What’s The Deal with Shoddy Vape Carts Lately? 

Living in Indiana, a very restrictive midwestern state, it’s not as easy to find cannabis products as it is in my home state of California. Not only that, but the price point is much higher here. In California, I can easily find an ounce of decent weed for $100, sometimes less, whereas the same quality of flower costs me $200 in Indiana. That also applies to vape carts, and since dispensaries are not a thing here, those are even harder to find.  

As a workaround, I often stock up on live resin carts in CA, which I can find for about $20-$30/gram. I’ve been doing this for years, but in the last few months, I’ve noticed a sharp decline in the quality of the carts I’m buying. And not in the concentrate that’s within the carts – that’s still perfectly fine – the problem is with the carts themselves.  

From some leaking to others completely falling apart, the majority of the vape carts I’ve bought in the last year (roughly 60 percent) have been subpar. Is cutting corners with shoddy manufacturing the new standard in a struggling cannabis industry?  

How vape carts are made  

A vape cart is a pre-filled glass cartridge containing some type of cannabis concentrate, such as distillate or live resin oil. Vape carts consist of three primary parts: the mouthpiece, the chamber, and the atomizer. The mouthpiece is the top part of the cart that allows the user to pull vapor out of the chamber. They are usually made from plastic, metal, or ceramic metal, and they can be attached to the chamber in a few different ways, either screwed in or with a fitted seal and some glue.  

The chamber is the largest part of the cart, sitting right in the middle between the mouthpiece and atomizer, and containing the concentrate. The chamber can vary in size, some holding only half a gram and others holding up to 3 grams of oil. Vape cart chambers are usually made from clear plastic, but sometimes Pyrex glass is used.  

And finally we have the atomizer, which is a metal or ceramic heating element attached to the bottom of the chamber which heats the concentrate and turns it into vapor. This is the portion of the cart that screws into the battery. Some atomizers are heated by the battery when a button is pushed. Others, like the ones attached to disposable batteries without a button, utilize a sensor that detects upwards airflow when the user inhales.  

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Specific issues that I’ve noticed 

Unfortunately, I’ve had a variety of problems with my recent vape cart purchases ranging from mild and fixable, to complete failures that rendered the cart useless. First, let’s cover some of the milder problems. First, clogging. Almost all of my carts have clogged at some point, and this could be due in part to the fact that I prefer live resin, which is thicker than distillate. However, some of them got clogged to the point where no amount of sucking/inhaling would help. 

Another problem I had was leaking, where the live resin would leak out either through the mouthpiece or the atomizer. When it leaked through the mouthpiece, a couple of times I was able to wedge a small twig into the hole to plug it up and they continued working. But when it leaks out of the atomizer, there’s no way to fix it and it will end up leaking all over the battery and ruining that also.  

I’ve also had a couple of carts that completely fell apart, typically, the mouthpiece falls off and cannot be pushed back in. If more carts were made with mouthpieces that screwed in, this would not be an issue. A couple of time I had issues with the atomizer loosening as well, which again, led to concentrate leaking onto my battery.  

Why is this becoming more commonplace? 

When an industry is doing well, we see a few things that typically take place. Mainly, we see more job opportunities being created, a larger number of higher paying jobs and raises, and higher caliber products with quality design/engineering. Lately in the cannabis industry, we’re seeing the complete opposite; and the issues are global and ongoing.  

Some of the main problems we’ve been seeing stem from cannabis’ status as a schedule 1 controlled substance. Because of extremely high licensing and real estate fees, lack of access to traditional financial services, and the highly competitive nature of the cannabis industry, very few growers/retailers/processors are in the black right now. This has led to a wide array of problems from cheaper equipment being used to falsified lab reports, mass layoffs in the industry, and more.

When an industry begins cutting corners on a larger, more widespread scale, often the ones who gets the screwed the most in these scenarios are the consumers, because they are now receiving a subpar product for the same price that they used to pay for something decent.  

Case in point, I’ve been buying vape carts for years and never had as many issues with them as I have over the last few months. I also asked a few other friends who vape and they complained of similar problems, so it’s not just me being unlucky, the problem is becoming widespread. To the extent that some dispensaries are even offering insurance coverage for vape carts, so in the event that it breaks, you can mail it into the manufacturer for a refund or replacement. But since most of these carts are relatively cheap and that sounds like a bit of unneeded hassle, they’re likely banking on the fact that most people won’t be doing this.  

Despite how doom and gloom as all the above may sound, it’s really not all that bleak. As someone who attends conventions regularly, those are still very busy which is a great indication that industry professionals are seeing some profits and remaining hopeful. Also, more states are legalizing cannabis, the federal government likely will soon too, and new research on the benefits of using cannabinoids are still released on a regular basis. Many of the more established brands are companies are still holding strong as well. So, even though we’re seeing some issues, that doesn’t mean things can’t be turned around eventually.

