamentals of what a vape actually is, and how to use one. In this section, we’ll talk about the basic components of a vape, cartridges, and batteries, and how they work together to deliver cannabis medicine to your body.

Vape cartridges work in conjunction with vape pen batteries. When you put them together, the battery powers an atomizer in the cartridge that heats up the oil, activating the cannabinoids in it. Cannabinoids are then absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the lungs upon inhalation.

Sometimes a vape cartridge will come with a battery (pre-loaded), but most of the time you’ll have to purchase the battery and cartridge separately. The threading on the vape pen battery provides the connection to the cartridge, so make sure they are compatible before purchasing one. One of the most common pen batteries is 510 threaded which works with most vape cartridges on the market today.

Here’s a diagram of the vape and all of its components below.

How do I use a vape cart?

When you purchase a vape cartridge, it comes with a mouthpiece so all you have to do is connect it to your battery to begin use. The vape cartridge contains the distillate or cannabis oil with the cannabinoids and terpenes (the good stuff!), but you’ll always need the battery in order to properly use the cartridge.

Consumers have a lot of options for vape pen batteries, and all of them work just a little bit differently.

Most vape cartridges allow for multiple uses, it all depends on how much you consume per session.

How does a vape compare to other consumption methods?

Vapes are fast on, fast off. Typically, onset is within 30 seconds to a minute and will peak in 15-20 minutes. Effects tend to wear off in about 90 minutes. This method of consumption is great for breakthrough pain and anxiety where quick relief is needed.

Since vaping is much more concentrated, we recommend starting slowly with one, one-second inhalation, especially if you’re used to using flower. Low and slow is the best method when vaping cannabis.