Vape cartridges have become some of the most popular items on dispensary menus. Flavourful, potent, compact, and packed with a variety of different concentrated oils, it’s not hard to see why people love them so much. But have you ever wondered how a vape cartridge is actually made?
How Is A Vape Cart Made?: The Parts
A Vape cartridge is made from three main parts: the mouthpiece, the chamber, and the atomizer.
The mouthpiece is the top part of the cartridge that allows the vapor to flow upwards out of the chamber and towards the user. The mouthpiece is usually screwed onto the chamber to seal it, and is sometimes reinforced with a little glue. Cartridge mouthpieces are usually made either from plastic, metal, or ceramic material.
The chamber is the central, and largest, part of the cartridge. It sits in the middle of the cartridge, tying the whole thing together. It’s also where the concentrated oil that is vaped goes. Cartridge chambers are typically made from see-through plastic and are sealed at the top by the mouthpiece and at the bottom by the atomizer.
Last but not least is the atomizer. An atomizer is effectively a heating element that is powered up by the battery underneath it. It works to heat up the oil inside the chamber, turning it into vapor and allowing it to move up through the mouthpiece. Some atomizers are heated by the battery when you press the button on the pen. For pens that work without a button, the atomizer heats up when the built-in sensor detects the upwards airflow of an inhale. Atomizers are typically made from either metal or ceramic material.
How Is a Vape Cart Made?: What’s In a Vape Cartridge?
Vape cartridges can be loaded up with one of several different kinds of extracted oils.
Distillate: Distillate is a purified cannabis oil that is made by stripping away and dividing all the contents of an extract, leaving behind just pure THC. Because of this, many distillate oils can sometimes reach as high as 99% THC, giving you the best bang for your buck if THC is what you care about most. But this often results in a bland and weird-tasting oil, so most distillate oils are topped up with a few terpenes for extra flavor.
Live Resin Oil: Live resin is a gooey, yet solid, concentrate. However, it can also be converted into an oil and placed into a cartridge. Live resin cartridges tend to have fewer cannabinoids, but more terpenes than other kinds of carts. Don’t expect to see the same THC percentage as you would with a distillate, or even CO2 oil, cartridge. But live resin cartridges are definitely tastier and more flavorful than other options.
CO2 Oil: CO2 oils are made using a supercritical CO2 extraction method. Many people prefer CO2 oils because they are extracted using CO2 instead of potentially dangerous solvents like butane. Like live resin oil, and unlike distillate, CO2 oils contain all of the natural cannabinoids and terpenes that would be found in the plant it was extracted from. While usually not as flavorful as live resin cartridges, they tend to be a bit more potent.
Putting It All Together
To put it all together, first the atomizer is attached to the bottom of the chamber. Then the chamber is filled with oil. And finally, the mouthpiece is attached to the top of the cartridge, sealing the unit and making it ready for use.
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