What you should know about CBD cartridges
It’s never been easier to choose a fantastic CBD cartridge for vaping, with consumers presented with more options than ever, and brand quality improving across the board. In this guide, we are going to focus specifically on pre-filled disposable CBD cartridges, not CBD e-liquid or CBD vape juice, as these are used in refillable devices.
Some brands will claim that their disposable CBD cartridges are refillable, although this isn’t strictly true. While some cartridges can technically be refilled, these cartridges typically fail after around 150 to 200 draws, and therefore have such a short lifespan that it’s disingenuous to label them truly refillable. Most devices using disposable cartridges have USB charging, a great plus if you plan on using yours on the road.
What’s important when picking a CBD cartridge?
Potency: The first thing you should be looking for when purchasing CBD cartridges is the potency, or strength. CBD counts drastically vary, and regular users will need the higher dosages to counteract the increased tolerance that comes with consistent use. CBD potency in cartridges is measured in milligrams, either as an overall count or mg/ml.
Relative price: As well as considering the actual price of a CBD cartridge, you can only determine whether a product is good value by comparing it to other potencies. For example, a 50mg cartridge for $30 is better value than a 25mg cartridge for $20, as the cost per milligram for the 50mg cartridge is significantly lower. Just remember to take fewer draws than usual with more potent CBD cartridges.
Source: It’s important to know how the CBD used in your CBD cartridges has been extracted. The best companies use the pricey but purer CO2 extraction method. This is because the hemp plant picks up toxins and metals from the soil, and without a high quality extraction method, these can sneak into the CBD oil – while not necessarily a health risk, why consume something that’s easily avoidable?
Good brands provide transparent testing results for potential customers, either courtesy of in-house testing or – and this is the preferred method – third-party testing.
Ingredients: Find out the exact ingredients used in your CBD cartridges. Some products will just contain pure hemp oil, whereas others contain mixing agents such as propylene glycol (PG). PG is used in nicotine e-liquids to help recreate the clouds produced from smoking cigarettes. While cool to look at, PG is not needed in CBD cartridges, so don’t fear buying a product without it.
Natural production: This is a continuation of the point on ingredients. Determine whether your CBD cartridges are made with full-spectrum CBD (oil containing other cannabinoids, terpenes and compounds – except psychoactive THC), or if companies have added artificial chemical instead.
Top 5 CBD cartridges
Now let’s take a look at some of the best CBD cartridges on the market today, ranking them in order based on potency, cost per milligram, ingredients used and flavor.
5) Just Chill – 1ml Vape Pen
Just Chill’s CBD cartridges come in rather expensive at $1.43 per mg of CBD. The total CBD content in the 1ml vape pen is 28mg, and unfortunately the company doesn’t use pure CBD, which unsurprisingly means the flavor isn’t natural either.
However, as far as medicating goes, these CBD cartridges do the job, albeit in a costly manner. While not a standout pick, if your options are limited and you need relief fast, Just Chill’s disposable cartridges have you covered.
4) Kanavape – CBD Hemp Cartridge
At $0.74 per mg of CBD, Kanavape’s Hemp Cart CBD cartridges are cheaper than Just Chill’s, but more expensive than others. Each cartridge has 25mg of CBD. The great aspect of this cartridge though is the natural flavoring, despite the lack of purity in the concoction. Kanavape has created a mix that tastes phenomenal, really allowing you to immerse in the flavor of CBD.
Medicating-wise, the Hemp Cartridge is good for both physical and mental relief. Effectiveness and tastiness make this a solid, reliable product from Kanavape.
3) Alternate Vape – Vape Shot
The Vape Shot from Alternate Vape introduces us to more cost effective CBD cartridges, with this product boasting a total CBD content of 30mg, priced at a mere $0.40 per mg. However, the Vape Shot doesn’t use pure CBD oil, and as a consequence the flavor somewhat lacks.
A potent pick, Alternate Vape has developed a cartridge good for all ailments, satisfying both novice and expert CBD users.
2) Hemp Hookahzz – Hemp Cartridge
Hemp Hookahzz’ Hemp Cartridge is even cheaper than Alternate Vape’s, with their disposable containing 40mg CBD at just $0.30 per mg. It isn’t a pure CBD product, with vegetable glycerine used as the mixing agent – although VG is generally considered healthier than PG.
The CBD used by Hemp Hookahzz is extracted from non-GMO hemp, grown without herbicides or pesticides, making for a natural experience that shines through while medicating.
1) Vape Bright – Thrive
Above and beyond the rest is the wonderful Thrive from Vape Bright, a world leader in CBD cartridges for multiple reasons. First, we have the astounding 200mg CBD potency, delivered at just $0.25 per mg, meaning Thrive cartridges last much longer than those from other brands.
Furthermore, Vape Bright uses pure black CBD hemp oil paste to make the finished product, which is also loaded with terpenes to recreate that much-loved marijuana flavor.
Vape Bright has definitely shown the way for other companies manufacturing CBD cartridges, and offers its powerful disposables for just $50 – comparable to other cartridges, yet with four or five times as much CBD. The Vape Bright Thrive is battery operated, and these can be recharged. Carrying cases and other Thrive-specific accessories are also available.
The CBD cartridge market is growing thanks to their efficiency and simplicity, which encourage portable vaping. New brands are popping up all the time, and hopefully soon we’ll have disposable CBD cartridges that rival Vape Bright’s Thrive. Until then, we thoroughly recommend you make the Thrive your go-to choice for medicating with CBD cartridges.