Types of Vapes: Live Resin vs. Distillate vs. CO2 vs. Disposable

You may have noticed on our menus, a “Vape” category with numerous subcategories such as CO2, distillate, live resin and disposables. What does that all mean? In this week’s blog, we will explain these differences.

First things first, what is vaping? Vapor is defined as “a substance diffused or suspended in the air which is originally a liquid or solid turned into a gaseous form”. When vaping, the vaporizer turns the vaping material into a gas. The vapor appears to be thicker, but is actually generally thinner than smoke, which explains why it tends to dissipate more quickly, as well as why it tends to have a more pleasant smell.

TerraVida currently carries four types of vape cartridges: CO2 oil, Distillate, Live Resin and Disposable.

Let’s begin with carbon dioxide, or CO2 oil. CO2 it is a non-toxic solvent used to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant, creating a concentrated cannabis oil.

Often a clear, light-amber color, this method offers consumers the natural flavors of the strain. One main benefit of this technique is that it may provide a wider range of cannabinoids than other forms of extraction, giving users the ability to take full advantage of its medicinal properties.

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Co2 Vape Cart by Standard Farms

Next is Distillate, which is highly purified so that undesirable components such as chlorophyll are removed. It is also solvent-free and provides a clean and smooth flavor. Distillate can be made from any cannabis extract (ethanol extract, CO2 extract, BHO/PHO, etc). Due to the fact they are so highly refined, this method contains almost only pure cannabinoids such as the THC or CBD.

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Distillate Vape Cart by Moxie

Another category of cartridges is Live Resin. This form tends to have a high terpene content and therefore a more pungent aroma and flavor. The process of extracting live resin involves flash freezing the plant immediately after harvest and keeping it at freezing temperatures throughout the extraction process. This method is used to retain the plant’s valuable terpene profile. Generally, the drying and curing processes cannabis undergoes may have a devastating impact on terpenes, as the trichomes are typically subjected to conditions not conducive to terpene preservation.

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Live Resin Cart by Moxie

The final category is Disposable Pens, which can vary in forms of oil. For example, the E-Liquid disposable pens from Cresco are distillate and GTI disposable pens are CO2 oil. These vaporizers tend to be easier to use as they have a built in battery with an auto-draw function.  The oil and the built-in battery should run out at approximately the same time, and can not be used again.

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