Vape Cartridges

Cannabis Oil Cartridges: Are they for me?

The Good Kind Of Oil

As cannabis consumption continues to enter mainstream society, personal vaporizers are becoming more popular by the day. Vaporization is, essentially, the point at which solids turn to gas. In the cannabis world this means heating a product, but not to the point at which it burns.

There are many different types of vaporizers that allow users to vape dry herb, hash or wax, and oil via a pre-filled cartridge. Today, we will be discussing the increasingly popular oil cartridges.

Oil cartridges are pre-filled, ready to use, and are made with just about any strain you could want. The cartridge is connected to a battery and voila, you’re ready to vape! You might be asking yourself, “how did a leafy green flower turn into this golden oil, and how did it get into this cartridge?”

How Does A Flower Become An Oil?

Other than strain, the main consideration when choosing an oil cartridge is the method of extraction. Currently, there are two widely used solvents for extraction: carbon dioxide and butane. Each of these steps could be expanded on for pages, but the basic process is as follows:

  1. Flower is loaded into an extraction chamber.
  2. The chosen solvent (CO2 or butane) is used to perform the initial extraction which produces a “crude” oil.
  3. That “crude” oil is refined multiple times to filter out any unwanted materials and extract THC.
  4. Cartridges are filled either by hand or by a machine.

Carbon dioxide and butane both have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to creating oil cartridges. At this early stage in the oil cartridge industry, comparing the two is like comparing iOS to Android – both camps have strong feelings and good points to make, and both are great options.

Benefits of Cannabis Oil Cartridges

Vaporizing cannabis via an oil cartridge has become a popular method of consumption for many users due to its ease of use, quick onset, discreteness, and medicinal benefits. Rather than fumbling with hash or wax and trying to reapply a dab of oil, a cartridge is always ready to go. Rather than eating an edible, which could take up to an hour to feel the effects, oil cartridges produce a vapor that is inhaled through your lungs and absorbed quickly for an onset time of less than 10 minutes. If being discrete is what you’re after, oil cartridges produce a light, nearly odorless vapor. Perhaps most importantly are the medicinal benefits for users who need to carefully control their dosages and cannot physically handle smoke or sugary edibles entering their bodies.

How To Use Cannabis Oil Cartridges

To use an oil cartridge you need three things: a battery, a battery charger, and a cartridge. 510 thread batteries have become the most popular form of battery, but be sure to ask your budtender about compatibility between a battery and cartridge. Once you’re home and ready to try out your new cartridge read the instructions on the battery. Battery functionality such as temperature control varies across brands, so be sure you’ve read the instructions and understand how to use your battery.

Come see us at either our Empire or Division locations to speak with a staff member about which cartridge is right for you or check out our expansive Dispensary Menu.

Pro-tip: Don’t over do it. Short, repeated rips will offer better flavor, a reduced risk of burning the oil, and an overall better experience.

Happy Vaping!

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Cannabis Ingestion Methods: Vaping

There are more methods of consuming cannabis today than ever before. Between edibles, dabbing, vaping, topicals, and more, it can be easy to feel a little lost. That’s why here at Substance, we’ll be explaining the basics of several methods of cannabis ingestion. Today, we will be covering a relatively new and technologically advanced method: vaporizing, or vaping.

What is it?

What separates smoking from vaporizing is the temperature difference. When you smoke weed, what you’re technically doing is combusting it. Cannabis begins combusting at a temperature of 446 degrees Fahrenheit, while it begins vaporizing at a temperature of 284 degrees. Both of these processes release the cannabinoids and terpenes that give weed its punch.

When we talk about vaping, we aren’t just talking about flower. It is also possible to vaporize concentrates, either through a vape pen with refillable concentrate cartridges, or with a larger vape pen that can vaporize individual concentrates usually used for dabbing, like waxes, oils, and shatters.

Vaping should have a similar onset to smoking. Although it most likely will not hit you instantaneously in the same way that smoking often does, the delay should not be too much longer. The high should last about the same amount of time: one to two hours. Potency, meanwhile, will of course depend on what it is that you’re vaporizing. Vaping concentrates will likely be more potent than flower.

Many people find the high itself quite different. Some describe it as more clear and smooth; others simply feel more stoned. As with any form of cannabis consumption, the effects vary significantly from one individual to another.

How is it different than smoking?

Why vape your weed instead of smoking it? Some people may prefer vaping for its particular high. Others enjoy that it does not produce nearly as strong of a smell as smoking. Still others find that the lower temperature of vaping allows them to taste more of those flavorful terpenes. Some find it to simply be less irritating to their respiratory system, and it is possible that vaping flower may be healthier than smoking it.

It’s always important to keep in mind that everyone’s system and tastes are different. Whatever your preference, we encourage to explore and find what works for you.

Cannabis Concentrate

Extract FAQs

As you may have heard, extracts can now be sold legally in Oregon’s recreational marijuana market. Like edibles, however, they are being sold in more limited quantities and at lower doses than their medical equivalents. Rec market extracts must contain less than 1000 mg of THC, and can be purchased once per day. In light of the recent changes, we have answered some common questions about extracts below.

What are extracts?

The terms ‘extract’ and ‘concentrate’ are roughly equivalent. These products are produced when solvents strip away much of the cannabis plant itself, leaving behind high concentrations of those sought-after cannabinoids, like THC and CBD. Some concentrates can be produced either without solvents or with organic solvents like ice water, as opposed to butane, carbon dioxide, or ethanol.

What are the different types of extracts?

Extracts are typically categorized according to their extraction method and their appearance. The first distinction made for the extraction method is usually the type of solvent used. Two of the most common are butane and carbon dioxide, referred to as butane hash oil (BHO) and CO2 oils, respectively.

Among BHOs and CO2 oils, distinctions are usually made based on the appearance of the final product. Waxes look and feel like wax, oils like oil, sugar wax like sugar, and so on. Some distinctions, however, have more to do with the final product’s actual content. Live resin, for example, extracts cannabinoids from whole cannabis flowers instead of dried and cured bud, saving terpenes and giving the product a more full flavor profile.

Other concentrates use different solvents and extraction methods. This oftentimes leads to different effects. Rick Simpson’s Oil (RSO) has been used by some to help fight cancer. It typically uses isopropyl alcohol or pure naphtha as its solvent, drawing out more of the plant’s therapeutic compounds.

How can I consume different extracts?

The options for consuming any given extract depend on its consistency. Kief and some hash, for example, can be used as a bowl topper, while many waxes and shatters are better suited for dabbing.

An increasingly popular choice are vaporizers and vaporizer, or vape, pens. Vape pens typically come with refillable CO2 oil cartridges. Some more advanced vaporizers can process a variety of extract consistencies, from oils to waxes to shatters.