Vaping itself isn’t really a new thing; you’ve probably seen a vape before. But cannabis vapes—more specifically cannabis extract vape cartridges and pens—are definitely new, and the technology behind them is pretty exciting.
If you like cannabis, science, reading, or any combination of the three, you’re in for a treat. If you like none of those things, well, we’re not sure how you got here.
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The word vape is pretty broad, right? There are a lot of different products that use the name “vape,” and you’re probably thinking, “Wait a minute… I already use a cannabis vape, so how are these new? You must be making it up.” Well, we’re not. Until October 2019, , in the cannabis world, only dried flower vapes were legal. Cannabis extract vapes work a little differently.
Dried Cannabis Flower Vapes
With a dried flower vape, the actual flower itself is used and heated to release the active compounds. You still need to get the cannabis flower, grind it, and add it to the vape—it’s a whole process. Once the cannabis is heated, the active compounds are released as a vapour (hence the name), which is what you inhale. Vaping might reduce exposure to combustion by-products that you might inhale from smoking cannabis, but it’s still quite a bit of effort.
Extract vapes were legalized in Canada in October 2019. They contain cannabis extract instead of dried flower; using a heating element (which is called an atomizer… sweet name), the extract is heated, which releases its active compounds as a vapour.
Extract vapes offer a discreet and portable cannabis experience. They can be sold as standalone cartridges (which contain the cannabis extract) and need to be paired with a battery (which can be recharged); or they can be sold as an all-in-one vape pen. It really depends on the kind of experience you’re looking for.
Tweed 510 vape cartridges are compatible with 510-threaded vape batteries, such as JUJU PowerTM. It’s a rechargeable and compact cannabis extract vape battery, rolled up in a sleek design. One of the benefits of JUJU Power is its buttonless activation, which means you won’t be worrying about button combinations to unlock your vape. The vape cartridge and battery are sold separately, allowing you to personalize your cannabis experience.
Ready-to-Use Vapes (Vape Pens)
Ready-to-use Tweed vape pens are the “all-in-one” vaping option. It’s all you need, from start to finish—and always ready when you are. Once the cannabis extract is gone, the vape pen can be recycled (more on that later). Ready-to-use vape pens might be a good option if you’re not a frequent user, or if you’re looking to give a vape as a gift—there’s less commitment involved.
There may be health risks associated with vaping that are not fully known or understood. Refer to the following for risks of vaping: www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/smoking-tobacco/vaping/risks.html
How is It Made?
In order to make cannabis distillate, you need to go through some pretty sciency stuff (yes, that’s the technical term for it). Through CO2 extraction, raw cannabis materials are combined with carbon dioxide that’s in a liquid state. These two are put under extreme pressure, then the pressure is slowly released. What’s left is CO2 in a gaseous state, which is released, leaving behind a concentrated cannabis extract.
The sciency stuff isn’t done yet, though—the extract still needs to go through short-path distillation. This process uses precise vacuum and heat control to turn a regular cannabis extract into a refined cannabis extract, or cannabis distillate. Now it’s ready to be added into products.
Every vape (whether it’s a ready-to-use vape pen or a combined vape cartridge and vape battery) has its own unique style and features, but there are four things every cannabis extract vape needs: a mouthpiece, a battery, a heating element, and some kind of extract. As for our vapes, this is what you can expect:
Tweed 510 Vape Cartridges
Our Tweed 510 vape carts are made with quality materials like surgical-grade stainless steel, high-quality ceramic, and borosilicate glass. These materials have a high heat resistance, and they can reduce chemical leaching into your vape extract. Just screw the cartridge into a compatible, 510-threaded battery, and you’re ready to go.