Vaping and CBD are very hip these days. So CBD pens are especially outstanding as a product. But other than fighting with a teenager over poor quality CBD vape oil at the gas station, how do you know you’re getting something of quality?
Skip the confusion and check out essential information you need before making a purchase.
- why this information is important
- how to select a CBD vape pen
- about types of vape oil/liquid additives
- about precautions and side effects
- how to properly care for your CBD pen, and
- how to read lab results
Trust our gold standard and learn how to make the best decision for your needs.
Why need to know CBD Pens intimately
If you want a great experience with CBD pens, being armed with this information is key to avoiding decision fatigue and ensuring you get the best product for your needs. And this goes beyond a color preference.
When selecting a vaporizer, consider:
- your experience level
- what’s in the CBD vape oil
- precautions with the oil and pens
- vaporizer maintenance, and
- understanding lab results for your oil
Also, are you experimenting to see if this is a method for you? Are you ready to commit but not sure what will last you? Or are you familiar with vaping and need help narrowing down a selection?
The answers will become clearer as you read on.
Selecting a CBD Vaporizer Pen
Picking up a CBD vape pen can be pretty easy. Other than fretting over colors and prices, let’s explore major factors you need to weigh.
Picking a kit
If you’re completely new to vaping CBD, then you’ll want to start here. Our kits come with the battery and CBD oil-filled cartridge and sometimes charger pieces. So you don’t have to guess about pairing the right cartridge with a compatible battery.
You also don’t have the mess of filling the cart—you can buy multiple pre-filled ones at the time of purchase for some products.
Picking a pen
When it comes to pens, it depends on your intention. If you want to dab, you’ll need a wax pen. If you want to explore the spectrum of flavor profiles and effects of your CBD oil, you’ll want a pen that offers different temperature settings.
If you don’t need any of that and just want a simple pen to get started, we have those too.
Picking a cartridge
Our carts are available in glass and plastic, and in sizes 0.5mL and 1.0mL. There’s also a variety of colors and the mouthpieces come in two styles to your liking. Since we carry a gold standard for all of our products, selection comes down to your preferences and price range.
Types of Additives in CBD Vape Oils
There are two key additives that can appear in CBD vape oil: vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG). We can’t deny the debates surrounding their usage in vaporizers. We do have products that contain them.
And the precautions are mainly surrounding the possible lung irritation PG can cause when it’s too hot.
When choosing an oil for your CBD pen, be sure to check for these. There are labeled as VG and PG respectively on the product pages. And we list the amount.
If you’re concerned about PG, definitely go for our VG-dominant or VG-only oils. And be sure to check vaporizers that offer lower voltages so you don’t overheat the PG.
Careful usage creates a long, positive experience.
Precautions and Possible Side Effects
As you learned, though CBD offers all types of possible benefits, you still need to handle it with care. Especially with CBD pens. Be careful with the metal and glass products that you may purchase as they conduct heat. You don’t want to get burned while you’re trying to relax.
Specific to vaping, you may experience dry mouth. So space out your inhaling and be sure to keep a glass of water nearby. A lemon slice can also help to stimulate your dried-out saliva-producing glands. Consuming CBD may cause drowsiness, increased appetite, changes in mood and others.
If you’re new to it, take your time figuring out your best dose in a comfortable environment.
CBD Pen Maintenance
Getting a CBD pen can be a long-term investment. So of course you’ll want to know how to keep it in top shape. Of course, we’re talking more the cartridge or oil tank for cleaning.
To keep your tank in top shape, you can simply rinse it once you’re finished vaping all your CBD or you want to change out vape liquids. Fill a bowl with warm water and rinse until completely clean. Dry it off and then let it set for at least 15 minutes before using.
If you need to deep clean—especially if you use a very thick, unrefined oil or dabbing wax—remove the tank, place it in a ziplock bag with 90% alcohol and a coarse salt. Shake until the gunk frees itself and then dump out the contents. Rinse thoroughly, dry and let it set before reassembling for use.
How to Read CBD Lab Results
Every great product should have third-party lab testing results via a Certificate of Analysis (COA). This confirms that CBD (and other possible cannabinoids) is actually present in your CBD pen oil. And in such a highly unrelated industry, let’s you verify the safety of the product.
Here’s what to look out for.
This is the measure of CBD and cannabinoids present in the product. You can verify if the product is truly broad spectrum or full spectrum. So you can determine how much THC is actually present as well. Other cannabinoids like CBC and CBG might add to the benefits you’re looking for.
Image and Lab
This is straightforward: the results should list the name of the testing lab and provide an image of the extracted product. The lab should not be associated with the manufacturer to prevent possible biased results.
Pesticide & Residual Solvent Statuses
The lab results will reflect a “PASS” for both to reflect the lack of contaminants. Especially since you’re inhaling and the effects are immediate, it’s essential for affirming the safety of the product.
Testing for Terpenes
This comes down to preference rather than safety. So not all manufacturers get terpene testing. There were products that suggest a terpene profile but may not show lab results. If they list a known marijuana strain name, try looking it up on Leafly to learn the possible profile.
Whew! That was a lot to take in, but you made it. And now you have a better idea of what types of pens, oils and precautions to keep in mind.
For an optimal experience with CBD pens, start with one of our kits and then expand from there. You’ll be a discreet, vaping pro in no time.
Alaina Dorsey is CEO, freelance cannabis copywriter and content strategist at her Baltimore-based business Bud Biz Llama in Maryland.