How E-Cig Vape Technology Lets Down Cannabis, Up in Smoke

Consumers and extractors are learning the hard way that when outdated e-cig tech is applied to cannabis vaping, consumers are often left with a poor experience. Worse still, terpenes and cannabinoids are compromised and the flavor is damaged.

The rapid advancement of cannabis extraction has highlighted a significant issue in the industry: the incompatibility of e-cigarette technology with cannabis oils. Nicotine e-juice and cannabis oils cannot be used with the same technology and yield the best results.

E-juice vs cannabis oils

Marketed as a “healthier” alternative to traditional tobacco consumption, e-cigarettes are often positioned as a replacement for smoking. Current nicotine vape devices contain large cartridges, high-powered batteries, and low resistance coils designed to enhance nicotine concentration and clouds.  The difference in viscosity and chemical composition of cannabis vape liquids means that devices and technology appropriate for e-juice will not function the same way for cannabis.

Tank size and material matters

For nicotine vaping, a large-capacity design makes sense. Nicotine and its additives are more forgiving to the shelf stability of e-liquid. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth for cannabis oil. Cannabis’s physical and chemical properties have different patterns of behavior and interactions. Especially those materials that come in contact with the oil. Additionally, compatibility impacts the experience and life cycle of the oil. Tanks manufactured from a thermoplastic compound or borosilicate glass ensure terpene resistance and avoid leaching in normal and heated states. It avoids degradation, significantly decreasing the risk of leaching.

Rapid heating is not always good

Most e-cigarettes use NiChrome, a nickel-chromium blend for vape coils. The issue with NiChrome is that it heats cannabis oil quickly. If overheated or heated too quickly, terpenes lose their flavor. Efficacy diminishes, resulting in a poor vaping experience.

Be careful how cotton is used

The construction of e-cigarettes includes mesh and cotton batting. When used for cannabis vaping, runs the real risk of burning your oils, and can potentially lead to chemical changes that become questionable and detrimental to the overall experience and life cycle of the oil.

The danger of high voltage

When designing batteries for nicotine vapes, e-cigarette manufacturers apply high voltages that exceed the temperatures required for cannabis oil vaporization.  For example, a standard e-cig battery typically has voltage options of 3.8V, 4.5V, and 5.0V. This power level destroys both the flavor and properties of cannabis oil.