How to Choose a Vape Pen

So you’ve decided to start vaping CBD oil. With so many brands and options available, how do you select the right CBD vape cartridge for your vape pen?

Ultimately, the cartridge you choose will depend on what you need and what you are looking for.

Do not get distracted by fancy packaging or bold product claims.

Primarily, you will need to consider three things when deciding on a CBD vape cartridge: price, CBD concentration, and ingredients.

Price

Remember, you get what you pay for. If you’ve found a price that you think is too good to be true, you’re probably right. Cheap CBD vape cartridges will likely be filled with chemical additives and fillers. Regulatory bodies have not yet caught up to the massive growth in the vape and cannabis industries, meaning some brands cut corners to make more money and in doing so, they risk both your satisfaction and your health.

CBD oil products are not cheap. Sure, there are incredible deals to be had from time to time but more often than not, to get the quality you desire, you will have to pay for it.

While prices can vary from brand to brand, look for something in the $40-$60 range.

When buying a CBD vape cartridge, especially online, it is up to you to do the research necessary to determine if the product is worth your hard earned money.

CBD Concentration

The CBD oil concentration that will work best for you depends on a number of factors. Some people may find a low concentration suits them just fine while others may require a stronger, higher concentration to achieve their desired results.

The higher the milligrams per cartridge, the more CBD you will get. But even if you buy a lower concentration, you can still adjust the dosage to suit your needs.

Vaping CBD oil is one of the easiest delivery formats for measuring servings and dosages. Each product label should contain the number of inhales per serving, and the number of servings per cartridge. Ideally, the label will also tell you the amount of CBD per serving. If it does not have this information, you can calculate it on your own right down to the amount per inhale.

For example, if you know a product contains 200 milligrams of CBD per cartridge and contains 20 servings, you know you are getting roughly 10 milligrams per serving. If the product has listed 10 inhales as a serving, you’re getting 1-milligram per inhale. These calculations make it easy for you to adjust your dosage up or down depending on your desired results.

Remember, not all brands are reputable. Some will try to mislead you with regards to the amount of CBD in each product. A product may be labeled as being 200mg but that does not necessarily mean you are getting 200mg of CBD. This amount may actually refer to the total liquid in the bottle. CBD vape oils can contain other substances like terpenes, other cannabinoids, and carrier liquids. Look for a serving suggestion on the label that breaks down what’s in the product and indicates how much CBD is contained within each serving. This will help you determine the exact CBD quantity if it is not clearly marked.

Sub-par brands rely on you making a purchase without doing this work! Look out for yourself!

Ingredients

One of the most important things to consider when selecting your CBD vape cartridge is the ingredient list. For best results, you will want to look for an organic, natural, pure product.

CBD vape oils require another liquid to thin them out enough to respond to the atomizer contained within the vape pen. Many brands will use propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG) for this purpose. Unfortunately, these substances are not exactly safe for you to be inhaling. While PG and VG are not as dangerous and harmful as researchers once claimed, there are plenty of cases of people who find these chemicals irritating to their throat and lungs. If the vapor you're inhaling is ever bringing continued discomfort to your throat or lungs you should discontinue its use immediately. 

Look for products like Thrive or Thrive Beyond from Vape Bright, that use an organic MCT oil instead of PG or VG. Not only is MCT all-natural but it is safely absorbed through cell walls in the lungs due to its smaller molecular chains. 

Some CBD vape oils contain THC. THC works with the CBD to bring about what is known as the “Entourage Effect.” This idea posits that the individual cannabinoids and compounds found within the cannabis plant are more effective when consumed together. In other words, the whole is greater than its parts. If you are in a state where cannabis is legal for recreational or medicinal use, this is something you might consider when choosing a product.

It is also a good idea to check the label for artificial ingredients or additives. If you are buying a flavored product, be aware that you might also be buying chemical additives.

Basically, for best results, go with a product that is sourced from organic hemp, uses organic MCT oil, and uses naturally occurring terpenes for flavor.

Final Thoughts on Vape Pen selection

At the end of the day, the CBD vape cartridge you choose is up to you. As long as it fits your pen, you’re good to go. But, if you are looking for the best product available that will give the greatest benefits, you need to consider the price, the strength or concentration, and the ingredients list.

By clearly understanding these factors you will be able to choose a CBD vape cartridge that provides the everything you hoped it would.

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