Final thoughts

Since I haven’t seen this discussed anywhere in any serious capacity, I figured I would throw it out there to see if any of our readers are having similar dilemmas. Have you noticed a growing number of problems with your vape carts lately? If so, drop us a line in the comment section below, we’d love to get some more opinions on this!

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Top 5 Vaping Tips: How to Improve your Cannabis Vape Experience

The cannabis vaporizer is the perfect device, if you know how to utilise it. Have you finally purchased your own device? Are you wondering how to improve your experience with it? Are you considering smoking a joint instead? Well, stop right there. Weed vapes are products of the future and they have the potential to open up a whole new world of cannabis consumption. However, this doesn’t stop them – at points – being slightly confusing.

Like with any device, you need to know how to get the most out of it, especially when you’re trying to use it as an alternative to smoking. These electronic devices have the potential to unlock more flavor and potency from your substances than ever before, but let’s find out how. Here are our top 5 cannabis vaping tips. 

The Cannabis Vaporizer

The vaping market is booming. What once began as an innovative idea, is now a market worth around $6 billion, and this is estimated to triple in the next 10 years. The vaporizer is an easy way for people to smoke the substances they enjoy, without as much health risk. But before we delve into how to utilise these devices to the best of their ability, let’s first understand what they are. Today we’re going to be discussing the cannabis vaporizer, not the e-cigarettes that allow users to consume nicotine. Weed is a delicate substance, and there are many key methods in improving your experience with vaping it. The cannabis vaporizer comes in many shapes and sizes, but ultimately you can split them into two different versions. These two types are: the dry herb vaporizer and the cartridge vaporizer. Essentially, they both work the same. The devices heat cannabis – be it dry or liquid – and turn it into an inhalable vapour. The user then uses the mouthpiece to enjoy. However, there are of course certain differences. 

Dry Herb Vape

The dry herb vaporizer allows for the insertion of dry cannabis buds. There are three main elements of this device: the mouthpiece, the chamber and the battery. The battery, as you can imagine, powers the vape. The mouthpiece, equally as obvious, allows for you to inhale the substances. But the main distinction comes in the form of the chamber. This is a small, mini-oven, where you can place the cannabis buds. These then get heated at a specific temperature and turned in vapour. You can also place cannabis concentrates in the chamber if you have a concentrate pad. To find out more about concentrates, click here

Cartridge Vape 

The other type is the cartridge vaporizer. This takes liquid or oil carts, rather than dry buds. This device has a battery element, which then attaches to the cartridge and the mouthpiece – these two usually come as one. The liquid will contain whichever cannabinoids people want to vape, but these are much easier to purchase in countries with lenient cannabis laws. For example, in the US, liquid THC is available in specific state dispensaries. However, it would be hard and expensive to pick these up in the UK. As you can imagine, using a cartridge vape is far less messy but – as i’ve said – sometimes it is easier to purchase dry herb. There are positives and negatives for both. 

Benefits of Cannabis Vapes

There is an evident move towards the use of cannabis vaporizers instead of smoking. Whilst e-cigs have more popularity, the numbers show a huge growth in popularity. Transparency Market Research writes:

“In terms of revenue, the global cannabis vaporizers market is expected to reach the value of US$ 26.52 Bn by 2031, expanding at a CAGR of 14.1% during the forecast period”

But why is this? Well, there are many major benefits of using a cannabis vape.  These include:


Vaporizers avoid the use of fire or smoke. In other words, the process of combustion never occurs, which stops any dangerous toxins or cancerous carcinogens from being released. Put it this way, vapes heat the product, whereas joints burn them. It’s this great difference in temperature that drastically changes the health risks. 


With a weed vape there is no need to roll or purchase any of those other accessories – roaches, papers or tobacco. You simply place the bud in the chamber, or the cartridge in the device, turn it on, and enjoy. No need to spend time rolling up a joint. 

Flavour & Potency 

By reducing the temperature, vapes unlock a level of potency and flavour from the cannabinoids and terpenes that joints do not. Burning cannabis actually takes a lot of these crucial elements away. 

5 Top Vaping Tips 

Using a cannabis vaporizer can be a confusing experience, but we’re going to be taking you through 5 key tips for how to enhance your time vaping. These devices are powerful, especially when you know how to harness them. 

