Cartridge Safety 9/9/20
It’s important to understand cartridge safety.
What you put in your body matters, especially when you’re inhaling it.
Working from home has become the norm, the kitchen table is now a classroom, and a quiet walk alone feels like a social activity. This leaves many of us looking for discreet consumption options. As a result, we’re seeing a renewed interest in the safety of cannabis cartridges and vaporizers.
We had quite the scare last year when the vaping illness, EVALI, started making people sick. It’s something we monitored closely and have continued to watch. According to the CDC, EVALI was found to be linked to the additive vitamin E acetate, which makes it incredibly important to look for cartridges that are made from 100% pure oil.
At Solful, we proudly carry a collection of the most natural, clean, and safe cannabis products available. Since our inception, we have self-imposed product and testing requirements that exceed what is required by the State of California, so rest assured you will only ever find the cleanest products on our shelves. Knowing what to look for when shopping for cartridges is important, and we’re here to help.
The benefits of cannabis cartridges
Convenience and discretion, why do you choose cartridges?
Convenience: It’s easy to put a vape pen in your purse, or by your bedside. When you smoke flower you need to either roll a joint or have a pipe, and of course have a lighter handy. When using a cartridge you simply need to make sure it’s charged, pull/puff, and you’re all set. Cartridges are about as convenient as they come.
Discreet: Unlike flower, which leaves smoke billowing out of a room, cartridges are incredibly discreet. Both the vapor (smoke) and the smell dissipates quickly leaving little remnants of your inhalation behind. Cartridges are great for consuming indoors or around anyone you may not want to know you’re imbibing.
Shopping for cannabis cartridges – the 3 most important things to look for.
1. Know your farmer, know your source.
You should always know what you’re putting in your body, especially when you’re inhaling it. The oil in your cartridge starts with cannabis flower, so look for brands that work with responsible farmers because their inputs matter.
Many of the brands we work with have committed to working with farms that practice responsible farming and some even highlight the farms they work with on their package. You can trust that we’ve vetted each cartridge brand we carry, and that each meets The Solful Standard. Here are a few of our cartridge producers with farming practices or collaborations worth noting.
Eel River Organics – Committed to Dry Farming
The sun, the rain, the soil, and the seeds… that’s all you’ll find in Eel River Organics oil. Committed to sustainable farming this Humboldt Farm practices dry farming techniques which means that the roots of their plants run so deep they’ve found their own water source. Dry farming produces pronounced flavor profiles and can only happen in a truly balanced ecosystem.
Always free of additives, Eel River Organics oil is full-spectrum which means they use the entire plant to ensure that you get all of the health benefits cannabis offers.
Chemistry – Supporting Small Farmers
The team at Chemistry goes straight to the source when getting flower for their full-spectrum, 100% cannabis oil cartridges. Like Solful, Chemistry has committed to supporting small farmers and many of the farms you know and love have collaborated closely with Chemistry.
Chemistry is so committed to supporting these small farms that they have chosen to highlight the farm on their package. Moon Gazer Farm, Alpenglow Farms, and WildLand Cannabis are just a few of the farms that have donned the shelves of Solful in both flower and cartridge form.
2. Always buy additive-free oil.
When shopping for cartridges, it’s important to look for additive-free, 100% pure oil. Some brands, none that you would find at Solful, add cutting agents to their oil such as polyethylene glycol or glycerine. This is simply done as a way to decrease costs and create more oil from less input. Think of this as buying Sunny D vs. 100% fresh-squeezed orange juice, but with health risks involved. There’s simply no arguing that fresh squeezed is better tasting and better for your health.
3. Buy quality hardware.
Choosing a safe battery or device matters, as does choosing brands that use quality materials for their cartridges. Using inexpensive materials in cartridge casings and batteries can cause your oil to burn, and in cartridges can cause toxins to leech into your oil. We all know the importance of BPA free water bottles, think about your cartridge hardware in the same way.
Looking for hardware recommendations?
CCELL – a great option for 510 cartridges
510 cartridges are the classic vape cart and battery setup, and CCELL has become synonymous with high-grade 510 options. The ceramic heating technology in their cartridges has replaced cotton wick walls and allows for optimum airflow. Ceramic heating is known to evenly heat the oil so your oil never burns.
Why we love CCELL
- Good for vaping high viscosity oils
- Presents a stronger flavor
PAX – certified as one of the safest cannabis devices
Considered one of the safest cannabis devices in the industry, PAX’s proprietary pod and device system was recently the first cannabis vaporizer to receive a UL 8139 certification. UL, a global leader in safety certification, recently developed a voluntary industry standard for vaporizers which “evaluates the safety of the electrical, heating, battery and charging systems of these products.” Passing UL 8139 should give you complete confidence when choosing PAX.
Why we love PAX
- One of the highest tech options on the market
- 4 temperature settings to control flavor and potency
- The PAX app allows you to save settings for specific brands and pods
UNO – the first pod system from CCELL
CCELL recently introduced their first pod system, the UNO. This sleek, pocketable device, offers all the trusted safety benefits you’ve come to expect from CCELL. Providing excellent flavor and vapor production, UNO is a great option for those looking for a safe device.
Why we love UNO
- Magnetic closure keeps your pod from falling out in your purse or pocket
- Ceramic elements
DART – new and modern design from CCELL
Dart by CCELL is offered with live resin and distillate cannabis oil in their highest-performance vape battery and pod system. Experience the next level in cannabis vaping technology.
Why we love Dart
- Sleek and modern design with an extended battery life
- Sub-zero temperatures used to freeze flowers, keeping cannabinoids intact and as fresh as possible
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Have Questions About Cartridge Safety?
If you’d like to learn more about cartridge safety we’d love to hear from you. Our Health and Happiness Consultants are available to answer any questions you have. You can visit us in store daily from 10-7, or schedule a phone consultation.
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