Most people get their Cannabis Vape cartridges from a dispensary or online retailer. No matter where the source, cartridges need to be filled before they are sold. A lot of cost is associated with the painstaking process of filling cartridges often one by one. If you have been wondering what the ratios for filling a full spectrum cannabis or CBD vape cartridge and what the process is, or just wanted to see a step by step guide for mixing and filling vape cartridges, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we’ll teach the mixing ratios of terpenes, Cannabis oil/Hemp oil, and Viscosity Booster and exactly how to fill a dab pen. We’ll be mixing and filling our pens from scratch using a tried and true process that there isn’t a whole lot of info online about. if you’re looking to start a vape pen company and need to know the first steps, read on as we break down the entire process for mixing and filling a vape cartridge at home.
Cartridge Filling Supplies
- Viscosity Booster/Liquifier
- THC/CBD Oil or concentrate
- Pure Terpenes – Cannabis or Plant Derived
- Hot Water Bath or – a Pot, Bowl, and stove top
- 10ml Syringe with 14 Gauge Blunt tip
- Alcohol wipes for cleaning
- Metal Mixing Ramiken
- Digital Scale
Pure Botanical/Cannabis Derived Terpenes
Terpenes are credited with giving Cannabis a uniquely broad spectrum Effect . provide scents and tastes. New Technologies allow terpene infused products that will both capture the recreational cannabis audience and interest the health-conscious consumer. Some terpenes like Limonene increase energy while some terpenes like Myrcene promote relaxation. It is essential to choose a strain profile or terpene combination to support the type of feeling you would like to experience. Not only are there over 200 distinct terpenes that can be present in Cannabis but terpene profiles can often contain over 50 different terpenes in just one strain. Terpene scents range from earthy, pungent to gassy, or pinny, citrusy,and even fruity. Each consumer has individual preferences. It is recommended to experiment with different terpene profiles until you find one that fits you perfectly.
Having a quality vape cartridge ready for stores often starts with picking quality vape cartridge hardware. Cartridges these days are often prone to damage during shipping, leakage and even corrosion. It is crucial to extensively research everything to avoid unwanted interactions within the cartilage.
There are various styles to choose from depending on preference in design and the viscosity of your oil. Mouthpieces options include wood, ceramic, plastic, and metal. Tank options include various shapes and sizes. Cartridges usually come standard with a 2mm diameter intake hole which can be seen inside the cartridge tank. This hole is where your oil will enter to meet the atomizer which will atomize or “vaporize” your oil into an inhalable vapor. High viscosity oils are typically a sign of pure oil indicating that only terpenes were mixed in. When high viscosity oil is put inside a cartridge, it produces an air bubble that does not easily move when the cartridge is flipped upside down. Low viscosity oils produce a faster moving bubble and are typically made by blending viscosity booster/liquefier/diluent and terpenes with the Cannabis or Hemp oil. Low viscosity oils may require a smaller intake hole to prevent leakage but using a quality cartridge should prevent dilutions of up to 30%. You can use any concentrate by mixing it with a viscosity booster.
Viscosity booster is a great way to control your potency and stretch your dollar. Viscosity Booster also makes for a smoother smoke as it allows the concentrate to be turned into vapor with less heat than the oil alone. While some users prefer to have the strongest cartridge available in their arsenal, others prefer to have a cartridge that produces a comfortable micro dosing effect. There are many viscosity boosters on the market which all do pretty much the same thing. When choosing a viscosity booster, it is recommend using one that doesn’t Include Vegetable Glycerin(VG), Propylene Glycol(PG), Polyethylene glycol(PEG) or any of the others commonly used in e-cig “Vape Juice.” Not only is viscosity booster for controlling your dosage, but you will also find that by following this process you will be able to double if not triple the amount of product you have at the perfect dose. Remember, this is about creating the perfect product for your needs. While someone may need 100mgs of vapor, it is not uncommon for some to need/want 10-20mgs.
