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Ultimate Guide To: Cannabis Vapes

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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

Vaping itself isn’t really a new thing—you’ve probably seen a vape before. But cannabis vapes, more specifically cannabis extract vapes, 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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Different vape formats

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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 “well wait a minute...I already use a cannabis vape, so how are these new? You must be making it up.” Well, we’re not. Up until now, in the cannabis world, only dried flower vapes have been legal. The new ones you’ve been seeing 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

 

Extract vapes are the ones you’ll start seeing more and more now that they’ve been legalized in Canada. They contain cannabis extract instead of dried flower, and the extract either comes in a cartridge that attaches to a battery, or as part of the vape pen itself. Using a heating element (which is called an atomizer...sweet name), the extract is heated and the active compounds of the extract are released as a vapour.

 

Extract vapes are more commonly known as vape pens, and offer a portable cannabis experience. They can be sold as standalone cartridges (which contain the cannabis extract) that need to be paired with a battery (which can be recharged), or they can be sold as an all-in-one pen. It really depends on the kind of experience you’re looking for.

 

Tweed 510 Cartridges will be compatible with JUJU PowerTM, our cutting edge vape battery. It’s a rechargeable and compact cannabis extract vape battery, all rolled into a sleek design. One of the benefits of JUJU PowerTM is its buttonless activation, which means you won’t be worrying about button combinations to unlock your vape. The vape cartridge and battery will be sold separately, allowing you to personalize your cannabis experience.

 

Ready-to-use vapes

 

Ready-to-use vape pens often come as the “all-in-one” option. They don’t require additional accessories, and 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 one as a gift—there’s less commitment involved. 

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Bakerstreet Houndstooth and Penelope vape 510 cartridges with mouthpiece tank and atomizer Bakerstreet Houndstooth and Penelope vape 510 cartridges with mouthpiece tank and atomizer
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What is cannabis distillate? 

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Cannabis distillate is a concentrated cannabis extract used in beverages, edibles, and—you guessed it—vape pens. Cannabis extracts can contain high concentrations of the plant’s active compounds, like cannabinoids and terpenes.

 

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 and eventually the pressure is slowly released. What’s left is CO2 in a gaseous state which gets 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.

 

See? Sciency. 

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Anatomy of a cannabis vape pen 

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Every vape pen has its own unique style and features, but there are four things every cannabis vape pen 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 cartridges are made with quality materials like surgical-grade stainless steel for the heating coil, ceramic for the core atomizer, and borosilicate glass for the reservoir. Now, if you’re reading this and thinking “...so what?” well then keep reading...we’re getting there. These materials have a high heat resistance, and they can reduce chemical leaching into your vape extract. The vape cartridges screw into a 510 compatible battery, and then you’re ready to go.

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Mouthpiece chamber and atomizer of a Tweed cannabis vape 510 cartridge Mouthpiece chamber and atomizer of a Tweed cannabis vape 510 cartridge
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1. Mouthpiece: where you inhale

2. Tank/chamber: contains cannabis extract you’ll vapourize

3. Atomizer: the small heating element that vapourizes the cannabis extract

 

Tweed 510 vape cartridges can be used with JUJU PowerTM, our cutting edge vape battery. Housed inside the sleek design of JUJU PowerTM is rechargeable and compact cannabis extract vape battery. JUJU PowerTM is optimized to provide you with an elevated vaping experience.

 

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1. 510 cartridge: the part that holds the cannabis extract

2. Rechargeable battery (sold separately): gives power to the atomizer

 

Ready-to-use cannabis vape pens

 

Ready-to-use vape pens have a mouthpiece, battery, heating element, and cannabis extract, they’re just all built together. Think of it as a one-stop shopping experience. When you buy a ready-to-use vape pen, it’s just that: ready to use.

