They became the hottest product in the cannabis market, and then vape pens hit a rough patch. 2019 was a challenging year for these tiny devices, but now, that’s all in the past. Vape pens are once again some of the most popular smoking devices out there today, and they’re safer than ever before.
There were so many vaping products on the market over the past few years; it became somewhat overwhelming. The good news is these products now belong to a more streamlined group of cannabis products that are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and can be hidden rather well.
Toward the end of 2019, vape pens, vaporizers, concentrates, and edibles became legal to sell and possess. That, combined with clearing up the mystery in the states, helped launch vape pens right back into the mainstream cannabis culture.
Let’s go back and look at how THC vape pens ended up where they are today.
What Went Wrong
The worst thing you can do when using cannabis and cannabis-based products is to use them illegally. The entire vape pen fiasco of 2019 stemmed from devices that came into the United States and in some parts of Canada illegally. They were not products sold in dispensaries in either country. Hundreds of people became sick, struggling with severe lung issues after consuming the vaping liquid in these products.
That’s because the vape juice wasn’t the only thing in the illegal vape pens. They also included a substance called Vitamin-E acetate, a chemical compound known to cause lung problems. Those devices are gone, and the ordeal shines a light on the importance of buying your products from a reputable dispensary every single time.
Types of THC Vape Pens
Fast forward to today, and there are once again dozens of THC vape pens available at brick-and-mortar and online dispensaries. The two basic categories of vape pens are disposable devices and refillable devices.
Disposable pens come with an attached cartridge, pre-filled with vape juice. Refillable pens include a separate chamber that holds the vape juice and can be refilled repeatedly. With both products, there is a wide variety of vape juice flavours and strengths out there. That makes it easy to seek out what you like and what works to help you achieve your desired result.
Disposable vape pens are also called e-cigarettes or electronic pens, and they are popular for many reasons. Most people like these devices because they are easy and convenient to use. They also tend to be more affordable, and they’re an excellent option for a casual user.
THC vape pens get their power from a battery. Sometimes, these are replaceable batteries, and some devices feature a rechargeable battery source. They also include a heating mechanism and a cartridge to hold the concentrate or vape oil. The disposable version comes pre-loaded, and when you finish using it, you toss it in the trash. The amount of waste the disposable vape pens generate turns many people away from these devices, so if you’re environmentally conscious, you may want to keep that in mind.
Some small vape pens look exactly like the disposable versions and are a bit smaller than a handheld vaporizer. Small, removable vape cartridges screw into these pens easily and are easy to remove, as well. With these devices, the cartridges stay connected to the pen until it’s empty. Once it’s gone, the cartridge goes in the trash instead of the whole THC pen.
Using Your Disposable Vape Pen
Vape pens and vaporizers are two convenient ways to consume a category of cannabis products called concentrates. By definition, these cannabis products are more potent than dry cannabis flowers that you smoke. Cannabis concentrates can have THC levels as high as 50% or 60%, although some people say they can find concentrates with as much as 80% THC.
Even if the cannabis concentrate is around 50% THC concentration, that’s still significantly higher than that of a dry cannabis flower. With those products, THC levels usually come in around 10% to 30%, which is on the higher end.
Vape pens all feature some type of heating element. Most of the time, the pen has a button that you hold down until you hear that familiar crackle sound. While you’re pushing the button, activating the heating element, you inhale the vapours produced by the pen. When you finish all the vape juice in the pen, you toss the entire device in the trash, and you’re done.
Those are the basic steps for using a disposable THC vape pen, but the expert users know there are a few tricks you can use to make the experience even better. These tricks also make the vape juice cartridge last a little longer.
Keys to Using Your Vape Pen
Every cannabis tool or device has its own set of rules. People with some experience typically find a few extra tips along the way that help improve how these vape pens work. When it comes to heating up the THC vape pen, you don’t want to overdo it or force it to heat up too quickly. These heating elements are tiny, and they get extremely hot. When you hear the crackling sound, let go of the button, inhale, and press it down again. Doing this off and on will help keep the element at a more consistent temperature. That will help keep the device and the vape juice at a comfortable spot, so you don’t toast your hand or throat.
Many pre-filled THC vape pens use about 1 ml of vape juice. If you buy a disposable THC vape pen, don’t try to refill it. Leave the cartridge intact and toss the entire device in the trash. If you want to be able to reuse your device, your best bet is to get a reusable and refillable vaporizer. Those devices are better suited for frequent users who enjoy trying a wide variety of products.
With disposable THC pens and disposable cartridge pens, always make sure they’re fully charged before each use. Once the battery starts to die, the power diminishes quickly, and you may notice suddenly it’s tough to pull any vapour through the pen. If this happens, take a break, plug it in, and try again later.