Your cannabis vape pen will get the job done
Now that we’ve covered the basics of vape pens and why they are the first choice for many cannabis connoisseurs, let’s take a step by step approach to using and getting the most benefit out of your cannabis vape pen.
Step 1: Find a cartridge that works for you
The legalization of recreational cannabis in California has opened the floodgates for new products and the market is saturated with different cartridge types and brands. It can be hard to navigate the different product options, but there are a few things to look for to ensure you are getting a high-quality product.
First, and most importantly, always purchase your vape cartridges from a state-licensed dispensary. This is the only way to guarantee that your cartridge has been tested and meets state guidelines for safety. This is critical as there is an increasing number of fake cartridges available on the illicit market and these can come with a myriad of health issues.
Next, as mentioned in the 5 Cannabis Vape Cartridge Insights blog post, look for cartridges that are filled with a “live resin” or “sauce” concentrate. These types of concentrates maintain the highest concentration of terpenes from the original flower. Therefore creating a well-rounded, enjoyable overall experience.
Notably, vape cartridges can produce very strong effects so CBD cartridges can be great for those who are seeking a more mellow experience. A 1:1 CBD:THC cartridge will still produce psychoactive effects but the mitigating effects of the CBD combined with a lower concentration of THC provide a less intense high.
Step 2: Get your pen setup ready
Unless you are using a disposable vape pen, you will also need a battery to use your vape cartridge. You should be able to purchase a compatible battery at the same place you purchase the cartridge from.
As of now, the majority of cartridges are “510 thread” which represents the fit between the battery and cartridge. Most 510 thread batteries should work with most 510 thread cartridges. However, there is an influx of new batteries and cartridges that are only compatible with each other so it is always good to double-check with your budtender that your cartridge and battery of choice are compatible before purchasing.
Once you possess all the pieces of the vape pen puzzle, it’s time to put them all together. The battery may not be charged right out of the box so be sure to give it a quick 30 minute – 1-hour charge. Screw the cartridge onto the battery, and follow any instructions on the battery package to turn it on. Now you are ready to vape!
Step 3: Use your cannabis vape pen
Now that your vape pen is set up, it’s time to actually use it! It is important to make sure that you are in a comfortable setting, especially if it is your first time-consuming cannabis.
Start by inhaling one small puff of the vape pen. You might not feel it immediately, but a light on the battery will indicate that you are indeed inhaling vapor. The great thing about a vape pen is that the effect is almost immediate, unlike an edible or tincture. It’s much easier to achieve the perfect level of “high”.
As is the case with any method of cannabis consumption, you can always take more but you can never take less. Don’t be afraid to start small and work your way up to a comfortable high.