- Absolute Xtracts
- Vape Pen Cartridges
- Reviewed by
- OCGreenRelief on September 12, 2015
Vape Pen Cartridges
All Vape Pen Oils Are Not Created Equal
There are many vape pen brands, but the key factor, really, is what’s inside the disposable cartridge. How potent is the cannabis oil? How pure? What, if anything, is the oil cut with? How expensive per milligram is the THC content? Is the oil strain-specific or a blend?
O’Shaughnessy’s looked at a total of 19 cannabis oil samples from 13 popular cartridge brands and did a side-by-side comparison based on analytical data from SC Labs in Santa Cruz.
Regarding THC levels, AbsoluteXtracts and Pure Cure topped the chart at 70 percent and 71 percent, respectively. Neither is cut with an additive. AbsoluteXtracts features a line of strain-specific oils (OG Kush, Chem Dawg, Girl Scout Cookie, etc.), while Pure Cure is presumably a mixture of several unnamed cultivars as no strain designation is indicated. These two brands also rated highest in terms of bang for buck with AbsoluteXtracts priced at 10 cents per milligram of THC and Pure Cure at 11 cents/mg.
Compare those numbers to O-Pen Vape Panama Sativa Red, for example, which contains only 26 percent THC at cost of 24 cents per milligram. Some vape pen cartridge oils rated even lower in terms of THC content, yet higher in price per milligram. The least potent sample, BD (Black Diamond) Vape Sour D, tested at 14 percent THC, while selling for 28 cents/mg of THC. Although they look golden and pretty, the weaker oils are typically diluted with propylene glycol, a relatively benign solvent that sometimes causes sore throat and dry mouth. Others are diluted with ethylene glycol, an unhealthy compound used in antifreeze. These should be avoided all together.
So buyer beware: Many vape cartridge brands are available in the unregulated cannabis market and it’s not always obvious what you’re getting. Deciding between vape cartridges is somewhat like choosing between a vintage scotch and a flask of moonshine, though in this case purchasing one of best whiskeys of the cartridge world might actually leave you with a few more greenbacks in your pocket.
Adapted from A Quick and Easy User’s Guide to Pre-Filled Cartridges, published in full on BeyondTHC.com (O’Shaughnessy’s)
- Up to 70% active THC (depending on the strain)
- Available in 10 strains: Grape Stomper, Blackberry Kush, Cherry Pie, OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Green Dragon, Girl Scout Cookie, Chem Dawg, Blue Dream and Blue Jay Way.
- Sourced from outdoor, organically grown California cannabis
- Cannabis oil is extracted in a PFC-certified lab using a supercritical CO2 method
- Lab tested to verify cannabinoid and terpene profiles
- Lab tested for mold, bacteria and pesticide residues
- No additives
Ingredients: 500mg supercritical CO2 extracted, high THC cannabis oil
$40.00 per 500 mg.
Green Relief’s view;
These oils are the finest I have found available on the vapor market. What is missing from other companies vapor oils are the flavors from the actual flowers. Those flavors are known as terprne’s. This company adds the terpene’s back in so that the vapor oils taste like the flower that they were made from. Not like some synthetic CO2 extracted cannabis oil that most of us have had to grown used to in the past…. Until now. We are proud to carry them.