People love vaping weed because of its health benefits, portability, and discretion. There are many different types of vaping systems: 510-threaded cartridges that work with most batteries, pods or cartridges that only work with a specific company’s hardware, disposable pens that get tossed as soon as you finish, and the list goes on.
So how do you find the best one? Combining quality weed, extraction skill, and vape hardware, whatever experience you’re looking for, we’ve got a list of the best vape cartridges money can buy.
And if you can’t find these or simply don’t want them, down below we’ve got some tips on how to find a high-quality cart that’ll set your mind and body straight.
Raw Garden live resin cartridges
These Raw Garden 510 cartridges are delicious. Even more than delicious, they’re effective—they will get you high as hell.
An issue with vape carts in general, for people who really smoke weed everyday like Nate Dogg told you to, is that the high doesn’t really get you that high. It’s just a lil’ tooter to keep you going until you get back to some actual flower or dabs. Well Raw Garden’s live resin cartridges will get you HIGH.
Their vape batteries are powerful and long-lasting, and work great with DMT vape cartridges too. Just an FYI.
How to find a quality vape cartridge
There are hundreds of vape cartridge options out there. If you don’t like any of the above carts, here are some tips on how to find a high-quality cart that’s right for any mood or feeling.
Type of vaporizer and battery
Choosing a vape cart starts with the type of battery you have. If you want the flexibility of 510 cartridges and access to the widest range of oils, you might want to get an upgraded battery like a Vessel Expedition that will last you a while and offer different temperatures.
If you’re going to go with a closed-pod system like PAX Era or Airo Pro, you’ve already made your hardware decision and will be limited to that brand’s types of oils.
The most important thing when finding a quality vape cartridge is if you want THC or CBD. There are other cannabinoids, but for the most part, THC and CBD are the most common. The industry isn’t at a place yet where producers are developing CBG, CBN, and other minor cannabinoid products at mass scale.
That said, THC gets you high and CBD doesn’t—but will still make your body feel good. Learn more about the two here.
Potency and terpenes
When you look at the package of a cartridge, look at two main metrics: THC/CBD percentage and terpene percentage. Essentially, the amount of THC or CBD will tell you how powerful the experience will be, while the terpene percentage will let you know how flavorful it’ll be. If the package tells you specific terpenes, then you’ll also have an idea on how the high will make you feel.
As a rule of thumb, the higher the THC/CBD percentage, the stronger the high will be; the higher the terpene percentage, the more flavorful and dynamic the vape oil will taste.
And you usually can’t have both: If you get a vape cartridge with 90% THC, expect that the flavor will be nil or there will be artificial flavor additives; if you get one with 18% terpenes, expect that it will explode with tasty vapor, but the effects might not punch the hardest.
Everything about the quality of vape cartridges starts and ends with the oil. You don’t need to be a cannabis scientist, but know that how the oil was made will influence its taste and effects.
Distillates, live resin, rosin, etc., all have their own flavor profile and experience. Educate yourself of the wide variety of extraction methods that make concentrates here, as well as the different types of vape oils here.
Purity and color
Oils can come in a wide variety of colors, and usually, the more golden-amber the color, the better. If the oil inside’s got a sweet, golden-amber color that looks like a Tree Sap IPA, you’re good.