What to Look For in a CBD Vape Cartridge


The use of CBD is on the rise. It has been said that the global CBD market will be worth over $16 billion by 2026. That’s a lot of growth!

As CBD becomes more popular, the more consumption methods we will see. One of the most popular ways to consume CBD today is vaping it.

CBD vape pen cartridges come from many different brands and manufacturers. It’s important to know what to look for to find a high-quality cartridge you can vape with.

Keep reading to find out how you can find the best CBD vape cartridge.

What Is a CBD Vape Pen Cartridge?

A CBD vape cartridge is a small container filled with CBD vape juice that attaches to a vape pen for smoking. Often the vape juice contains fruit extract or terpenes along with the cannabinoid infusion.

One cartridge normally holds .5 to 1 milliliter of vape juice, and it can last months depending on how often you use it.

Pre-filled vs. Refillable CBD Vape Cartridge

CBD oil vape cartridges can come in two types: pre-filled or refillable. They are not much different from each other. Both feature a tank, a coil, and a wicking system.

Many opt for pre-filled cartridges because they are easy to use, disposable, and have little room for error during use. Yet, some prefer refillable cartridges because they reduce costs and trips to the CBD vape shop.

Technically, pre-filled and refillable vape cartridges can both be refilled. Yet, refillable cartridges will be easier to refill and use again.

Keep in mind that even refillable cartridges will need to be replaced eventually. The coils and wicking systems are not intended to last a lifetime.

What Do Cartridges Cost?

Cartridges vary in price depending on a few different variables. Don’t assume that the price of the cartridge correlates with its quality. Some cartridges are simply overpriced.

Often, the larger cartridge you buy, the better the price will be. If you vape CBD often, buying the $50 100 milliliter cartridge is better than the one that is $30 for 50 milliliters.

Also, pay attention to the potency. If you are deciding between two CBD vape cartridges and one has a higher potency, you know that it will last you longer. You won’t need to take as many hits.

A rule of thumb for CBD cartridge prices is ten to twenty cents per milligram of CBD. So, a cartridge with 500 mg of CBD should cost around $50. The more milligrams you buy, the closer to ten cents per milligram it should be.

What’s in It?

Always find out the ingredients used in a vape cartridge before you buy. It is not uncommon for some to have dangerous ingredients inside them.

Never buy a cartridge that includes a vitamin E substitute, and be careful that it contains no THC if you don’t want it.

Some companies try to cut corners by including cheaper ingredients in their products that can be harmful to users. Vaping can already be harmful to your lungs; you don’t want to make it any worse by buying dangerous products.

How Do I Know What Is High-Quality?

The potency and quality of a CBD vape cartridge can be determined by four methods. These are third-party testing, extract type, source, and extraction process.

Third-Party Testing

The most effective way to ensure you are buying safe, high-quality CBD is to find the third-party testing results given by the manufacturer. Third-party testing is done by an independent lab to determine that the CBD is safe.

The tests give you proof that you are buying exactly what is written on the label. Often, they test for pesticides, metals, and other dangerous substances, so you have nothing to worry about.

You can find these results on a company’s website. They are normally listed on the product page or a clear dedicated page to third-party testing.

If you cannot find them, you might choose to reach out to the company or find a different one entirely. Never buy a CBD vape cartridge that has no third-party testing results available.

The Extract Type

The two main types of CBD extract are full-spectrum hemp extract and CBD isolates. Isolates are pure CBD with no other components. Full-spectrum hemp extract has many other cannabis plant parts to it.

Full-spectrum produces better results when used. It’s because the different parts of the cannabis plant work together for stronger effects.

One hit from a full-spectrum CBD vape cartridge will be more effective than one hit from a cartridge that uses CBD isolates. Yet, the latter is often cheaper.

The Source

Since CBD comes from a plant, where it is grown or sourced is a major factor to consider. The highest quality CBD comes from hemp that is organic, non-GMO, and grown without pesticides.

Where it is grown can tell you if it is of high quality or not. Colorado has some of the best growing conditions, followed by Kentucky and Oregon. You can almost always find this information on the company’s website.

The Extraction Process

The safety and potency of CBD vape juice are dependent on the method in which it is extracted. The two most popular methods of CBD extraction are ethanol and CO2 extraction.

Ethanol extraction is the cheaper and less desirable method. The process can be perfectly safe much of the time. Yet, in certain instances, it can leave behind harmful solvent traces that will be smoked along with the CBD.

CO2 extraction is much safer, though it is less cost-effective than ethanol extraction. CO2 extraction isolates the active ingredients you want while leaving behind the rest. High-quality CBD is extracted with CO2.

Buy the Best CBD Vape Cartridge

When you are looking for a CBD vape cartridge, you won’t want to buy anything except the best. Do your research and find yours at the highest quality for the best price.

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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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