Tip 1 – The Device

The first and perhaps most important tip is to ensure that you choose the right device for you. As we’ve mentioned, there are two main types of vaporizers and the one you choose will drastically affect your experience. If you’re living in a country where THC carts are hard and expensive to find, then maybe avoid purchasing this kind of device and go for a dry herb vape. But, alternatively, if you’re in Amsterdam or California, maybe consider going for a cartridge-taking vaporizer. But the choice doesn’t end here. Once you’ve decided which kind of device you want, you’ll then need to be even more specific. There are large powerful vapes and there are more discreet ones – which fits your lifestyle more? Do you feel comfortable pumping out big clouds of smoke? The Mighty suits this style. Or would you rather keep your vaping on the down low? If so, then the Pax 3 might fit the bill. Remember, cannabis vapes are not always cheap, so it’s important you do the right research and consideration before purchase. 

Tip 2 – The Temperature 

The benefit of a cannabis vaporizer is full temperature control, but this can make things a little more confusing. Each terpene and each cannabinoid has a specific boiling point, so knowing how hot to hear your substance is crucial in increasing the flavour and potency. These are tips, so let’s keep them simple and understandable. The hotter the temperature, the higher the potency, but the less flavour. The lower the temperature, the lower the potency, but the higher the flavour. You need to play around to see what works for you. 

Temperature: 180 degrees

Flavour – Delightful

Potency – Low

Temperature: 210 degrees

Flavour – Nice 

Potency – Decent

Temperature: 240 degrees

Flavour – Mediocre

Potency – Powerful 

Some vapes allow for more specific heat control, whilst others are less advanced. Nonetheless, don’t be afraid to experiment to see what you enjoy. Don’t get stuck in a temperature that you don’t really appreciate. 

Tip 3 – The Cleanliness 

This tip only really assists with the dry herb vaporizer. If you’re using this kind of device then make sure to clean it regularly. The oven can easily get sticky and full of old cannabis residue, which can completely ruin the flavour and experience. Using some isopropyl alcohol and cleaning equipment once every couple of weeks will completely renew the device and keep it fresh. Remember, it isn’t a joint. You don’t throw it away straight after. These contraptions are made to last, and they will, if you clean them. 

Tip 4 – The Substance

The next major tip is to do with the substances that you use. There really are endless possibilities, and it all depends on the device that you have. With a cartridge vape specifically you can purchase a great range of cannabis liquids, these include differing cannabinoids: THC, CBD, THCV, CBN and many other variations. A higher potency is definitely available in these sorts of products because they originate from nations that have legalised the substance and are exploring the plant’s potential. However, for some people, this will be too much. With a dry herb vape, you may well be limited to whatever your dealer has on offer. But this shouldn’t stop you from experimenting and figuring out what suits you. You may well be surprised how potency and flavoursome the substances become when you start using your new vape, so enjoy exploring various products. Don’t settle for a strain of cannabis that doesn’t make you feel the way you want to. It’s also important – if you’re using a dry herb vape – to ensure that you grind the bud to the perfect amount. Too little and it won’t heat evenly, but too much and powdery and it may slip into the cracks. Keep the bud dry, evenly ground, and it should be perfect. 

Tip 5 – The Inhalation

The final tip helps with inhalation. Again, it might sound obvious, but many people struggle with the mouthpiece when using cannabis vapes. More often than not, a vape user will inhale for a short amount of time but with a lot of power. This is not advised. People will find this really frustrating and not understand why a little amount of vapour is coming out of the device. But here’s the tip. Try vaping with less power, but for a longer period. This will allow the time for the air around the cannabis bud or liquid to heat up, and give you a more full and flavoursome inhalation experience. In other words: don’t rip it, sip it. 

Final Thoughts

Purchasing a cannabis vaporizer is like buying a new Xbox. There’s a world of fun to be had, but you may not have figured out what the best games to play are. Don’t be afraid to try new things and see if it improves your vaping experience. Why not have a go at these 5 top tips today? They may be simple, but they are definitely effective. Good luck. 

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How to Vape Cannabis Concentrates

The world of cannabis is constantly changing, with more and more people finding new and extraordinary ways to consume it. Weed buds are not the only option anymore, there are now liquid cartridges that can be used in electronic vaporizer devices. But not only that, even scientists have had their input, creating cannabis concentrates. These golden, potent substances can be placed in joints or, even better, put in a vape too. But how does it work? What are the crucial steps in vaping concentrates? In addition, why bother at all? Today we will be looking at how to vape these potent substances, as well as the benefits of doing so. Let’s go. 

What are Cannabis Concentrates?

