Evaluating CBD Cartridges: A Step-by-Step Guide to Quality Assurance


Vaping is getting ever more popular among CBD consumers today. It’s a convenient, affordable, and efficient method of CBD intake, so it meets a variety of consumer needs and meets socially acceptable consumption requirements. A recent survey by 2CV Community Research showed that over 26% of users prefer CBD in the form of e-liquid, which means that over one-fourth of all CBD consumers are vaping users. Thus, it’s evident that vaping is a considerable part of the CBD market.

At first glance, picking the right vaping device may seem to be a matter of flavor preference and budget. Overall, it’s really so, but you should still beware when choosing the first-best remedy in the form of vape. Since you can’t tell whether the CBD oil you’re vaping is of high quality or not, a competent assessment is vital. After all, the vapor you’re inhaling will get directly into your lungs and will do either good or harm to your health.

Thus, it’s important to know the quality criteria for vaping liquids and shop with due caution and diligence. This article shares insights on CBD vaping liquid quality and explains the process of making safe choices.


How to Tell Your CBD Vaping Oil Is Good Quality?

Here are the basic tips every vaper, whether a beginner or pro, should follow to pick the right vaping products.

The Liquid’s Color

A visual inspection is the simplest quality check you can conduct before buying CBD e-liquid. Turn your attention to the liquid’s color; it should be golden, with a transparent texture. If the liquid is white, dark, or has an uneven and non-transparent structure, the likelihood of contaminants’ presence or spoilage as a result of improper storage is high. We recommend avoiding such products for the sake of safe and therapeutically beneficial CBD use.

Origin of CBD

Another point for consideration is the origin of hemp extract included in the vaping e-liquid. There are tons of brands on the market today, so finding the optimal supplier is pretty hard. Regardless of the brand you finally choose, make sure the company uses US-sourced, organic hemp to produce CBD extract for vaping. Only American hemp grown on local organic farms can guarantee vaping safety, as the provider is bound by local legislation and takes proper care of the product’s purity and quality. Otherwise, buying a no-name product sourced from hemp with unclear origins always comes with a risk of getting substandard vaping e-liquid with hazardous ingredients.

CBD Spectrum

It’s also vital to clarify what CBD type suits your needs and can be used depending on your job, daily duties, and CBD effect’s expectations. CBD comes in three forms:

  • Full-spectrum. This is the richest CBD form that contains all beneficial terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids for the wholesome health benefit for consumers. Full-spectrum CBD also includes trace THC amounts – up to 0.3% – so you should take it into account when planning your routines. It doesn’t produce an intoxicating effect but can easily emerge on the drug test.
  • Broad-spectrum. This form combines the best of the two worlds – full-spectrum CBD’s diversity of ingredients and CBD isolate’s purity and non-intoxicating components. Broad-spectrum CBD also includes a full variety of terpenes and cannabinoids but is fully devoid of THC. So, your risks of getting a positive drug test or feeling THC allergy or intoxication are zero.
  • Isolate. CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD that contains nothing except CBD. It’s an ideal option for people who want a predictable and safe experience and opt only for CBD effects without additional hemp components.


Next comes the consideration of CBD vaping liquid’s ingredients, as some users may want some THC in the contents, and others look for a CBD cartridge without THC. Overall, it’s a matter of personal choice, as some users need THC to calm the pain or get rid of seizures or migraines. Thus, it’s up to you whether to buy vaping e-liquid with THC or not, but one thing you should keep in mind is that vaping THC excludes driving a vehicle. Moreover, THC can show up in the drug test, so you should avoid it if you are a professional athlete or need to undergo drug tests at work.

Propylene Glycol

Though most vaping liquids are made with PG in the content, it’s better to go the extra mile and find a CBD vaping juice variety without this component. According to recent studies, PG as a thinning agent used in CBD vaping oils can become a serious cause of respiratory problems. So, we recommend reading the product description, double-checking the vaping oil’s ingredients on the packaging, and verifying that information in the CoA before inhaling the vapor.

CBD Liquid’s Purpose

Though this advice may seem self-obvious for many, it’s the most common mistake people make when choosing vaping liquids. Taking any CBD oil or tincture for the liquid suitable for vaping is a grave mistake. In reality, only vaping e-liquids can be put into vaping devices and effectively evaporated to achieve positive health outcomes. Unless specified otherwise, all the oils and tinctures should be taken only orally or topically, as they don’t contain the necessary ingredients for CBD concentrate’s evaporation.

Personal CBD Vaping Preferences

Besides some objective selection criteria we’ve discussed above, it’s essential to keep your personal needs, CBD experience, and preferences in mind. Answer the following questions to proceed:

  • Did I try CBD before, or will it be my first try?
  • How much CBD should one puff contain to calm me down without causing overdosing?
  • What CBD type do I need – full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate?
  • Which flavors am I crazy about?
  • How much money do I have for the CBD vape?
  • Do I plan to consume CBD via vaping regularly or only give it one try to see how it goes?

Based on these answers, you will be able to pick a suitable CBD concentration for your convenient use without side effects or overdosing, choose a pleasant, juicy flavor that won’t cause an unpleasant aftertaste, and select a disposable or refillable cartridge for the planned duration of use.

Quality is Key

Now that you know how to shop for CBD vaping products, it’s time to pick a reliable brand and enjoy the experience. Users are spoilt for choice in terms of flavors, CBD concentrations, and other characteristics that can customize your user experience and maximize the value of CBD for your specific health condition. However, the quality of the chosen product should go first, as the vaping smoke enters your lungs and then goes directly to your bloodstream, affecting all organs in your body. Good luck with shopping!

The author of this article is Tia Moskalenko, an experienced cannabis writer and blogger at AskGrowers. Tia is constantly looking for new ways of gaining value from CBD use. She shares her insights and findings in her articles to make CBD more accessible and understandable for all consumers.

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