Most cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), are in the acidic form (CBDA, CBGA, and THCVA) when cannabis is harvested. The unactivated forms of THC and CBD — along with other cannabinoids — have potential benefits that are still being discovered. Just like THCA, these cannabinoid acids are unactivated until they go through the decarboxylation process and become capable of interacting with the human ECS.
For intoxicating homemade edibles, you’ll want to decarb the weed before infusing it in butter or oil. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Room-temperature conversion. THCA also converts to THC when stored at room temperature for a long enough time. When submerged in olive oil, 22% of THCA will convert over the course of 10 days at 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius). Under the same conditions, 67% will convert when submerged in ethanol. Over time, cannabis stored at room temperature with a little light exposure will convert 20% of its THCA into THC. Bottom line: THCA is unstable and can convert to THC over time with little intervention.
Neuroprotective. Research, including a study conducted on mice published in 2017 in the British Journal of Pharmacology, points to THCA’s ability to help protect against neurodegenerative diseases.
Even though the most common decarboxylation process involves toasting cannabis in the oven to convert THCA into THC, there are many ways that weed can be decarboxylated, or decarbed.
Dabbing. Similar to vaporization, dabbing also decarbs THCA into active THC. Crystalline is the form of THCA most likely to be used for dabbing. It has little flavor or aroma, as most cannabis extractions aim to strip away the terpenes and flavonoids to isolate the cannabinoids. But many producers reintroduce cannabis-derived terpene blends back into the concentrate. Not only does the addition of terpenes improve the flavor, but these distinctively aromatic plant molecules also work together with cannabinoids to produce entourage effects that enhance the therapeutic potential of cannabis.
Much like avocados, kale, Greek yogurt, green tea, and garlic, raw cannabis has the potential to ease arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and other ailments.
No matter what kind of vape pen you choose, the operation of the device is simple and fairly straightforward. There are more complicated models out there with various extra features, like variable temperature control. A quick review of the user manual should be all you need to familiarize yourself with the vape before using. You’ll learn more and become a pro in no time with practice. Plus there are great sources out there to answer all your questions. Check out our Vaporizer Learning Center for product reviews, tips, educational guides and more!
Getting the right temperature when vaping is key to a pleasant and enjoyable session. The optimal temperature range for vaping wax is 350-400°F. The optimal temperature range for vaping oil is 315-385°F. You can certainly vape at higher temperatures, but you run the risk of scorching the concentrate, which imparts a burnt taste.
Most vape pens, whether for oil or wax, are known for being super portable. They are small in size, slender, and easily tucked away. They usually come with a discreet carrying case, which is great for neatly keeping your accessories together for people on the go. With a vape, it can be as easy as grab and go, unlike other methods of consuming concentrates.
Easy To Use Vapes
On top of being portable, wax and oil vape pens are incredibly discreet. This is especially compared to dab rigs or other typical methods of consumption. Vape pens are small, usually the perfect size to slip into a pocket or purse. You can easily enjoy a discreet vape session in less than a minute, especially at lower temperatures.
Just how there are stark differences between the vaporizers responsible for vaping wax and oils, there are also a lot of similarities between these two types of vape pens. As we have broken down the differences above, below you will find the similarities explained.
Wax is super sticky and pretty messy, which means the vape pen can get sticky all over, from chamber to mouthpiece. You’ll eventually want to replace your wax atomizer or coil, but it can be maintained by scraping away excess wax. Also, make sure you leave the wax pen upright after using. When wax is hot, it will flow and pool with gravity. Oil vape pens typically utilize pre-filled cartridges. They’re generally no mess, no fuss. Oils are less dense than waxes, so generally when using straight oil, there is less mess and leakage associated. Oil vapes can be maintained by the occasional scraping when necessary. If you don’t maintain your vape, it can get hard to draw from or even clogged. This is especially true for wax vape pens – so keep them scraped from residue buildup.
This first one is a bit obvious, but certainly worth mentioning. If you are looking to consume wax, you should look into wax specific vapes. Likewise, if you are going to be consuming oils, you should look into oil specific vapes. It is true there are several models of vape pens on the market that can do wax and oil, some herbs too. However, these vapes will not perform as optimally as a concentrate-specific model. Vape pens that focus on one type of substance are generally a higher quality product.