Have you ever looked at a cannabis bud, and wondered what it would be like if you could take away all of the excess materials and only be left with the most potent part? Only cannabinoids and terpenes, all in a beautiful filtered down substance. Well, this is exactly what cannabis concentrates are. Terpenes are responsible for the flavours and aromas in cannabis. There are supposedly over 150 types. If you’ve ever bought a gram of ‘blueberry kush’ from some dodgy guy, then chances are the blueberry smell comes from its terpenes. If not, he’s just given a random name to it, which is also possible. Cannabinoids, on the other hand, are the compounds in the plant that are responsible for the effects they have. There are over 100 of them. However, CBD and THC are the most prominent and well known. THC is a psychoactive substance, which means that it has mind-altering effects, whereas CBD is not. Nonetheless, they both bind to the endocannabinoid system in the body, which consequently changes the processes in the body that are responsible for: appetite, mood, senses and pain. This is why people can feel a variety of effects when consuming cannabis. But, not only that, this is why it is used in medical practices. When cannabis concentrates are made, it’s these compounds – terpenes and cannabinoids – that are filtered into a special substance. 

Different Types of Concentrates

There are many types of cannabis concentrates. Some of them are so similar that having two separate names seems pointless, but the connoisseurs out there swear there’s a difference. This difference comes in its texture and form. Whilst the majority of concentrates are golden, honey-like substances, they all can have slightly alternative forms. 

  • Shatter
  • Budder
  • Crumble
  • Wax

There are more than just these too. Anything that is a concentrated version of cannabis counts as a concentrate. This means that any type of weed oil is also part of the concentrate family. Also included is hash, which is commonly made from being pressed into small blocks. When discussing cannabis concentrates, people are referring to the more potent types – the ones listed above. This is because their potency is especially high. Here is the amount of expected THC in a usual batch of substances:

Flower buds – 15% THC

Hash – 30% THC

Concentrates – 60-90% THC

How Concentrates are made

Cannabis concentrates are made in a variety of ways, and some are far more expensive than others. Remember, this process can require a great deal of expensive equipment. As Jesse in Breaking Bad would say: “It’s science b****”! Here are the most common methods of extraction: 


Solvents are added to the cannabis in order to dissolve the potent part of the plant: the resin. When the solvent is then removed, vape oil, wax or shatter is left. The types of solvents that are used include:

  • Hydrocarbons 
  • CO2
  • Alcohol 

This kind of process requires expensive equipment and people who definitely know what they are doing. We would not advise you to try this at home. 



Using a mesh, the small pieces of kief can be slowly shaken out of the plant. This separates the potent parts from the rest of the cannabis.  

Ice Water

This is a common way of making hash. The cannabis is put in a jar with water and ice. As it is agitated, the parts separate. This is one of the cleanest ways of making concentrate. 

Heat & Pressure

This is probably the most common way of making cannabis concentrates. With this method you can make all types – including wax, shatter and budder. It’s simple, you place the bud in between two hot metal plates and press. This then extracts the good stuff. You can buy a rosin press, or you can even use straighteners. 

How to Vape Cannabis Concentrates

Vaping cannabis concentrates can be the greatest thing you’ve ever done. The potency may be something you’re not used to, so you must ensure you take it easy the first time. Remember, this substance can be far more strong than your usual flower buds. Here are the crucial steps to help you along your way.

Step 1 – Choose Your Vaporizer

First things first, ensure your vaporizer can actually take concentrates. There are two types of cannabis vapes, dry herb and cart. For these types of concentrates, you’re going to need a device that allows for raw material to go inside. Cartridge vapes allow you to consume cannabis oil, but we’re focusing on vaping the raw materials. There are specific dabbing vapes that exist, although it’s probably better to purchase a vape that allows for more than one kind of substance. This means a dry herb vape is the one for you. However, you must also ensure that it fits a concentrate pad in too. Without this, your concentrate will be melting into the crevices of the device and breaking it. The pad will stop this from happening. Dry herb vaporizers can cost anywhere from below $100 to over $400. It really depends on how much you want to spend and how much you think you will be using it. You want a device that is also easy to clean, otherwise you may only be using it once to vape these substances. Once you’ve chosen a vaporizer, turn it on and get ready. 

Step 2 – Concentrate Pad

Now you must input the concentrate pad. This usually looks like a small, metallic accessory. It shouldn’t be hard to place it in your device, as long as it fits your specific vaporizer. Ensure that this is the case. Once it is in, you can slowly place a small amount of concentrate (budder, wax, shatter or even hash) onto the pad. Don’t overpack the vape, space allows for the heat around the substance to do its work. Remember, you can have several goes at this so there’s no need to overdo it the first time. 

Step 3 – Perfect Temperature

Finding the perfect temperature can be tricky but essential. Vapes usually heat anywhere from around 180 degrees to 240 degrees. The hotter it is, the more potent it will be but the less flavoursome. The lower the heat is, the less potent but the more aromas will come through. You’ll have to find the perfect balance yourself. 

