By Alden Linn
Owner, World of Weed
Here’s a riddle: What’s discreet, yet highly portable; very easy to use, but has seemingly millions of designs?
The answer: prefilled THC oil cartridges!
Also commonly called carts, vape pens, oil cartridges, disposable wax pens, weed vape pens, and hash oil pens, these (relatively) new pieces of cannabis technology have carved out a huge niche for themselves within the cannabis concentrates market throughout the past decade. Prefilled THC oil cartridges have become the go-to, most popular concentrates product among cannabis lovers – especially with the newer generations of cannabis users – and have only continued to grow in popularity.
That being said, there are a few factors that need to be taken into consideration before you just head on down to your favorite local dispensary and buy the first prefilled THC oil cartridges you find. Understanding the different types of these vape carts will help ensure that you make an educated decision on which of the prefilled THC oil cartridges are best for your personal needs and preferences.
Different Types of Prefilled THC Oil Cartridges
Familiarizing yourself with the different types of prefilled THC oil cartridges will make it much easier to find what you need during your next trip to the dispensary.
The different types of THC vape cartridges are:
Distillate: Distillate is highly refined cannabis oil, and can be produced from any cannabis extract, from ethanol to CO2, to BHO.
Mature cannabis plants hold hundreds of known and identifiable cannabinoids (We know of 113!), flavonoids, and terpenes. During the process of producing cannabis concentrate, these key compounds are all extracted from the plant material simultaneously through varying processes.
The compounds are then refined even further as a way to distill them into their purest form. The most popular methods for doing this are Steam Distillation, Molecular Distillation, and Vacuum Distillation, and they can produce single-compound cannabis oils that reach over 99% purity.
Because all of the unwanted compounds, such as chlorophyll, have been removed, only pure cannabinoids like THC or CBD remain. Distillate is also solvent-free, so you get a clean, smooth hit with plenty of flavor.
CO2 OIL: CO2 extraction involves using carbon dioxide, a non-toxic solvent, to separate the undesirable components from the plant, producing concentrated cannabis oil.
Usually a clear and amber in color, CO2 oil offers the strain’s natural flavors, which come through with each hit. This type oil also provides a wider range of cannabinoids than other forms, such as the pure distillate. This means the user gets the maximum medicinal benefit from each strain.
LIVE RESIN: Live resin is one of the more terpene-rich types of pre-filled THC oil cartridges, which means these will have more pungent flavors and aromas.
Producing live resin involves flash freezing the cannabis immediately after it’s been harvested. The cannabis is then kept at freezing temperatures throughout the entire extraction process. Using extreme cold preserves the cannabis’ terpene profile, ensuring the oil will have full flavor and scent.
FULL-SPECTRUM: Think of full spectrum as being the caviar of prefilled THC oil cartridges. Produced using the entire spectrum of bioavailable molecules contained in a specific cannabis strain. Nothing is added, removed, or reintroduced, leaving an oil that provides all the flavor, aromas, and effects of that specific strain – and one that is far superior to other types of prefilled THC oil cartridges out there.
CUT/UNCUT OIL: Sometimes, cannabis oil producers will use additives as supplemental thinning agents in their prefilled THC oil cartridges. Various hash oils are “cut” (infused) with certain substances, like polyethylene glycol (PEG), propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), such as coconut oil. Cutting the oil with these will make the batch less viscous and longer-lasting consistency that is most conducive to use within a standard atomizer.
Cutting the oil with additives is quite the controversial practice, due to consumer health concerns and issues that have come up. Instead, many producers are using terpenes, rather than cutting agents.
TERPENE-INFUSED: Adding terpenes to the oil helps to lower its viscosity, as well as significantly enhance the flavor and aromas. By bringing out the tastes and smells of the hash oil naturally, terpenes make for a potentially safer alternative to other types of cutting agents.
Furthermore, terpenes also help alter the effects of a particular prefilled THC oil cartridge by influencing the way the oil interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system. Cartridges can have terpene and strain-specific infusions, offering the traits and benefits of each particular strain.
Choosing the Best Prefilled THC Oil Cartridges
Just as with anything else in the cannabis world, there are so many different types of prefilled THC oil cartridges to choose from, each with its own unique benefits and drawbacks.
Want to know more? You can always ask one of our budtenders all about the cartridges before deciding on a purchase. No matter what your needs and preferences, there are prefilled THC oil cartridges available for everyone.
Looking to try these products? Find them and more at World of Weed, 3202 Portland Ave. E., or visit https://shop.worldofweed.com/tacoma.