How To Spot A Fake Vape Cartridge Before You Buy It

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

But not all diluents are right for you, so always read the labels and ingredients to ensure that you do the right thing. For example, a new thickener called Vitamin E acetate is under investigation for being a potential cause of vaping-related illnesses.

Avoiding certain ingredients will help you stay healthy and safe as you vape cannabis. Remember that you will expose your lungs to the vaping process, and don’t take this idea for granted. Know the brands This is not a good time to experiment with new brands; you are safer with a known and established brand with a record of producing healthy cartridges. All major brands will most likely be licensed, so start by looking for the brands that have existed for many years.

Buy from brands with an established reputation and those with an active social media platform. These brands will get things right by the book because they don’t want to put a dent in their reputation.

New ad unknown brands can do whatever they like because they have nothing to lose. Such brands can be dangerous to users, and unsuspecting wholesalers will sell these products to retailers, reselling them, thus putting them at risk. Buy from known brands: this is a simple and easy way to get the correct vape cartridge. Check lab results  All licensed brands provide and publish test results so retailers can understand the scientific process involved with creating the cartridges. So always ask your budtender for the product’s certificate of analysis (COA) before purchasing the item.

Some fake brands may also have illicit lab results with photo-shopped COA, so please be careful with this idea. Licensed dispensaries should also check all COAs to avoid putting illegal products in their shops. You can also check with the lab where the product was tested to confirm that all results are accurate. You find information about the lab on the COA as well, and if it is not an actual lab address, then the product is fake. Trust your instincts about a product Lastly, when you go shopping for vape cartridges, if you feel like something is not right about the product, please go with your instincts. If you have already bought it and you’re already using it, stop using it immediately.

Most diluents are colorless, odorless, and tasteless, making it even more difficult for lab analysis to detect them. So taste and smell wouldn’t be beneficial to you all the time. However, if you feel like something is wrong, don’t take unnecessary risks. Bottom line The cannabis vape cartridge market has experienced an increase in the number of fake products, especially in unregulated states. If you don’t take the precautions we have discussed thus far, you may end up with one and expose yourself to contamination.


Those in the illicit market copy legitimate brands so brilliantly that if you don’t pay close attention, you may end up with a fake thinking it’s the real deal. As we enjoy the benefits of cannabis, we should also ensure that we are protected with the tools we use, for that is how to maximize the benefits of cannabis.

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