How to Spot a Fake a Vape Cartridge

By Rolling Up

Vape pens have become an increasingly popular and preferable method for cannabis consumers and enthusiasts. The demand remains huge and growing. In a 2017 consumer report done by Eaze, 70% of millennials had purchased at least one. Vaping is seen as a safer alternative to weed because it doesn’t involve combustion. Researchers are still finding more answers to identify the long term health effects of vaping.


As with any popular product on the market, counterfeits are prevalent and constantly flooding the market. Besides ripping off, the main concern is safety. One of the first things to look out for when purchasing a vape cartridge is looking at the THC level that it contains. Real THC cartridges contain over 70% of THC in a cartridge. If you want to play it safe, stick to licensed products as they usually are free from insecticides, toxins, and pesticides in your oil. 


In 2019, all legal cartridges in California are tested for heavy metals. Black market products bypass the certification and can contain filler oils such as synthetic vitamin E oil (tocopheryl-acetate), which can lead to lung problems, hospitalization, and even death. 


Traces of mold can be found in fake vape cartridges. In 2016, a California testing lab found that 84 percent of cannabis oils were contaminated with high levels of pesticides. You can take some precautions when it comes to purchasing vape cartridges. If you find a big name with a price that is too good to be true then your intuition is most likely on the right track. First, look at the price. If you’re paying less than $50 per gram for a concentrate then it is likely a concentrate. Another telltale sign is the packaging. Look for typos, THC levels, and poor graphics. Lastly, check the consistency of the oil and make sure it’s thick and a nice golden color. If you end up with a bad cartridge, throw it away. In the end, make sure you purchase high quality products that are licensed. 

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