If you’re only familiar with traditional cannabis flower, you may find yourself a little intimidated about vape carts. After all, vape carts can be more convenient and portable than flower and don’t involve heavy smells or smoke. Therefore, learning how to use one can be a game changer. Don’t worry—cannabis vape carts are simple to use with a few tips. We’ve pulled together everything you need to know about how to use vape carts.
How to Use a Disposable Vape Cart
1. Attach the cartridge to the battery
Vape carts are typically designed with a standard 510 threaded connector that you screw onto a separate battery. If you don’t have a battery, disposable vape pens are also an option, but a budtender can help you find a good one to work with the cart you choose. To use your cart, simply screw the cart onto the battery finger-tight. Don’t force it or twist too hard, so you don’t damage the threads or the cart or restrict airflow.
2. Remove the silicone mouthpiece cover
A new vape cart will have a silicone or plastic cover to protect the mouthpiece. Slip this off and tuck it back in the box; it is best to store the cart with the mouthpiece cover intact, so you don’t get dust particles inside.
3. Use according to instructions
Most vape carts automatically start to heat up and produce vapor when you take a draw. Sometimes, it can be best to “prime” the cart before inhaling, which just means taking a puff or two without inhaling to get the vape flowing smoothly to the coil. Be sure to check out the usage instructions on your vape cart to get the specifics on proper usage.
How to Clean a Vape Cart
If your vape cart needs to be cleaned, remove it from the battery and use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to clean the connection points. It is also a good idea to clean the connectors on the battery.
How to Unclog a Vape Cart
Clogging can happen, even with a new cart that has barely been used, but the issue is typically an easy fix. Take the cart off the battery and blow through the mouthpiece to clear the clog. Reattach the cart to the battery and you should be good to go.
Storage Instructions for Vape Carts
1. Always store your vape cart upright
When you’re finished using your vape, position the cart upright. With cannabis carts, it is not uncommon for people to take a few hits and then not reach for their vape for a few days, especially if you have several carts on hand, or you’re not an everyday vaper. Unfortunately, if the cart is stored horizontally, it can encourage clogs over time, so always keep the vape cart positioned vertically when not in use.
2. Store the cart at room temperature
To protect the longevity of your vape cart and the quality of the extract inside, be sure to keep the cart stored at room temperature or close to it. A lot of instructions for vape carts and vape pens will clearly state the ideal storage temperatures, which usually fall between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Store the cart away from UV light
Regardless of the temperature, be sure to keep the vape cart tucked away and out of direct sunlight. UV exposure can degrade the cannabinoids in the oil, which will affect the potency and effects.
Other Vape Cart FAQs
When is a vape cart empty?
You can see when a vape cart is empty if the tank is transparent. However, even if you can’t view the cart’s contents, you will know the vape is empty when you are no longer getting vapor when you inhale or if the vapor has a different or smokier taste.
Is it normal to see condensation in a vape cart?
Usually, excess moisture inside the cartridge occurs when the cart isn’t stored properly. However, condensation can also result from drastically different temperatures inside and outside, such as when you carry a warm cart out in the cold air. A small amount of condensation shouldn’t be enough to impact the vaping experience.
Shop for the Best Vape Carts and Vape Pens at Silver Therapeutics
If you’re looking for the best place to find vape carts in Massachusetts, Maine, or Vermont, look for local Silver Therapeutics dispensaries. We stock a large collection of the highest-quality vapes in New England, and we’re always willing to offer advice and answer questions. You can also find the dispensary nearest you and place an order online for pickup.