THC Cartridges: What Are They & How Do They Work?

May 17, 2023

There are few cannabis products on the market that are as easy to use and convenient as THC cartridges. From their portability to their customization (just about anyone can find a formula and strain they enjoy), THC cartridges are popular for a reason. Here, we’ll give you the details you need to give THC vape cartridges a try.

What are THC Vape Cartridges?

THC vape cartridges are glass vape cartridges (sometimes called THC carts or just carts) that have been pre-filled with half a gram or a full gram of cannabis oil. While you can find vape cartridges filled with THC distillate, that is, oil with only THC in it, you can also find vape cartridges that have a variety of cannabinoids, including THC, and terpenes that give them a certain smell and flavor. 

While THC vape carts tend to contain higher amounts of THC, there are plenty of options available on the market. In fact, if you prefer lower-potency cannabis products, there are also vape carts that keep THC levels low and instead have moderate to high levels of CBD.

How do THC Cartridges Work?

If your preferred method of consuming cannabis is inhaling it, there is probably no easier product on the market than THC cartridges. THC cartridges work by using a vape battery.

Once you’ve selected your preferred vape cart, grab your battery. There are some carts that only go with a particular battery, and there are also batteries that are pretty universal. When you’re ready to use your THC cart, just attach it to the battery. 

Then, operate the battery. Some require you to hold a power button and inhale, others need a couple of presses of the button to turn the battery on so it’s ready to go. Vape batteries can also have different temperature settings, allowing you to customize your experience based on if you want more flavor (low temp) or more potency (high temp). 

What’s in THC Cartridges?

Like with any cannabis product, THC cartridges give you options, depending on what you like about your cannabis products. You can purchase carts based on everything from their potency to their terpene and cannabinoid profile. Here are the three most common formulas for THC cartridges:

Full-Spectrum Vape Cartridges

Love the flavor, aroma, and cannabinoids that come in cannabis products? Full-spectrum vape cartridges are perfect for you. Full-spectrum means that this vape cart contains both primary cannabinoids (THC and CBD), as well as minor cannabinoids and terpenes, which give the oil a distinct scent and flavor. If you’re a fan of the entourage effect and enjoy products that get as close as possible to flower, full-spectrum vape cartridges are a great option.

Concentrates Vape Cartridges

While there are plenty of concentrates on the market that need a dab pen or dab rig to enjoy, there are some concentrates that come in vape cartridges. These concentrates include distillates, live resin and rosin, and other types of butane hash oil (BHO). Concentrate vape cartridges are loaded the same way any other cartridge is and can be attached to a vape battery to be enjoyed.

CBD-Specific Vape Cartridges

Interested in steering clear of high-potency products? CBD-specific vape cartridges give you this option. You can find CBD carts that literally only contain a CBD distillate, and you can find vape cartridges with higher concentrations of CBD when compared to their THC content. Depending on what you’re looking for, there is likely a CBD-specific vape cart on the market that will suit your needs.

What Types of Vape Cartridges Can I Buy?

There are three types of cartridges you will commonly see on the market. They include:

  • 510 thread: The 510 thread cartridge is one of the easiest to find. It’s generally considered a universal fit because most batteries come in a 510 option.

  • Disposable: There are some vape cartridges that come built into a battery. While this prevents you from being able to swap out different THC cartridges, it’s a great option if you prefer a specific brand and don’t want to have to mess with carrying and charging your own battery.

  • Device-specific: There are certain cartridges on the market that require a specific type of battery. These carts tend to be specific to a certain brand, and once you find the brand and strain you enjoy, a device-specific cart is as easy to use as any other on this list. 

If you’re new to vape cartridges, or if you tend to really only enjoy a specific strain, the 510 thread and the disposable vape are going to be the best options for you.

How Do I Smoke THC Cartridges? 

Smoking THC cartridges is easy. If your THC cartridge isn’t part of a disposable vape pen, you’re going to need a battery, and you’ll need to connect your cartridge to the battery. Once that’s done, if your vape battery has a temperature setting, decide what you prefer. If you like the flavor of your cartridge and not as much potency, opt for a lower temperature. If you prefer higher potency and don’t care as much about the flavor, opt for a higher temperature. Of course, if you prefer the Goldilocks option, you can usually find a middle-of-the-road temperature.

Then, operate the battery according to the instructions. Typically, batteries have a power button on them. Some require you to click it a couple of times to turn on the battery, and it’s ready to go. Other vape batteries want you to hold the button down when you inhale. A quick peek at the battery’s instructions will let you know what you need to do to activate your battery. From there, you simply inhale the vapor. 

Answering FAQs About THC Vape Cartridges

We are constantly answering questions at all of our locations about cannabis products, and THC vape cartridges are no exception. Here are just a few of the asked and answered queries we’ve gotten this week: 

What is the difference between a vape and a THC cartridge?

The difference between a vape and a THC cartridge is that the vape is the pen or battery you connect to the THC cartridge. You need both a vape and a THC cartridge to consume cannabis in this way.

Do THC cartridges expire? 

Yes, THC cartridges do expire, but you can prolong the life of your THC cartridge by keeping it in a cool, dry place away from light. This includes not carrying it around in your pocket because your body heat can also cause the breakdown of your THC oil.

What sizes do THC cartridges come in? 

For the most part, you’re going to find THC cartridges in either 1-gram or .5-gram sizes.

Where Can I Purchase a THC Cartridge?

To purchase a high-quality THC cartridge, and to be able to choose from a selection of THC cartridges available, you’re going to want to visit one of our Livwell dispensaries. It’s easy to view our menu beforehand to get an idea of what you want to try before driving over. If you prefer just to see our stock in person, be sure to talk to a budtender. They’ll be able to show you what’s available and answer any questions you might have. 

Use of Marijuana Concentrate may lead to: Psychotic symptoms and/or Psychotic disorder (delusions, hallucinations, or difficulty distinguishing reality); Mental Health Symptoms/Problems; Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) (uncontrolled and repetitive vomiting); Cannabis use disorder/dependence, including physical and psychological dependence.   Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.  State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations. 

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