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What's Really Inside Your Cannabis Vape Cartridge?

Do you even vape, bro?

Almost completely non-existent a few short years ago, vaping of both cannabis and tobacco-related products has exploded in the past few years. Touted as a safer, more discreet way to consume cannabis, there are literally hundreds of different vape cartridge makers vying for space in the quickly crowding market. Even though whole, dried cannabis flowers are still by far the favorite of both medicinal and recreational marijuana consumers, vape products are quickly catching up.

"Whereas in 2015, vaporizer cartridges only comprised six percent of Eaze’s total sales, in just a year they saw a 400 percent increase, climbing to 24 percent of sales among their 250,000 customers in 2016. Flower, on the other hand, dropped from 75 percent of total sales to 54 percent within the same time frame,” states the 2016 State of Cannabis report from weed delivery service Eaze.

With both new and seasons cannabis consumers jumping on the vape train, it’s remarkable how few have actually stopped to ask what’s inside those tiny cartridges that they’re so voraciously inhaling.

As makers of pure, food grade terpenes, True Blue is dedicated to producing products that taste great, smell amazing, and most of all, are completely safe for human use. Why take something as therapeutic as cannabis and ruin it with a lot of toxic chemicals?

In this blog, we’re going to take a closer look at what’s contained in many cannabis vape cartridges, and why it’s so important to choose brands that use food grade cannabis terpenes (or make your own using our pure terpenes for sale!)

Materials Matter When It Comes To Flavor

First, let’s talk about the hardware. Most vape companies purchase the important parts of their cartridges and pens straight from China (yeah, despite the high price tag that retailers charge here in the USA). This means it can be difficult to ensure quality materials. The best vape cartridges, i.e. the ones that do the best job of preserving flavor and potency without transferring anything nasty into your lungs, are made from stainless steel with a ceramic core. It's also important to look out for plastic and low-grade wire, both of which can be dangerous and unhealthy to vape.

Terpenes Matter When It Comes To Safety

In the early days of cannabis vaping, manufacturers would use polyethylene glycol, or PEG, as a cutting agent to thin out the viscous cannabis oil. Unfortunately, PEG has often been shown to be contaminated with ethylene oxide, which is classified as a carcinogen.

Once this became common knowledge, the industry slowly began to shift away from PEG, using pure terpenes instead. While this is a much healthier decision, as terpenes are found in cannabis already, it’s always important to research how these terpenes are made and from where they’re sourced. Only use vape cartridges and pens that utilize pure, food grade terpenes to ensure the best vaping experience.

Remember! If you’d rather have complete control over what goes into your body, you can always make your own marijuana vape liquid using the terpenes we have for sale at True Blue. Shop our full selection of cannabis strain-matching food grade terpenes today!