200 degrees – low levels of potency, with great flavour

220 degrees – Reasonably potent, okay flavours

240 degrees – I’m super high, less flavour

These are some tips but, ultimately, you must decide what works for you.

Step 4 – Enjoy 

The last step, as it should be, is to enjoy yourself. Vaping concentrates can completely open your cannabis world. You don’t need to only smoke joints anymore, there’s now far more interesting ways to consume your substances. With the potency of concentrates, make sure you’re set and setting is ideal for you to enjoy the high. Ensure that your location is perfect, the people you are with are kind, and your mindset is ready. With this in place, and the vape turned on, you’ll be prepared to have a great time. 

Benefits of Vaping Concentrates


You can reap the rewards of the purest form of cannabis. With up to 90% THC, you will be sure to feel the full force of the plant. This also means you won’t need to constantly top up, and can sit back and enjoy the high. 


The flavour you experience from vaping concentrates is something you may not be used to. When you smoke weed, a lot of the terpenes are burnt out. However, with concentrates and the lower heat of vaping, you are sure to taste flavours you didn’t even know were there. 


A vape hit is far less harsh than a hit from a joint due to its lower temperature levels. You can enjoy the avoidance of throat pain. 


Unlike a joint, vapes don’t smell anywhere near as much on your body or clothes. This is because there is no cloud of smoke. Vapour is far less obvious too. It’s less dense and does not linger anywhere near as much as a joint would. You can vape in peace, without the fear of being realised. 


Vaping cannabis concentrates will change the way you think about cannabis. Not only does it allow you to experience the plant in its purest form – with its potency and flavours – but it also proves the immense power and benefits of vaporizers. They are discrete and far healthier than smoking. With these key steps and vital information, you will be able to vape cannabis concentrates easily. Enjoy.

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UK Pleads with Young Non-smokers to Stop their Vaping Habits

The vaporizer has, in a sense, done what it set out to do all along. It has done what many thought largely improbable. It has offered the world an attractive and viable alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, whilst the vape is taking the world by storm, it may be doing so at such a rate that the situation may be becoming slightly dicey.

In the UK, for instance, government ministers and health professionals are working hard to end the child vaping epidemic. Young people, those who were not even smoking before, are taking up the vape habit at an unusually early stage in their lives. Vaping may be healthier than smoking, but is it better than nothing at all? 

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The Vaporizer

An e-cigarette or vaporizer comes in many shapes, colors and sizes but – in essence – they all work much the same. The vaporizer is an electronic device that allows users to vaporize, instead of smoke, tobacco. The vape battery attaches itself to a vape cartridge – a condensed tobacco liquid – and then heats up in order to turn this liquid into vapor. The vapor is then inhaled through the mouthpiece.

The temperature at which vapes heat tobacco liquid is one of the main reasons why they are much safer than smoking and, as a result, becoming increasingly popular as an alternative. The end of a lit cigarette burns at around 900 degrees Celsius, which means the tobacco is combusting. This causes the release of dangerous toxins and cancerous carcinogens for those inhaling it, and for those in the near vicinity (second hand smoke). It is believed that 8 million people a year die from smoking-related illnesses, with 1.2 million of these being from secondhand smoking. PMI writes:

“A smoker lights a cigarette, starting a high-temperature reaction known as burning, or combustion… The very same burning process that releases the tobacco flavors and nicotine also produces over 6,000 chemicals, of which about 100 have been identified as causes or potential causes of smoking-related diseases, such as lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and emphysema.” 

With the dangers of smoking being so widely understood and constantly proven, it is no surprise that there was a gap for a healthier alternative in the market. In came the e-cigarette. 

A Brief History

The history of the vaporizer is long but interesting, and many people give credit to different individuals for the part they played in its eventual creation. In fact, the first signs of the vaporizer may have come as far back as 5BC. During the times of the Ancient Egyptians, they were known to heat hemp seeds on hot rocks and inhale the steam. This was perhaps the first example of the vaping technique. In earlier history, in 1927, Joseph Robinson – an American inventor – patented the mechanical butane ignition vaporizer. This was far from the design of a modern vape, but it was the beginning of a culture of thinking differently.

Later on, in the 1960s, Herbert Gilbert then built a first example of what the future of vapes may look like. In 1993, Eagle Bill created the shake n vape. This device was a glass pipe that would be heated through the glass – rather than smoked – thus popularizing the idea of vaping. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until 2003 that e-cigs became what we know it as today. Hon Lik – a Chinese pharmacist – decided to create a device that would help people quit smoking; a habit that had killed his father. The Guardian writes:

“The breakthrough came in 2003, when he hit on the idea of using a piezoelectric ultrasound element to vaporize a nicotine solution in a device resembling a cigarette. These days battery-powered heating elements do the job, but the concept was born.”

