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Vaping Cannabis: Everything You Need to Know

Many people see vaping as an alternative or discreet way to consume cannabis. As a result, vapes are generating a lot interest. Here at Pure Sunfarms, our full spectrum vapes offer consumers another way to consume our high-quality, BC-grown cannabis. If you want to learn more about Pure Sunfarms vape products and better understand the basics of vaping, we’ve collected the answers to many frequently asked questions below. 

ABOUT PURE SUNFARMS FULL SPECTRUM VAPES

1. What vape products does Pure Sunfarms offer? 

Pure Sunfarms is excited to offer consumers 510 thread cartridges made with single-strain, BC-grown, whole flower. Each cartridge features 0.5g of Afghan Kush, White Rhino, or Island Honey full spectrum extract.

2. What is in Pure Sunfarms full spectrum vapes?

Pure Sunfarms full spectrum vapes include one ingredient, and one ingredient only: full spectrum, BC-grown, whole flower extract. Our full spectrum vapes are un-reformulated cannabis oil that preserves the naturally-occurring components (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) found in the original flower, and nothing else. Just pure BC cannabis, providing smooth, clean flavour with every pull.

Our 510 thread cartridges feature stainless steel, a glass reservoir, and a ceramic coil, including a tapered ceramic mouthpiece to minimize heat transfer while maintaining flavour.

3. What is “full spectrum”? 

At Pure Sunfarms, we define ‘full spectrum’ to mean cannabis oil that has been un-reformulated after undergoing the extraction process. This definition encompasses a few important criteria for Pure Sunfarms: 

  • The initial input going into extraction begins with whole dried flower, 
  • The resulting cannabis oil preserves the naturally-occurring components (i.e. cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) found in the original flower,
  • There is no reformulation of the cannabis oil after extraction, and
  • Nothing is added into the final product (i.e. no botanical ingredients, no flavouring agents, no thinning agents). 

Because there is no official definition of ‘full spectrum’ provided by regulators in Canada, there can be differing opinions regarding how this term is used across the cannabis industry. At Pure Sunfarms, we care deeply about this topic. Our extraction scientists have developed our definition of full spectrum from an in-depth analysis of peer-reviewed scientific articles. We’ve listed a few here for those who are interested in digging deeper on this subject: 

4. What extraction method is used for Pure Sunfarms full spectrum vapes?

There are several different methods used to concentrate the chemical compounds from a cannabis plant. Pure Sunfarms’ extraction process starts with our single-strain, whole bud, BC-grown dried cannabis flower. We currently use a cold/cryo ethanol extraction process to preserve as many of the cannabinoids and terpenes from the original flower as possible to maximize the purity of our full spectrum extract. After extraction, the product is prepared for consumption – including winterization, filtration to remove fats and waxes, and the final removal of any residual ethanol. 

All this means that you’re getting our strains in extract form, with the cannabinoids and terpenes from our flower, in each Pure Sunfarms full spectrum vape. 

5. Are there any additives in Pure Sunfarms full spectrum vapes?

Pure Sunfarms full spectrum vapes do not include any additives. This means no alternative botanical ingredients, no flavouring agents, no thinning agents – just our strains in extract form, with the cannabinoids and terpenes from our flower, without re-formulation, in each Pure Sunfarms full spectrum vape. 

6. Does Pure Sunfarms use Vitamin E acetate in vape products?

No. You will not find Vitamin E acetate in our products. Otherwise known as alpha-Tocopheryl acetate, Vitamin E acetate is a synthetic form of Vitamin E, often found in unregulated vaping liquids to dilute the oil. 

7. Why is there no vapour when I take my first draw?

Your first draw on the vape pen activates the heating elements, so it might create less vapour initially. But once the device starts to heat up, you’ll notice a difference.

8. How long will my vape cartridge last?

There is no sure way of knowing how long a vape cartridge will last because each person puffs differently. Some people might draw longer and harder, while others might prefer taking shorter, less intense pulls. 

9. Is there any maintenance required, or am I good to go?

Once you’ve threaded the 510 vape cart into a compatible battery, you’re ready to start. To keep your vape working at its best, it’s important to store your device in an upright position at room temperature, allowing it to cool down completely between uses so it does not overheat the hardware. 

10. Why is Pure Sunfarms not offering batteries for vape cartridges?

We aim to keep it simple for consumers. Pure Sunfarms’ 510 thread cartridges are universally compatible with a standard 510 battery, which are widely available at licensed cannabis retailers online and in your community.

11. How do I dispose of my Pure Sunfarms’ vape cartridge?

Rather than throwing them in the garbage, the best way to dispose of your vape cartridges and dead batteries is through your local electronic waste drop off location. Or better yet, find out if your local retailer participates in a vape cartridge recycling program, and recycle them there.

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12. What is the difference between vaping, vaporizing, and smoking cannabis?

‘Smoking’ cannabis is the process of lighting dried cannabis flower and inhaling it, typically by using a pipe or a joint.   

‘Vaporizing’ refers to the combustion of dried flower, using a vaporizer. Only the trichomes (including the cannabinoids and terpenes) are turned into vapour and inhaled, not the plant matter itself. 

‘Vaping’ occurs when a cannabis liquid extract is heated up at a precise temperature and produces a vapour which is inhaled using a vape. Since combustion does not take place when you vape, the lower temperature showcases the terpenes or flavours present in a vape.

13. Does vaping cannabis smell?

Since there is no combustion used in the vaping process, vaping cannabis extract produces a vapour rather than smoke, which has a faint terpene-fragrant odour depending on how large of a draw you take. So, yes, it does produce a smell, but it’s less than when dried flower is smoked.

14. What is the average onset time for vaping?

When cannabis is inhaled, it’s absorbed directly into the bloodstream and its effects are felt within seconds to minutes. It’s important to remember that everyone’s body reacts differently to cannabis products, and extracts may have stronger effects than those of dried flower because of their concentration. 

Our best advice is to start low and go slow. Draw once and wait until you feel results before trying more. This will give you a better understanding of how the product may affect you specifically. As always, please enjoy responsibly.

15. What’s the difference between full spectrum and distillate?

Full spectrum extract delivers the full range and widest variety of naturally-occurring compounds, including cannabinoids and terpenes, found in the original flower. This results in a product which features a flavourful experience derived from the original flower. 

Distillate is a product resulting from the further processing (distillation) of cannabis extract. This process increases the concentration of cannabinoids and often removes plant matter (including tanins, waxes, flavonoids, terpenes, and other compounds). This results in a product which is high in the potency of cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) and, in its original state, does not feature the flavours attributed to the flower itself. 

16. Is vaping safe?

Health Canada governs the primary rules for testing and quality control for cannabis vapes to ensure harmful substances are kept out of each step of manufacturing. Furthermore, each province and territory in Canada has its own set of regulations licensed producers are required to follow in vape manufacturing to ensure safety. 

Health Canada advises Canadians who use vaping products to monitor themselves for symptoms of pulmonary illness (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and to seek medical attention promptly if they have concerns about their health.

Still have questions? Drop us a note at hello@puresunfarms.com and we’d be happy to help.

By Pure Sunfarms