Vape THC cartridges are rapidly growing more popular with new cannabis consumers, and it’s not difficult to fathom why: They are portable, discreet and usually less pungent than flower. During the first four months of 2018, Californians purchased $165 million worth of THC vape juice carts, Coloradans shelled out $62.4 million for them and Oregonians spent $31 million, according to data from BDS Analytics, making cartridges the top-selling product in all three states. Given the hype, let’s examine both cartridges and their contents, as there is a wide range of quality on the market.
While there might be exceptions, cartridges (the vessels holding the cannabis extracts) can largely be categorized as high or low quality.
Typically, low-quality cartridges:
are made of plastic (terpenes can penetrate plastic, and plastic can potentially leach chemicals from the oil),
have poor-quality or ill-fitting O-rings that leak; and
have pre-moistened wicks primed with glycerin or propylene glycol that can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Low-quality cartridges will have a higher customer return rate (if a return policy exists) and will drive away customers who become frustrated with the lackluster experience.
High-quality cartridges typically:
are made of premium materials, such as glass, metal and ceramic;
have properly-sized O-rings; and
have sealed joints that prevent contact between the air and cartridge contents.
Choose your cartridges wisely and always examine the cartridge’s quality. A low-cost cartridge is not necessarily better for your business, and it alerts the customer that the contents might be poor-quality, too.