The question still remains, and is now being debated more than ever, did Hon Lik do what he set out to do? He created the gadget to help users stop their smoking habits and offer them a healthier alternative. We know that vaping is, on the whole, a much better way to inhale nicotine than smoking. According to the National Health Service of England, vaping is only a fraction as harmful as smoking. Plus, they quote a 2019 clinical trial that proved that, when combined with face-to-face therapy, users were twice more likely to quit smoking using vaporizers than any other alternative option.

Is there a Problem?

However, there may be a problem that has arisen and to ignore this would be to blind the eyes. The real debate is whether this problem is worse than the alternative – a world where smoking is the main monopoly and is unchallenged. All in all, that would of course be worse, but it does not mean we should ignore the issues surrounding vaping. Hon Lik himself has admitted that he still smokes as well as vapes, using them in tandem.

This, evidently, was not the original purpose of the vape. In addition, he sold the rights for his device to a large tobacco company. The issue here is that vaping has become – as cigarettes were in the 60s – a fashionable thing. It is now cool to own a variety of different flavors and colors, with the disposable vapes being the most popular (especially in the UK and Europe). This is because vape companies are more led by the money they make, rather than the help they are giving. This isn’t abnormal, this is simply a symptom of capitalism.

Plus, the more popular vapes become, the more they can help people quit smoking – this is completely true. In 2021, the global vaping market was worth around 17.5 million dollars. This number is forecasted to increase to a whopping 43 million by 2028. In essence, e-cigarettes are becoming incredibly popular and there aren’t any signs to suggest this may stop any time soon. To put this in perspective, in 2021 the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction published a worldwide estimate that there were around 82 million vape users, which was a 17% increase from 2020.

As I’ve said, the popularity of the vaporizer is ultimately a big improvement on the world that existed before the vape did. It is wonderful that there is now a highly appealing alternative, an alternative that is far healthier too. However, the potential problem that has arisen is that it isn’t just people who smoke or once smoked who have started vaping. The issue is that vaping is becoming increasingly appealing to very young people who never had any smoking habits to begin with. Single Care writes:

“20% of people aged 18 to 29 vape, compared to 9% of people aged 30 to 49, 7% of people aged 50 to 64, and less than 0.5% of people older than 65. And, according to the Truth Initiative, 15- to 17-year-olds are 16 times more likely to vape than 25- to 34-year-olds.” 

The Issue in the UK

In England specifically, there is believed to be around 6 million smokers, and 4 million vapers. Disposable e-cigs – elf bars and geek bars – are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. The varying flavors, colors, cheap price and ease of access mean that they are becoming even more appealing to the younger age groups. BBC News has quoted a survey by Action on Smoking and Health, which found that: 

young vaping

“Vaping in people aged 11-18 had doubled from 4% in 2020 to 8.6% in 2022. However, smoking figures for the same age-group had gone down slightly from 6.7% in 2020 to 6.0% in 2022… Lead author of the study, Prof Ann McNeill, who specialises in tobacco addiction, said vaping is “very unlikely to be risk-free…We strongly discourage anyone who has never smoked from taking up vaping or smoking,”

The issue with these disposable vapes is the way that they are marketed and designed. Do they need to be flavored? If people wanted to taste something good then they wouldn’t smoke. The nicotine addiction is the appealing part of a cigarette, not the flavoring. But by creating an e-cigarette that tastes essentially like sweets, the designers are allowing themselves to appeal to those who would usually avoid smoking due to this horrible flavor.

It is a flawed set up, which must be noticed. There are now many young people who are being tempted into vaping, simply because it quells their sweet tooth. Eventually this may then act as a gateway to real smoking, a gateway that may never have happened without this specific product. Another issue is that these disposable vapes are so smooth and easy to inhale, that it is very easy to go through an entire bar in a day.

Whereas smoking can become harsh on the throat and eventually deter someone from having another. Again, the problem here is with young people who weren’t smoking much before, not with addicted smokers. These young people are being given an easy route to nicotine. Whilst it is illegal to purchase a nicotine product under the age of 18, the likes of TikTok and other social media platforms constantly show young people using these disposable vapes. It isn’t hard to slip under the cracks. 

