Cannabis Vaping FAQ

In this FAQ, we’ll cover these topics:

Ordering Cannabis Online

How do I buy cannabis online?

Fortunately, many cannabis retailers and dispensaries are moving online. There’s plenty of options through delivery networks and marketplaces that allow you to place orders online and receive same day, in-person delivery.

Check out this guide to buying cannabis online.

Delivery Services for California

If you’re in California, there are many cannabis marketplaces and delivery service options available. Below you’ll find some popular delivery services for California. You can also check our updated list of the best cannabis delivery services for SoCal and Los Angeles here.

Delivery Services for Canada

If you’re in Canada, there’s mail delivery services available like Herb Approach.

For discounts and a list of all the services we recommend, check out the Cannabis Resources section.

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Where can I buy CBD online?

Any CBD products that use CBD extracted from hemp do not contain THC and will not get you high. However, you can still benefit from the effects of the CBD. There’s many retailers that sell 100% legal hemp-based CBD products online and will ship directly to you.

Check our list of recommended online CBD retailers.

Vape Basics

What is CO2 oil?

CO2 extraction is an increasingly popular concentrate extraction method in the medical cannabis industry. Extracting cannabis oil by CO2 involves an industrial “supercritical” machine which pushes carbon dioxide through raw flower materials at high temperatures and pressures to separate the oils and cannabinoids from the plant. These compounds are then concentrated into a vaporizable oil rich in cannabinoids.

Help! My vape cartridge is not working. How do I fix it?

Follow these troubleshooting steps:

  • Try the cartridge with a fully charged battery.
  • Try the cartridge with multiple batteries to rule out the battery as the issue.
  • Poke a paper clip through the opening of the mouthpiece to ensure a clear airway.
  • Remove the mouthpiece tip to check the plunger is not dislodged.
  • Try adjusting how tight the cartridge is screwed into the battery. There may be a disconnect between the battery and atomizer.
  • Check if the cartridge has leaked oil into battery. Clean off any oil to ensure a good connection.
  • Check that the connection on the bottom of the cartridge sits flush with the edge. You can use a pin to pull the connector out if it is pushed in too deep.
  • Be sure to follow any special preparation instructions that your vape may require. For example, Pure Vape cartridges require removing the mouthpiece and screwing down an unlocking mechanism before use.
  • Try pre-heating the cartridge by running under warm water or blow drying for a minute or so. Do not fully submerge under water.
  • If all else fails, reach out to the retailer where you purchased the vape or the manufacturer directly to see if they accept returns/exchanges for defective vapes. Most reputable brands will honor exchanges or refunds.

What are disposable vapes?

Disposable vapes are some of the most convenient vaporizers for cannabis.

They typically are sold as one device that includes a battery and is pre-filled with cannabis oil extract.

Once the battery or oil runs out (whatever comes first), you can simply toss out the device.

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Stiiizy disposable vape with battery and oil

These vapes are designed so that the oil should run out before the battery. However, some users complain that either the battery dies before all the oil is used up or the vape simply stops working.

If this happens to you, contact the retailer where you originally purchased the device from as it may be faulty.

Some disposable vapes, like those made by Maxcore, have a rechargeable battery to ensure you don’t waste any of cannabis oil.

Another great option is to buy a pod vape with empty cartridges that you can fill with your own oil. Vapes like these are sold at online retailers like Vape Parts Mart.

Cannabis and Medicinal Benefits

What is the difference between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains?

Phenotypes are the expression of the cannabis plant’s genes and are often associated with specific effects that classify flower strains as Indica, Sativa, or Hybrid. Indica strains are often associated with a “couch-lock” body high and is a healthy alternative which can be effective for pain management. Indica strains are also known to promote hunger, sleep, and reduce anxiety. Sativa strains are often associated with a more uplifting and stimulating cerebral effect. Sativa strains are better recommended for promoting creativity and are great for social environments. Hybrids can be any combination of Indica and Sativa in different ratios.

What are cannabinoids?

Marijuana contains over 70+ organic compounds known as cannabinoids. These compounds interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, inducing powerful medicinal and recreational effects. MMJ patients are most often concerned with the following cannabinoids: THC, CBD, and CBN.

THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, but has been used medicinally as a painkiller, anti-inflammatory, appetite stimulant and as an anti-depressant.

CBD (cannabidiol) is the second most abundant cannabinoid and is non-psychoactive. There tends to be higher concentrations of CBD in Sativa cannabis strains. CBD is known to decrease the high effect from THC and is used for medical treatment of epileptic disorders. CBD has also shown some efficacy in the treatment of more severe conditions including MS, cancer, depression and PTSD.

CBN (cannabinol) is slightly psychoactive with about 10% the effect of THC. CBN increases with the degradation of THC. The psychoactive effect of CBN is sedative and works well as a sleep aid to treat insomnia. It may also help reduce convulsions and anxiety.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds found in all plants and give each plant and cannabis strain its unique characteristics like flavors and aromas. Terpenes are believed to act on the body’s CB receptors in the presence of cannabinoids, producing a wide range of effects. Common cannabis terpenes include limonene, linalool, pinene, and myrcene with each one having it’s own set of effects, smells and tastes.

Limonene for example has a citrus aroma and is found in many Sativa strains. It works as a mild mood booster and is associated with alleviating depression and anxiety. Linalool is another common terpene associated with a lavender scent and gives the unique coloring and relaxing effects associated with strains like LA Confidential and Grand Daddy Purple.

Top Cannabis Terpenes and Benefits

top cannabis terpenes chart
Source: GreenCamp

Whether you are seeking out a cannabis strain that has sedative properties or one that is uplifting and sparks creativity, it’s important to pay attention to terpene profiles as well as cannabinoid content. Learn more about terpenes and terpene specific strains on Leafly.

Glossary of Vape Terms

For a better understanding of vape terminology, visit our comprehensive glossary of common vape terms.

How do You Rate and Review Vaporizers?

We’ve created a standard set of criteria to use when judging a vaporizer or cannabis product. We use a different set of rating factors for every vape that we review.

Learn more about our review process here.

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