Everything You Need to Know About Vape Pens

May 1, 2023

Cannabis consumption is more ubiquitous than ever thanks to legislation across the country increasing its legality. With these changes come new innovations in the hobby, including both inventive strains and more diverse ways to enjoy cannabis.

Those who are new to cannabis or who have only tried smoking before may find that vape pens suit their needs better. Here is everything you need to know about THC vape cartridges, including how they work, how to use them and take care of them and how to choose which type is right for you.

What Is a Vape Pen?

A vape pen is another method of consuming cannabis. Unlike rolling a blunt or smoking flower, a vape pen relies on oil to create an inhaled experience. “Vape” is short for “vaporizer,” which is what the device does—it vaporizes a substrate without lighting it on fire.

Because no flame is involved, many of the byproducts associated with smoking are absent. Vaping is considered a healthier choice because it provides a more distilled experience minus those unwanted byproducts.

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Vapes vs. Other Options

There are many ways to consume cannabis, including edibles, smoking, dabbing and oil, among others. Vaping can create a concentrated hit and does not produce clouds of smoke like smoking does. Oils or other substrates used for vaping typically last longer, and vapes are simpler and more discreet to carry around.

Weed pens are available as single use, disposable items, or hobbyists can invest in a refillable vape that can last years with proper care. If you have never tried vaping before, choosing a few single-use vapes to sample is a great way to introduce yourself to the possibilities without a significant financial commitment.

How to Use a Vape Pen

Using a vape pen is simple. The pen heats the substrate (which might be oil, wax or something else) so that it vaporizes. Give the pen five to ten minutes to allow the liquid substrate to penetrate the coil inside the vaporizer.

Then, simply take a puff. There is no need to hold the vaporized contents in your lungs; breathe normally. It’s best to wait a few minutes before taking another puff so that you can gauge how your body is responding.

Some pens may have buttons to adjust the experience, and others (especially single-use items) may not. Read the instructions with any product you choose to make sure that you get the most out of it.

Vape Pen Types

Multiple types of vape pens are available to suit the needs of hobbyists who want finer control over their experience. Disposable weed pens, as discussed earlier, are primarily focused on accessibility. They are affordable and offer the opportunity to try vaping without needing to commit to purchasing a whole bevy of tools.

Reusable (refillable) vape pens, on the other hand, cost significantly more. However, in exchange, they offer greater customization, and users can select everything from the type of oil they use to how it’s heated and even the colors and decorations of the vape itself. Refillable vapes require care, but they can last years.

Hobbyists will also need to choose the variety of vape that they want to try. Not all pens are capable of supporting multiple substrates. Some use oil, some wax, herbs, juice and more. Oil and juice are the most common, but they need not be your only choice.

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Caring for a Vape Pen

Taking care of a weed pen does take some effort, but it remains fairly simple. Disposable pens can be discarded, but do not put them in the trash. Instead, take them to a recycling facility. Aldi and OfficeMax can also do this. Alternatively, most dispensaries are happy to help you dispose of vape pens the right way, and you can pick up your next order at the same time.

Refillable vape pens will need occasional cleaning of the oil canister and coil. This is easily achieved using hot water. The coil should be replaced every few weeks, and the vape should be stored in an upright position to keep the cartridge free of blockages and prevent dust and dirt from entering the device. Do not store it in sunlight or extreme heat, which can shorten its lifespan.

Get Vape Pens and Supplies from a Reputable Dispensary

Vape pens can be a fun and accessible way to get into the cannabis hobby or breathe new life into old habits. The experts at Pure Oasis love introducing new experiences to our customers, and we can help you understand the wide range of weed pens available to find the one that’s right for you.

We support our community as a Black-owned dispensary and want to see our clients thrive. Stop by to see what we have to offer or to ask questions and find support about how to get started with vaping.

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