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How do vape carts work?

How do vape carts work?

Vape carts, which is short for vaporizer cartridges, are full of cannabis concentrates like oils, distillates and live resin.

Vape carts offer a convenient and user-friendly method of cannabis consumption. Designed to fit into a vape battery, this portable and discreet option has gained immense popularity among cannabis enthusiasts.

Are all vape carts the same?

Two main types of vape carts exist in the market: proprietary and universal. Proprietary vape carts are specifically designed to connect to certain types of batteries from particular companies, creating a tailored experience. On the other hand, universal vape carts, often referred to as 510 threading, boast wide availability and compatibility with various brands of batteries, offering users greater flexibility in their choices.

Using vape carts is remarkably simple. Most vape pens feature a button that, when pressed, activates the heating element within the cartridge. Upon activation, all that’s needed is to inhale from the mouthpiece, which triggers the vaporization process. This straightforward “press and inhale” method ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for users.

An ideal option for the on-the-go cannabis user

The portability and ease of use make vape cartridges an ideal option for on-the-go cannabis consumption. Whether you’re hiking, attending social events, or simply relaxing at home, vape carts provide discreet and efficient access to the benefits of cannabis without the need for complex setups.

Despite the convenience, users should be mindful of the quality and safety of the vape cartridges they choose. It’s essential to select reputable brands that undergo rigorous testing to ensure the absence of harmful additives or contaminants. Additionally, proper storage and handling of vape carts can further enhance their longevity and overall user experience.

Why should I use vape carts instead of smoking cannabis?

Vape carts are a convenient, simple way to consume cannabis. Unlike joints, they do not burn cannabis while you consume it, so there is no excess smoke created. Most vape carts and batteries are more discreet than other methods of inhaling cannabis, which many people find helpful for when you’re vaping on the go.

Are there different types of vape carts?

There is a wide variety of vape carts and batteries on the market today. The most popular is called the 510 thread. This is the standard size of vape cart, and most companies that sell individual vape carts use this sizing so that you can put the cart onto any battery that you want or have. Some vape carts are specially made so that you can use them in a bong bowl as well. There’s a few different types of cartridges that work on a pod system. You buy the individual pods, and insert them into the proprietary battery. Often these pods are also magnetic. Every single brand will have indica, sativa and hybrid strains available.

What is inside vape carts?

The most common type of vape cart is distillate, which is just purified oil and some added terpenes on top of that. In 2023, a lot of people prefer other types of vape carts, due to the quality and flavour profiles that are possible.

Other types of carts could contain live rosin, live resin, CBD,  Delta 8, etc. and just about every single thing that you can think of. If it’s part of the cannabis industry, it’s probably been put into a cart or pod at some point. 

What is a distillate vape cart?

Distillate is often made from trim or shake, because through the distillation process, the plant matter is discarded. One way to think about distillate is comparing it to Everclear or moonshine. Though the material itself may be the most potent available on the market, the method of making it and the experience of consuming it might not be the best. 

Distillate is basically flavourless, but some companies add terpenes back into the distillate carts so that they contain similar cannabis flavour profiles.

What is a live resin vape cart?

Live resin is instantly frozen upon harvest. This is the way that producers get the most terpenes into the product itself, which creates the full flower flavor that everybody loves. Live resin is usually extracted with butane and purged in a vacuum oven. On the scale, it is often less potent than distillate, but the experience of vaping is often considered more enjoyable. 

What material are vape carts made out of?

There are many different materials used in vape carts, depending on which brand you’re choosing to buy. Some carts use metal and glass, some use ceramic. Whichever one you get is up to you. Some people prefer to use ceramic carts because they can heat up to higher temperatures without any concern for contamination from the cartridge itself. Ceramic carts sometimes also taste better. The material that the cart is made out of doesn’t make that big of a difference though, so choose whichever cart appeals to you!

Is vaping better for me than smoking cannabis?

Vaping is a method of consuming cannabis through inhalation. Unlike smoking, vaping heats the cannabis product to create a fine mist or vapor that is inhaled whereas smoking burns cannabis to create smoke. While vaping does not involve burning or combustion, it still exposes you to chemicals that are created in the heating process. These chemicals can be harmful to lung health. 

How can I vape weed?

Vaping devices can have different names, including mods, vapes, vape, pens, sub ohms, and E focus. They’re typically battery powered and can come with removable parts. Most vaping devices consist of a mouthpiece, heating element, and chamber or tank that stores the substance. Vaping devices come in many shapes and sizes. Some look like pens are small USBs but some are much larger. They can be refillable, or made for single use. 

What is the most common mistakes people make with vapes?

The most common mistake that vapors make is not unlocking their vaporizer. Most vaporizers, especially the ones with the push button, come locked so you can’t just screw in a cartridge and start vaping. Different types of batteries have different methods for unlocking them, but you generally have to press the button five times in quick succession, which would then unlock the device. 


  1. Janet Bernier
    April 4, 2023 at 9:09 am

    I bought 2 vape carts. One Death Bubba and one Rock Star. The Death Bubba was great. But the Rockstar doesn’t want to smoke. It’s broken. May I sent it back for a credit? If so where should I mail it?

    1. Lucky Herbz
      April 20, 2023 at 9:52 am

      Hi Janet,
      Sorry to hear about the faulty cartridge! Sometimes the mechanism is compromised with air freight. Please reach out to [email protected] and the problem will be resolved!
      Thanks for shopping with us 🙂
      Lucky Herbz

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