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1. Mouthpiece: where you inhale

2. Tank/chamber: contains cannabis extract you’ll vapourize 

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Closed system vs open system

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Comparison of Tweed Bakerstreet closed system cannabis vape and open system 510 vape Comparison of Tweed Bakerstreet closed system cannabis vape and open system 510 vape
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Vape safety concerns

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Obviously there’s been a lot of news coverage about the safety of vapes, and that’s a valid concern. Part of the issue with some of those other vapes you’re hearing about is that they contain diluents and additives like vitamin E acetate and vegetable glycerin, which have been linked to the more dangerous effects of vaping. We wanted to make sure we took measures to provide a vape we stand by, so we avoided those ingredients entirely.

 

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

 

UL certification

 

The JUJU Power and Tokyo Smoke Luma Vape Battery, along with our JUJU Joints, will be UL 8139 Certified™, which means the hardware components (including the battery) are safe to use. UL stands for “Underwriters Laboratories,” and is a global safety certification that checks for electrical and fire safety, as well as hazardous substances, performance testing, and compliance education (among other things).

 

Long story short: if it’s not UL certified, its electrical components might not be safe.

 

Long story shorter: UL certification = important and good. 

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Responsible use

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Vaping cannabis extract might be new territory for some, and even if it’s not, you could always do with a refresher on consuming responsibly.

 

Onset and duration

 

When you vape cannabis, you could feel the effects within seconds to minutes. These effects could  last up to six hours, and in some cases as long as 24 hours. It’s always important to start low and go slow when consuming cannabis, especially if you’re trying a new format or strain for the first time.

 

Vape extract strength 

 

Every vape product will have the THC and CBD levels printed clearly on the package. Always check what the potency of a product is before consuming it. If you’re new to cannabis, Health Canada recommends  a “product containing 2.5 mg of THC or less or 10% THC (100 mg/g) or less, and an equal or higher amount of CBD.”

 

Regulations

 

Technically, you’ll be able to buy cannabis extract vapes anywhere you can legally buy cannabis in Canada, depending on availability, so that’s a bonus. Each province has its own regulations when it comes to where you can vape cannabis, so make sure you know the rules in your area.

 

As for how much you can carry, the limit is still 30 g of dried cannabis or the equivalent. The “equivalent” part is what you need to focus on for vapes. Each label will contain the equivalency to dried cannabis on the packaging, making it easier for Canadians to adhere to the public possession limit.

 

Cannabis vapes are limited to a maximum 1000 mg of THC per package, but we’ll have some vapes that offer lower amounts for those who want it. Right now there aren’t any limits as to how much CBD a vape can contain. If that changes, then we will too. We’re kind of sticklers for the rules around here.

 

Recycling Cannabis Packaging

 

Creating more waste isn’t something we want to do, which is why we partnered with TerraCycle to create the Tweed | TerraCycle Cannabis Vape Recycling Program. We’ll take any cannabis vape batteries and cartridges from Canopy Growth brands and recycle the materials to create new products. We worked hand-in-hand with TerraCycle to make sure our vapes were made with materials that can be given a second life.

 

Oh, would you look at that? A list of Canopy Growth brands whose vape batteries and cartridges we’ll accept:    

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Tweed

JUJU Joints

Tokyo Smoke

Twd.

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If you have cannabis packaging to dispose of, we’ll take that off your hands with the Tweed | TerraCycle Cannabis Packaging Recycling Program.

 

Illicit market

 

If the products on the illicit market were safe, then they wouldn’t be on the illicit market, now would they? Like we talked about earlier, other vapes can contain dangerous additives in their cannabis extracts which could lead to an unsafe vaping experience. Plus, there’s no way of knowing where the cannabis these people use comes from. We closely monitor our growing process and conduct extensive tests to make sure our cannabis isn’t contaminated with pesticides or other gross things like that. The growers on the illicit market can’t say the same. 

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What we’ve learned

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●      Cannabis vapes involve science.

●      Cannabis vapes come in different formats.

●      We stand by our cannabis vapes.

●      You can buy cannabis vapes here.

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