Pen vaporizers are another way to enjoy inhaling cannabis without the harmful toxins you can get from smoking and without the smell and mess of vaping dry herb.
Pen vaporizers are made with an oil that is a cannabis concentrate. Concentrates are basically extracts with highly concentrated THC and CBD that come in many forms. You may have heard of concentrates called wax, budder, shatter, rosin, and oil. There are many different extraction methods, the most common being butane and CO2.
Vape pens are easy to use, don’t smell like cannabis, and are extremely portable, but they do have a slightly different feel to ground weed.
Vapers, the future of cannabis
Very soon, I expect to see chic Kitsilano ladies pulling their sleek vape pens out of their handbags for brunch. Vape pens come in different strengths and even CBD only. CBD pens are great for those tough days with the kids or at work when you want to feel relaxed but not drunk.
Vape pens are also a great way to microdose and they don’t have much smell. They also don’t require heating, just take it out of your bag, take a puff and that’s it, easy and convenient.
Dosage of Vape Pens
Vape pens are solid so be careful when buying a vape pen. Look for a vape pen with a low dose of THC and a high dose of CBD to start with. I recommend less than 30% THC and at least 30% CBD. Definitely buy vape pens that contain CBD. Watching mg you want to stay at 300 mg of THC or less for the pen.
Even a single puff from a vape pen can be way too strong for some people, if the pen has a high concentration of THC. Pay attention to the dose when buying vape pens.
What types of vape pens to buy
With vape pens, you can buy either a disposable pen or a rechargeable battery, and then you buy the cartridge separately to attach to the battery. Most of the cartridges you buy are universal 510 cartridges that attach to many different batteries. However, some are proprietary, for example Pax cartridges can only be used with a Pax battery, so make sure you buy the correct cartridge for your battery.
Avoid disposable vape pens
Besides being bad for the environment, they are a waste of money. Batteries often die before you have a chance to finish the oil, you need a strong battery to get a good draw. Disposable vape pens are often made with small, weak batteries that don’t last. Rechargeable batteries are the way to go, all you have to do is replace the cartridge when you’re done.
Vape cartridges come in a variety of strains, some are full-spectrum and retain the original herbal properties, including terpenes. Others remove the plant matter so that you are left with only the cannabinoids you want. It’s personal preference which type you choose to buy, try a few different types to see what you like.
Keep in mind that some vape pens can be harsh and low quality, a good pen should feel smooth and taste good.
When it comes to buying a battery, you can either buy a little pen that doesn’t require you to do anything other than screw in the cartridge, and then you can draw right away. Other batteries require you to press a button (usually 5 times) to turn on the device and some even have temperature control, often with low, medium or high settings.
If you have kids I recommend buying one with a button for added safety, I also recommend buying one with temperature settings and stick to a low temperature to start with.
How to use and store a vape pen
Vaporizer pens should be stored upright at room temperature. Storing it upright prevents oil from leaking from the cartridge and clogging the pen.
When using a vape pen, keep in mind that concentrates are strong and hit a little differently than the flower, so pull the pen gently, not too hard or too long as you may get too much. You don’t need to hold in the steam, just inhale and exhale. Wait about 15 minutes to see how it makes you feel before trying another draw.
Once you’ve mastered your vape pen, you’ll know how many draws you can take to get the desired effect, but for the first time, grab one and wait 15 minutes before trying others.
Are vape pens safe?
A few years ago, you might remember people being hospitalized and some dying from vape pens. These vapes were purchased illegally and contained dangerous additives that can make you very sick if inhaled.
Only buy vape pens from the legal market, as it is regulated. Vape pens are safe and a great alternative to smoking and vaping dry herbs when you need something portable and discreet.
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