The Different Types of Pre-filled Cartridges
There are many different types of cartridges available. There are carts made from CO2 extraction, which is a popular method. CO2 extraction is a very clean and verified safe way of making cartridge compatible oil.
The CO2 extraction process does not use any controversial petroleum based solvents like butane or propane. CO2 extracted cannabis oil has the right consistency to be used in a vape cartridge. The oil has to be the right consistency. To thick or thin, and it doesn’t work right.
The other great thing about CO2 extracted oil is that it contains some terpenes. Terpenes are compounds inside the cannabis plant that play many important roles, such as providing health benefits and also affecting aroma and taste. We will dive deep into terpenes at another time!
There is also distillate based oil cartridges. Distillate is a very pure process that basically refines the cannabis oil to specific compounds, like pure THC or CBD. This can be good, but also bad. It’s good because it’s a very pure oil.
The downside is that no terpenes are left behind. Also, because distillate oil can be too thick, a cutting agent has to be added back in. Many times, terpenes are added back in, or an oil like MCT oil (coconut oil).