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Moments in Cannabis History: Vaporizers and Pre-filled Oil Cartridges

Moments in Cannabis History: Vaporizers and Pre-filled Oil Cartridges

Vaporizers are nothing new – the practice has existed for thousands of years. Yet in less than a decade they’ve become vastly more portable, versatile, affordable, and ultimately, popular as a result. According to a Vice article last year, industry insiders have described the growth of the market in that time, from only 5 percent of dispensary sales to as high as 50 percent in some locations. Some vape companies have even reported growth of 350 to upwards of 500 percent in just the last several years alone.

Absolute Xtracts Cartridges: Gorilla Glue and Royal Kush


Absolute Xtracts Cartridges: Gorilla Glue and Royal Kush


Absolute Xtracts cartridges are a story of good cartridges getting even better. For me, they have always been the standard for a mass-marketed cartridge, widely available, yet without sacrifices in quality, purity, taste, or safety. Without getting into harder to find specialty cartridges, Absolute Xtracts has been my go-to cartridge brand since I discovered cartridges existed, and since then they’ve made some key improvements to their cartridges and added a wealth of information about each strain and the extraction process to their website.

POP Naturals: LA Confidential, a Multi-faceted Strain with a Nuanced Taste

POP Naturals: LA Confidential, a Multi-faceted Strain with a Nuanced Taste

LA Confidential is a renowned, award-winning strain with roots in the early 2000s. It has won several awards, including best indica at the 2004 Cannabis Cup and the 2006 High Times strain of the year. The strain offers a pure indica heritage with an Afghani landrace indica strain on side, and OG LA Affie on the other. OG LA Affie is itself developed from a Pakistani indica landrace alongside other strains. As you might expect, LA Confidential packs a familiar indica punch. But on top of that, it offers some thought-provoking, cerebral effects, often described as mildly psychedelic. In this case, we reviewed POP Natural’s pre-filled vape cartridge with CO2 oil from LA Confidential.

Product Review: Bumblebee Cartridge

Product Review: Bumblebee Cartridge

Pre-filled vape cartridges have enjoyed a boom in recent years that shows no signs of stopping. This means cartridge makers have had an incentive to branch out, appealing to specific demands and niches of the market. Some cartridges focus on terpene content, or - the increasingly in-demand - CBD content, while yet others take innovative approaches like using aromatherapy oils like lavender to create a custom taste and terpene profile. Bumblebee cartridges in particular satisfy a timeless, and recurring demand in the cannabis market: raw THC content.

AYA Cartridge Review: Slumber

AYA Cartridge Review: Slumber

Sonoma county based AYA cartridges takes an interesting approach to marketing their pre-filled oil cartridges. Each of their four, functionally named cartridge offerings combine two strains to produce an oil for different uses, occupying all spots on the spectrum from sativa to hybrid to indica. Along with available shipping to anywhere in California via The Goddess Delivers, AYA offers a 90 percent sativa ‘Awaken’ cartridge made of two sativa strains, a sativa leaning ‘Inspire’, an indica leaning ‘Relax’, and finally an indica/CBD combination ‘Slumber’ cartridge.

POP Naturals: Cartridges for Connoisseurs

POP Naturals: Cartridges for Connoisseurs

The problem with learning to love vaping pre-filled oil cartridges is that your selection is immediately cut down to a fraction of what it is when just smoking flower. Even the best dispensaries may have half a dozen brands tops at any given time, with maybe 2 or 3 strains available from the brands that bother to offer separate strains. Add to this the fact most companies add solvents like the questionable propylene glycol, and sometimes the more decidedly harmful ethylene glycol and the selection seems even more miniscule.

Product Review: Absolute Xtracts – Cartridge Strains and Battery

Product Review: Absolute Xtracts – Cartridge Strains and Battery

Absolute Xtracts battery and cartridges are far and away my favorite vapor pen products I’ve used. Not only was the oil high quality, but the battery is especially impressive, and the cartridges themselves are extremely sturdy and user friendly. The quality of vapor pens is truly not the same across the board. I’ve used batteries that seem to last only a few hits, or lose life over time, or just feel too lightweight and junky.  This choice matters, so I’ll explain why this my favorite after using a handful of different vape pen products. If you’re not looking to get into vape pens, I’d ask why not?