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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Types of Cannabis Vapes
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 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 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.
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
THC & CBD Cannabis Distillate
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.
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.