The wide world of weed has come so far in the past 30 years. From the simple days of smoking a joint or an L or a bong, we’ve arrived at a point where bud doesn’t even come with the buds anymore.
I’m, of course, talking about vapes and concentrates, the latest thing to take off as a massive trend in the weed industry. But what is going on with all of these products? The truth is that its a bit complicated, so we want to take it bit by bit. Today we want to focus on one of the more mysterious products out there, pre-filled vape cartridges.
These are these neat little pre-packaged products that come ready to smoke. All you need to do is pop them in and toke up. So, is there any risk? What are the downsides to buying these nifty little vials? We will break it down and tell you everything you need to know about ready to go vape cartridges.
If you’re new to this, what you are going to to need is a quick refresher course on vaping. So we will break down exactly what it is and why its become so popular.
Vaping is simply heating weed to a slightly lower temperature than burning.What this does is release all of the wonderful psychoactive chemicals without all of the nasty byproducts that come with burning it. You don’t get real smoke, its a cloud of vapor that you inhale and enjoy. A light little pillow of bud will fly up around as you toke.
Now, the thing about them is that its a whole different thing than smoking. You need equipment and supplies that the old stoner could hardly dream of. But there are certainly advantages.
For starters, they are much better for your lungs than traditional smoking. The extra chemicals that usually sneak in when smoking are nowhere to be found in vapes.
Second, they can get you a lot higher. It may be a surprising fact that smoking normal weed is not the most efficient way to get you high. Vapes use all of the bud, so that none is lost. When you use a lighter, you tend to miss the deep insides and recesses of the nugs. Not so with vapes.
Third, they are convenient. They do not smell as much, so they are easier to use in public. They do not stink up the room you smoke them in either. The most important part of this is that you do not have to roll them or pack them any time. You can just preload it and toke up on the go. And nothing embodies that like the pre filled cartridges that have become all the rage.
Cartridges Vs. Loose
There are a number of different types of vapes on the market. You have one major option fight off the bat, which is whether you want a flower vape or concentrate vape. We will not dig into this too much for this piece, but it comes down to personal preference.
The alternative that we want to explore here is the option between do it yourself vapes and pre filled cartridges. The traditional ones let you insert oil or wax, while the pre filled ones do it for you.
The benefits of the pre filled cartridges are fairly obvious. They are easy to use, and come ready to go. The convenience of these little guys outweighs many possible concerns. Chief among them is price, which can be a little more expensive than just buying or making concentrate.
Generally, regular vapes are cheaper to operate because you can buy or make your own concentrate. Though they can be more difficult to operate, and certainly don’t have the get up and go aspect that makes cartridges so appealing, they still are generally easy to use. Another positive is that you can mix and match a lot easier because you are not limited to the particular size and type of cartridge that the other pens require.
In this regard, it comes down to personal preference, so you will have to decide. But, now we would like to discuss the potential drawback of the cartridges so you can decide if they are right for you.
Should I Buy Cartridges?
There are certainly many benefits, but you should be wary of what you are getting before you buy. One clear issue is that they can and usually are filled with cutting agents. These are chemicals added to the concentrates to dampen potency.
Like any drug, cut concentrate can be dangerous and unreliable. So you will need to make sure that you absolutely trust the manufacturer before buying. You are likely not at risk of serious injury, but it could always occur. What is more likely is that you will end up with a second rate high that does not get the job done like it should.
On the other hand, there is not a ton of risk in trying it once and seeing if you like it. While the initial vape can be a bit costly, the cartridges are usually around 20 or 30 dollars. You can probably afford to try one out and see what happens.
The key here is to always remember to do your research. Many cartridges will tell you exactly what the effects will be. You have a number of choices in types of bud and how they burn the weed. It will be best for you to check out the products available for yourself and make an informed decision.
So there you have it. The bottom line is that these cartridges can be a great deal but you need to be careful and wary of the risks. Do not be afraid to try them out if the idea interests you. Good luck and keep vaping!