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CBD Vape Carts: A Beginner’s Guide


The CBD industry has really come of age over the past couple of years. You can see the maturation in the way that product quality and consistency have improved. You can see it in the amounts of investment capital that companies are spending on CBD SEO to stimulate rapid growth. Most importantly, though, you can see it in the incredible variety of different types of CBD products that are now available for people to buy. 

In the beginning, the only CBD products on the market were oil-based tinctures. Then, companies started producing CBD capsules and powdered CBD isolate. CBD gummies came along after that, and from there, product variety simply exploded. Today, you can find a CBD product for just about every conceivable wellness goal, and one method of CBD consumption that has really taken hold over the past year or so is vaping. These days, you can’t visit the website of a top-flight CBD brand without seeing some CBD vape cartridges. Reading this article, you’re going to learn everything you ever wanted to know about them.

This is your complete beginner’s guide to CBD vape carts.

What Are CBD Vape Carts?

A CBD vape cart is a pre-filled cartridge that contains a vaping liquid with CBD in it. The threading at the bottom of the cartridge allows it to connect to virtually any non-proprietary vaping device. To use a CBD vape cart, all that you need to do is connect it to the vaping device of your choice and puff on the cartridge while holding the device’s fire button. Inhale the CBD vapor and hold it in your lungs for several seconds before exhaling it. That’s it! In a typical vaping session, you’ll probably puff on your CBD vape cart around 2-3 times. 

If you use a CBD vape cart a few times a day, you can expect it to last several days before you’ll need to replace it. When the cartridge is empty, you’ll discard it and connect a new cartridge to your vaping device.

Why Are So Many People Using CBD Vape Carts?

The reason why CBD vape carts are so popular is because, aside from direct injection, inhalation is the fastest way to get any compound into your circulatory system. Holding CBD oil under your tongue does get the CBD into your system fairly quickly, but there’s still a big difference between the sublingual route and inhalation. 

For explaining the difference in absorption speed of those two methods of using CBD, the closest comparison is that of nicotine use. If you’ve ever quit smoking yourself or have known someone who quit smoking, you know that oral forms of nicotine replacement do get nicotine into your system, but they’ll never produce the level of satisfaction that you get from smoking a cigarette. That’s why so many people have trouble quitting with nicotine replacement. Vaping, on the other hand, gives you the instant gratification of nicotine delivery through the lungs. It’s much more satisfying, and it’s made it possible for many people to quit smoking who would have been unable to quit otherwise.

CBD vape cartridges offer the same benefit compared to sublingual CBD oil. If you’re looking for a way of using CBD that gets it into your system almost instantly, vaping is what you want. Compared to oral CBD products, inhaled CBD is also more bioavailable.

What Vaping Devices Work Best With CBD Vape Carts?

The ideal vaping device for CBD vape carts is one that operates at a low wattage. A typical CBD vape cartridge will have a resistance of around 1.0-1.5 ohm, and for a coil of that resistance, the ideal vaping power will be anywhere from about 10-18 watts. If you already own a vape mod, you should check it to see if it’ll allow you to set the wattage that low. 

Some box mods don’t go as low as 10 watts, and if that’s true of your device, you’ll want to buy a small vape pen to use with your CBD vape carts. Any small vape pen with 510 threading should work fine, and virtually every non-proprietary vaping device on the market conforms to the 510 threading standard. If you’re not sure whether a given vape pen would work well with CBD vape cartridges, you can always ask the attendants at the vape shop for help. They’ll know.

What Do CBD Vape Carts Usually Contain?

A CBD vape cartridge contains one of two types of CBD extracts. It may use a full-spectrum extract, or it may use CBD isolate. CBD isolate is a crystalline substance isolated from industrial hemp. CBD is the only detectable cannabinoid in it, so you can use as much CBD isolate as you want without being nervous about failing a drug test. A full-spectrum extract, on the other hand, may contain trace THC. If you use a very large amount of full-spectrum CBD, there is a small chance that you might test positive for THC in a drug screening even though the trace amounts of THC are not enough to cause a psychoactive effect.

In addition to the hemp extract or CBD isolate, a CBD vape cartridge needs a liquid for diluting the CBD to the desired strength. Most vape carts use MCT oil or propylene glycol.

Finally, some CBD vape carts contain added flavors. One of the fun things that some brands are now doing is adding plant-derived terpenes designed to mimic the terpene profiles and flavors of popular cannabis strains like Headband OG and Pineapple Express. Alternatively, companies may simply add the same types of food-grade flavoring agents that are used in the e-liquid industry.

What Should CBD Vape Carts Never Contain?

The one thing that a CBD vape cart should never, ever contain is Vitamin E. In 2019, some product producers in the black-market cannabis industry began adding Vitamin E to THC vape cartridges to dilute the THC while making those cartridges look more potent than they actually were. There is a strong link between Vitamin E inhalation and debilitating lung disease. Although producers of CBD vape carts have no reason to use Vitamin E in their products, it’s still worthwhile to specifically confirm that a company does not use Vitamin E before buying that company’s products.