Final Thoughts

On the whole, vaping has done wonders for helping smokers quit their dangerous habits. There is very little doubt in that fact. If the choice was simply between vapes existing or not existing then, of course, the former would be an easy decision. However, there is nuance in this world, it isn’t all black and white – and we must aim to improve everything we can. The truth is that disposable flavored vapes – especially in the UK – are becoming a problem for young non-smokers.

I have seen it with my own eyes. My friend’s younger siblings who have never touched a cigarette in their lives, who hate the taste, have suddenly started enjoying a ‘blueberry elfbar’. I myself have even been tempted by the undeniably tasty flavor, smooth inhale and cheap price. The question is: what is the answer? In my opinion, we must continue to focus on why vapes were made in the first place: to offer an alternative to smoking. This means avoiding vape designs that cater themselves to young people who most likely wouldn’t have smoked in the first place.

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The Pros and Cons of Vaping Cannabis

It took a bit of getting used in the beginning, but vaping has exploded in recent years and as far as we can tell, these products are here to stay and only improving in terms of variety and functionality. Even so, they still remain a bit of a mystery to many consumers who may not understand exactly how they work or what vape products have to offer them. So, here is everything you need to know about the pros and cons of vaping cannabis.  

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What is Vaping? 

Vaping has become incredibly popular over the last couple decades and as such, most people are relatively familiar with the concept. In case you are not, vaping is the use of an electronic device to heat up a liquid or raw plant material until it produces a vapor that can be inhaled.  

Vaping can be done with nicotine vape juice, cannabis extracts, flower, and tobacco. When vaping actual weed or tobacco, the vaporizer will heat up the plant matter just enough to make that vapor by using heating methods known as convection and conduction. Since it does not actually burn or combust the product, this makes for a much cleaner and safer experience than smoking.  

Although interest in vaping technology has really blossomed lately, the idea behind it is much older than most people realize. One of first patents for an electronic device to vaporize plant compounds was filed in 1927 by Joseph Robinson. The device was never commercialized, as a matter of fact, no one knows if Robinson ever manufactured a prototype. But the idea was there.  

Many more vape designs emerged throughout the 20th century. A few of the more popular ones include the “Shake and Vape”, a bulbous glass pipe meant for vaping weed that was invented by Cherokee medicine man Eagle Bill, and the infamous Volcano Vaporize released in 2000 by Storz and Bickel, which became really popular among millennial stoners. Everyone at least knew someone with a volcano back in the day, and the still remain one of the iconic vape devices on the market.  

A few years later, in 2002, Chinese entrepreneur Hon Lik invented the e-cigarette. Met with much skepticism in the beginning, it’s now a stable item in U.S. smoke shops, head shops, and dispensaries. Last year, the cannabis vape cart and disposables sector generated over $2 billion, and it has only continued to grow throughout 2022.  

Conduction vs Convection

Above I mentioned convection and conduction, which are two possible heating methods used in vapes. It’s relatively simple, but I wanted to go over each process in a bit more detail. In convection heating, the substance makes direct contact with the heat source. Think of it like boiling water – you apply heat to the pot which then boils the water from the bottom up. In a standard vape, a ceramic or metal coil is the source that heats up the chamber, and then the chamber heats and vaporizes the product. 

Convection vapes are the opposite, they work by indirectly heating flower or concentrate. Similar to an oven, the air inside the chamber is heated and then a vapor is produced by the product. Convection vapes heat the product as you draw, and because the heating element is separate from the bowl or chamber, the heat is applied more evenly and there is less risk of burning the product.  

Although convection heating sounds like the superior of the two, most vaporizers on the market use conduction heating. It does often take longer to heat the product with convection vapes, so it’ll be slower and possibly less convenient and discreet. But that seems to be the only drawback to using convection vapes.  

Is Vaping Actually Safer Than Smoking?

Vaping is touted as the safer alternative to smoking, but how safe is it really? Naturally, a great deal of anecdotal evidence suggests that it is considerably easier on the lungs. There is certainly a lack of controlled, randomized testing comparing the effects of smoking weed products versus vaping them (or vaping versus smoking in general); but there can be many reasons for that, ranging from the fact that cannabis is still federally illegal, to the knowledge we have about big tobacco and how much money they give to the government through lobbying and political donations.  

That said, despite vaping likely being safer than smoking, it’s not without risks of its own. Let’s face it, ideally, you should not be inhaling anything into your lungs aside from oxygen. But we do, so our goal is to do it as safely as possible. Some studies, like this one from the University of Michigan, actually argue that vaping is even more dangerous than smoking, but it’s hard to see how that could be true.  

Regardless, there are some things to consider when vaping that could possibly make it even less safe, such as the addition of vitamin E acetate or other fillers in unregulated vape products. Also, the way you take hits could make a difference as well. I’m a heavy weed smoker and I’ve noticed that sometimes when I hit my vape pens, I draw way harder than I should (as if I’m hitting a blunt or joint) which leads to way more coughing than I experience when smoking – but that’s more of a user-error type of situation. 

