What is an oil pen? If you're new to vaping or using cannabis, cannabis oil is a little confusing. Do you rub it on topically, eat it or smoke it s
What is an oil pen?
If you’re new to vaping or using cannabis, cannabis oil is a little confusing. Do you rub it on topically, eat it or smoke it somehow? We’re dedicated to bridging the gap between your current knowledge and what you need to know to get lifted. That’s why we’re breaking down oil pens today.
Oil pens are an easy way to vape cannabis on the go.
What Is Cannabis Oil?
Before we jump into how the oil pen device works, let’s explore cannabis oil. This substance is a potent, extracted form of cannabis. It is rich in cannabinoids and also contains some terpenes and flavonoids. It often appears golden brown and may be purchased on its own in a bottle or pre-loaded into vape cartridges.
You don’t rub cannabis oil on your body, you vape it.
Most cannabis oil is extracted using a chemical method that involves a solvent like butane or propane. These chemicals attach to cannabinoids and separate them from the whole plant material. Before they are sold to the public the solvents are removed in a process called purging.
The result is a viscous oil-like substance that packs a powerful punch. Cannabis extracts, called concentrates, are up to 80 times more potent than smoking a similar amount of weed.
Oil isn’t the only concentrate available. Depending on treatment during purging and cooling your concentrate embodies different forms. You may hear it called wax, shatter, budder, crumble or rosin.
What Is A Cannabinoid?
Cannabinoids are the active compounds in cannabis that get you high or soothe several medical issues. Some cannabinoids do both! THC is the cannabinoid that causes intoxicating effects while CBD helps the body regulate itself. Cannabinoids can also work in conjunction to create a multiplied effect called The Entourage Effect.
Cannabinoids mimic compounds already in the human body. That’s why they create certain effects when they hit your system. They cause these effects by interacting with receptors in the brain and other areas of the body.
When you smoke weed, you inhale combusted cannabinoids along with a number of other compounds that are byproducts of burning the plant matter. Some wish to avoid this and consider vaping a safer way to get high or medicate themselves. Vaping doesn’t burn the cannabis oil, it uses heat transfer to heat it up enough to vaporize the cannabinoids within.
Currently, vaping does appear safer, however, in reality, it’s so new there isn’t a lot of data available on the safety and long-term effects. What we do know is that vaping at the lowest possible temperature not only preserves flavor but also appears to offer the safest vape.
What Is An Oil Pen?
The truth is, an oil pen can be one of two devices, both will vape cannabis oil but do so in slightly different ways.
A straight oil pen is an electronic device that vapes full strength cannabis oil (or wax, shatter, etc – the manufacturer will specify which forms of concentrates your pen can handle). You add it to the reservoir and activate the heating element by hitting a button or simply drawing air into your lungs through the vape/oil pen.
Some oil pens use vape cartridges sometimes called cartomizers, clearomizers or atomizers instead. These cartridges often come ready to go, already filled with cannabis-infused juice. You can also fill most ecigs that vape nicotine ejuice with this cannabis-infused juice instead. This type of cannabis oil may be diluted with a mix called a ‘thinner’ or ‘liquidizer’ that contains a blend of PG, VG, and PEG. This solution helps the oil work optimally in the vape cartridge and is currently considered generally safe. Ask your local dispensary about the type of cannabis oil you’re choosing before you buy to understand the best way to use it.
A Brief Review
So we’ve learned that oil pens use electrically generated heat transfer to heat cannabis oil enough to release the compounds that cause effects.
Some oil pens vape straight cannabis oil. These styles may or may not do this via a tank-like apparatus called a cartomizer, atomizer or clearomizer.
Other oil pens vape a mixture of cannabis oil and a mixing solution of some combination of PG, VG, and PEG (or any combination of these elements).
Oil pens that vape cannabis oil and a mixing solution almost always feature a cartomizer, atomizer or clearomizer.
Your local dispensary can answer specific questions you have about available vape pens and the types of cannabis oil they sell. It’s a good idea to ask questions to make sure you understand the best way to use your new marijuana oil.
Have fun and stay safe out there!