Discreet and elegant. Stylish and efficient. You may think we’re describing the newest smartphone, but we’re actually talking about a newer luxury product– cannabis oil vape pens.
With cannabis legal in 10 states plus Washington D.C. and the recently approved Farm Bill, using cannabis is becoming a part of the culture. And those who want a healthier way to consume THC are turning to table-top vaporizers and handheld vape pens.
Yet choosing the right vape pen for your unique lifestyle can be a daunting task. You’re too busy to research all the options out there. That’s why we created this handy guide to help you shop smart.
Want to know how to choose the best cannabis oil vape? Keep reading for everything you need to know before you buy.
Choosing a Vape by Temperature Control
Handheld vape pens can be divided into two categories: proprietary and open-source.
These two vaporizer types differ in price and features. But the main difference between them is the sensitivity of the device’s temperature control capabilities.
Open Source Vapes
Open-source vaporizers are also known as 5/10-thread vapes.
Usually the cheapest option, 5/10-thread vapes are well-loved for their customizability. You can choose the shape, size, and color of your choosing.
However, you’ll have to trade quality for the low price. 5/10-thread vape pens break much more easily than more expensive options. That’s usually because the vape itself is made of lower quality material.
The coil and the atomizer may also wear out more frequently due to low-sensitivity temperature control. Open-source vapes have been known to fall apart after a few uses when operated with the wrong battery type.
If you don’t want to deal with the problems that come with open-source vapes, a proprietary cannabis oil vape pen is the better option.
Proprietary vapes come with more features than their inferior competition. These include:
- Metered dosing
- Remote locking
- Hit tracking
- Party Games
Unlike 5/10-thread vapes, these pens offer the ability to control the temperature to a single degree. Temperature control is extremely important for the healthiest vape hit possible. It also helps you avoid getting mouthfuls of dry hits at the end of your vaping session.
Proprietary vapes are even more customizable than open-source pens. That’s because you can get engravings added to your pen. For some more aesthetic-minded buyers, this makes the whole experience a little more personal.
All these features will cost you, though. Proprietary vape pens often cost 20%-30% more than 5/10 cannabis pens.
While most proprietary vapes only work with a certain type of cannabis oil, disposable vapes are the exception. These convenient and powerful devices come with a pre-loaded cartridge of concentrate.
Choosing the Right Materials
Your vape should be made of the highest quality materials you can get your hands on.
But even among good materials, there are some you should keep an eye out for. Even the highest quality materials may not work well with high levels of heat. To avoid negative health issues, here are the materials you should be looking for.
Your device should be made of pure titanium and not a titanium alloy.
Most vapes that are made of pure titanium will mention the grade (usually Grade 1 or Grade 2). If it doesn’t, don’t be afraid to ask the retailer for a grade test. Any sellers who refuse should have you seeing red flags.
Keep in mind, though, that pure titanium vapes only work with a specific type of batteries. Pure titanium requires a battery with extremely low resistance. Choose a sub ohm battery for your titanium device for a quick fix to this issue.
You should also assure that you are buying a device with absolutely no teflon (PTFE) in the outer coating. PTFE is a non-stick coating often used in manufacturing. But combined with high heat, PTFE can release noxious fumes that may lead to health conditions.
The atomizer in your vape pen for cannabis oil should be made of quartz or titanium. You may also find atomizers made of ceramic. These are completley safe to use but they will decrease the quantity and flavor of your hit.
In direct contrast to ceramic, atomizers made of titanium poduce huge hits. They also work well with natural and added terpenes. That way, you get the best tasting hit possible. However, titanium atomizers can decrease the efficiency of your device depending on the metal’s grade.
Quartz atomizers are perfect for consumers who want high efficiency and delicious tasting product. You can get the best of both worlds with a quartz atomizer.
Attachments and Add-ons
Be wary of the material your attachments are made of.
Most devices include add ons made of copper. But some more expensive devices on the market have stainless steel attachments. Both are generally safe to use.
However, copper can exude harmful fumes that cause metal fume fever if it reaches a temperature over 1000 F.
Most vapes don’t have the option to turn the temperature this high. But lower quality vapes can reach this temperature and above if used with the wrong battery.
To be safe, always choose a vape pen with stainless steel attachments. This material is pricier. But the benefits to your health are worth it.
Caring for Your Cannabis Oil Vape Pen
An often overlooked reason for a poor vaping experience is not taking care of your cannabis oil vape pen.
The coil and other interior devices should be taken apart and cleaned frequently. This will keep resins from building up and give you the cleanest experience possible.
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