When it comes to tobacco, the majority of studies found that e-cigs are safer but not free of risk. “E-cigarettes heat nicotine (extracted from tobacco), flavorings and other chemicals to create an aerosol that you inhale. Regular tobacco cigarettes contain 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic,” says Michael Joseph Blaha, M.D., M.P.H. “While we don’t know exactly what chemicals are in e-cigarettes,” there’s almost no doubt that vaping exposes you to fewer toxic chemicals than smoking traditional cigarettes.” 

The Pros and Cons of Vaping Cannabis 

Let’s first take a look at the negatives and positives when it comes to vaping real cannabis flower using a dry herb vaporizer.  


  • You get the benefits of vaping with the classic feel and flavor of using real flower. 
  • Because of the controlled low temperatures, more cannabinoids and terpenes are activated before they are burned off, leading to much more potent flavors and better terp profiles.  
  • There is less smell to worry about. Many vape devices are discreet and portable, and you don’t have to worry about that super pungent aroma of weed smoke.  


  • One of the biggest issues people have with switching to a dry herb vape is the initial cost of doing it. A good quality device could be upwards of a couple hundred dollars.  
  • Weaker effects compared to smoking (although this depends on who you ask. I personally prefer the effects of smoking, but some small-scale studies such as this one conducted by Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s behavioral pharmacology research unit in 2018, claim that vaping, in fact, produces a stronger high).  

Next, let’s check out some of the pros and cons of using vape carts and disposables.


  • Convenience and discretion are probably the biggest perks to the introduction of carts and disposables. Now, we can get high almost anywhere and anytime. Carts are my go-to for getting stoned when I’m out and about in Indiana (my current state of residence), where cannabis is still illegal and it’s much sketchier to use in public.  
  • Carts and disposables are very cost-effective. In several of the more established markets (like California), even decent quality live resin carts and dispos are selling for around $20 per gram.  
  • Variety, variety, and more variety. With carts and disposable vapes, you have so many different strains and flavors to choose from.  


  • Some vape products contain heavy metals and other dangerous additives and containments. And not just in the extract, but the metal components in the carts themselves have been called into question lately as well. 
  • The high is said to be less intense than with smoking weed or even using dry herb vapes, but again, it depends on what you’re vaping and many other situational factors.  
  • Not a health problem but an environmental one, and that’s the sheer amount of waste produced by these products. Because both carts and disposables are meant to be thrown out after you finish using them, this has led to an increase in vape litter on our streets.  

Final Thoughts 

Vaping is one of the fastest-growing cannabis industry trends; not only because it’s believed to be safer than smoking, but because it offers a level of discretion and variety you just can’t get with flowers. That’s not to say that vapes are the perfect alternative to smoking, because that’s not the case for everyone, but they can certainly be a great addition to your regular inventory of pot products.

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The History of Vaping

Vaping has become all the rage in recent times, but there is actually a long history of vaping that far precedes its trendy subculture today. The earliest days of modern vaping were not shrouded in coolness, nor was it as youth-oriented as it appears today. Today, vaping is sometimes viewed as a hobby or leisure […]

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Landlords, Tenants and Cannabis: Some Important Things to Know

Landlords tend to have a lot of rules around cannabis, smoking, and vaping. Here are some important things to know for tenants. First and foremost, landlord-tenant relations tend to be laid out in provincial legislation. So depending on where you live in Canada, you should check out your province’s or territory’s legislation tenancy act. It […]

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Vaping Cannabis: Why You Might Cough and Ways to Prevent it

The popularity of vaping has soared in the last few years, and one of the reasons why is vaping cannabis is less harsh on the lungs. Many people are turning to vaping cannabis instead of rolling a joint or smoking. Research is ongoing, but vaping cannabis is indeed known to be a healthier choice. However, […]

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Top Vape Lounges in B.C., A.B & Toronto

With cannabis being legal in Canada for almost four years now, where to partake and enjoy has been a controversial subject. Just as you might enjoy going to your local pub for your favourite cocktail or draft beer, cannabis users would like to enjoy the same choice. The best way for users to consume their […]

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The Best Way to Vape and 8 Tips For The Perfect Vaping Experience

Smokers are increasingly turning to vaping as their method of choice for a daily dose of nicotine or cannabis. Vaping and e-cigarettes are two cults that are slowly taking over the tobacco industry as a whole, particularly in the west. Medical experts are also recommending vaping over traditional cigarettes as a means of consuming tobacco […]

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