THC/CBD Oil or Concentrate
The most important ingredient on the list should be the concentrate or oil you want to use in your vape cartridge. While it is recommended to use Cannabis/Hemp Oil (Distillate) for ease of use, it is also fairly simple to use concentrates like Rosin, Shatter, Budder, Sugar, Sauce, etc… As mentioned before, high-quality oil should be highly viscous but what if all you have is Shatter, Sauce or Rosin? Not to worry. You can easily heat and mix your concentrate with liquefier and terpenes while blending until the liquid is fully emulsified and ready for use in a cartridge. using VG, PEG, or PG when using a “Solid Concentrate” is not recommended as some separation may occur.
This can get messy when you are a beginner. To make things easy and clean, it is recommended to use gloves, alcohol wipes, and fresh syringes.
Process: How to Mix and Fill a Cartridge
The filling is often the messiest and challenging part for a first-time filler. Not only will you need to watch for spillage and waste but you will need to be careful not to overfill your cartridges. You will want to be vigilant about not going all the way to the very top of the cartridge as you fill. There’s nothing worse than doing all the pre-filling set up just to waste your product at the end. Some cartridges have a fill line, so you know where to stop while others don’t. In this process, you will learn to properly heat up your ingredients, mix Terpenes and Viscosity Booster with THC/CBD Oil then use a syringe to fill your cartridges. These instructions are for using 5mls(5 Grams) of oil. It is recommended to use milliliters when measuring for accuracy but using a scale that reads Grams will be just fine.
Warm up your Oil or Concentrate to about 85-90 degrees Celsius
Check to see if your oil is warmed up – It is ready to go when the oil is fully liquified, and there are no chunks of concentrate at the bottom or floating around.
If you are using a concentrate other than oil ex: Shatter, you will need to mix the concentrate and the viscosity booster with heat applied. A two to one ratio is a good place to start, but you can always add more concentrate to increase the potency and viscosity or more viscosity booster to lower the potency and viscosity. It really comes down to your preference.
Take your liquified Oil or liquified concentrate mixture and add in your Terpenes and Viscosity Booster. If you already added Viscosity Booster because you are using a concentrate other than Oil/Distillate you can choose to add more Viscosity booster or leave it out completely. The ratio for terpenes and oil can be to your preference, but it is recommended doing 5-10% Terpenes and 5-10%Viscosity Booster for a total of 10-20%.the guide, we did 5ml (or 5 Grams) off full spectrum CBD Oil, 0.5ml of Terpenes, and 0.5mls of Viscosity Booster totaling 6mls(or 6 Grams) of finished product ready for use in a pen. Generally speaking mimicking the flower’s natural concentrations is the best approach.
Blend/Mix all the ingredients very well. There should be no difference in color or viscosity throughout the entire mixture. The whole mix must be fully emulsified.
Once everything is blended, you will want to suck it up with a syringe.
After the oil mixture is inside the syringe, it is ready to be poured inside the cartridge.
The syringe should have volume marks reading in milliliters. You will put 1ml into a 1ml cartridge and 0.50mls into a half gram or .5 ml cartridge. Fill to the mark if the cartridge has one, if not fill the cartridge until it is nearly full with some room for an air bubble at the top. The air bubble is used by some people to gauge the potency of a cartridge. This technique works well for oil but does not apply to cartridges made with other concentrates.
Once your cartridges are full, cap them tight and flip them over to “Rest.” Let them rest for 1 hour. During this period and air that was compressed and trapped during the cartridge filling and capping process will have the chance to escape out of the intake holes. Flipping your cartridge during the rest period will allow the air to escape without causing your cartridge to leak. This is a critical step!
Using alcohol wipe or an alcohol-soaked paper towel, clean off the outside of your cartridge of any excess oil that may have been spilled onto it from a drippy syringe or overfilled cartridge
After your product has rested, test it out!
Terpenes and boosters are tested extensively before sold to customers. Producing them in house is therefore very expensive. When using lab tested ingredients and working according to protocol your product is safe.
Start with small hits to make sure the ceramic coil or heating element is primed and ready for use. Priming your cartridge is a great way to ensure maximum flavor from start to finish without getting a burnt taste.
It is crucial to have the right equipment and knowledge before attempting to produce cartilages.
Any unwanted interaction can be fatal.
If cartilages are made correctly they are a safe way to deliver accurate doses of cannabis.
Cartilages are designed to be customizable to preferences.