What is the Bubble Test for Cannabis Concentrated Vape Cartridges?
Updated: Mar 19
Have you ever heard of the bubble test? It's a simple, and generally effective, method to ensure that your cannabis concentrated vape cartridge has not been cut with any dangerous additives.
While this is not a guarantee that your cart has not been cut with any type of additive, it is a reliable measure to ensure that it has not been cut to the point that it changes the consistency of the cartridge.
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The bubble test simply requires you to flip your pen upside down and note if the air bubble in the cartridge moves to the top of the cart too quickly. High-quality distillate is a rather thick consistency, meaning if there is no cut present in a pen it will barely move, if at all. This can make the pen clog quite easily and not draw very well, so most, if not all, cartridges will be cut slightly to make the consistency more accessible to be vaporized by the ceramic coil.
In quality cartridges, the cuts used will often either be cannabis-derived terpenes, or cannabinoids (such as CBD). This will give quality cannabis cartridges a recognizable taste of terpenes, whereas cartridges cut with an additive such as VG or PV (used in e-cig juice) will give more of a sweet taste than any type of distinctive terpene taste.
Sadly, many counterfeit cartridge producers have moved to use additives that now thicken the pen as patients have become more knowledgeable about testing the consistency with the bubble test. For this reason, additives - such as honey cut, vitamin E acetate, and other thickeners - are now being used to thicken the consistency of the oil, and many believe this is what has led to the outbreak of adverse effects.
Additionally, it is important to consider the brand of the cartridge itself. There are many cheap pen options out there that have been found to have lead or heavy metals. One of the most trusted cartridge producers in the country is Jupiter Labs (distributor of CCELL cartridges), the leader in cartridge manufacturing. Lower-quality cartridges may also vaporize at too high of a temperature, meaning you may be burning many of those terpenes that are so important for medical relief.
As stated before, these are not full-proof methods to ensure that your cannabis cart has not been cut with an additive, but will definitely help identify the most concerning cartridges for your health.
Most importantly, make sure that you have third-party lab testing available with your cartridge. This is truly the only way to ensure the quality of your cannabis cart. Medical marijuana programs across the country require licensed processors to submit their product for testing, so you can feel confident that your cannabis cart will improve your health, and not be a detriment. This can also help you avoid cannabis distillate that has been extracted from contaminated or bad-quality cannabis.
If you are an Ohioan suffering from one of these 21 medical conditions you may be eligible to treat your ailment with medical marijuana, which includes both THC and CBD products.
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