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Use These Cannabis Products to Make 5 Infused Fall Recipes

The crackle of fire, the pop of colorful foliage, the taste of cannabis-infused apple butter – classic autumn, am I right? Below, find five cannabis-infused dishes using fresh fall produce, seasonal flavors, and warm autumnal spices to make the most of the best season of them all.

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Recipe: Baked Apple Donuts With Maple-Cannabis Glaze

Apple maple donuts are a delicious alternative to the more common apple cider donuts. This recipe produces a dozen delicious donuts made with applesauce and apple spice, each topped with a sweet cannabis-infused maple glaze.

Cannabis Product: GanjaEats Maple Syrup (available in California)

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Baked Apple Donuts With Maple-Cannabis Glaze

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 ¼ cup applesauce, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Maple Glaze

  • 2 ½ tablespoons GanjaEats Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2–3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon maple flavoring
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Grease two donut trays (enough for 12 donuts total).
  2. In a large bowl, combine applesauce, eggs, and sugar. Give these a light mix, then slowly add the orange juice, flour, baking powder, apple pie spice, vanilla, and salt. Blend well, then add the coconut oil and give it another good stir.
  3. Scoop the batter carefully into each donut pan, spreading the batter evenly. Put trays in oven and bake for 15–18 minutes, until golden in color. A toothpick should come out clean when poked into the donut. Allow to cool slightly, then remove donuts from tray and set them aside on a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
  4. While the donuts bake, combine the infused maple syrup, powdered sugar, heavy cream, maple flavoring, and salt to make the glaze. Mix well until you reach a creamy consistency.
  5. Once donuts are completely cooled, dip the top of each one into the glaze, coating them evenly. Return to rack glaze-side up and allow to set.
  6. Once glaze is set, the donuts are ready. Enjoy while they’re fresh!

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Recipe: Apple Pumpkin Canna-Muffins

These cannabis-infused muffins feature all our favorite autumn flavors: pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and even cloves. They’re the perfect sugary snack for pick-me-ups during your foliage hike.

Cannabis Product: Sweet Amber Cannasugar (available in California)

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Apple Pumpkin Canna-Muffins

Ingredients

Muffins

  • 2 ½ cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 ¼ cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup Sweet Amber Cannasugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Grease a muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray, and pre-heat oven to 350˚F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cannasugar and all dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
  4. Using either a standing or handheld mixer, slowly blend the dry and wet ingredients together, then add the diced and peeled apple pieces and blend thoroughly.
  5. Make the topping by combining all of the ingredients together in a bowl and mix until butter chunks have broken down to pea-sized pieces.
  6. Fill muffin tray with batter almost to the top of each cup, leaving a little room, and sprinkle the topping on top.
  7. Bake for 20–24 minutes; a toothpick should come out clean when stuck into the muffins. Allow to cool, remove muffins from tin, and enjoy!

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Recipe: Cannabis-Infused Mushroom Soup

Autumn is mushroom season! Everywhere you look, you’ll see mushrooms bursting out of the ground, usually amongst a scattering of pine needles. When the farmer’s markets are overflowing too, this dreamy, creamy infused mushroom soup is the perfect way to enjoy them.

Cannabis Product: Evergreen Organix Cannabutter (available in Nevada and California)

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Marijuana Mushroom Soup

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces sliced Shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons minced dry onions
  • ½ cup Evergreen Organix Cannabutter, divided
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 ½ cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Begin by melting half of the cannabutter in a large sauce pan. Stir in the sliced Shiitake mushrooms and garlic salt; cook until the mushrooms are tender, then drain and set the mixture aside.
  2. In another large sauce pan, melt the remaining cannabutter. Add the flour and combine, cooking for one minute.
  3. Slowly add the heavy cream and half-and-half, stirring to combine. Add minced onions, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir well and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for two minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, add the mushrooms to the soup, and stir well. Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe: CBD Apple Butter

Apple butter is a versatile and tasty fall treat that can be used as anything from a topping for sundaes or biscuits to a garnish for baked sweet potatoes. It makes a great gift, and that goes double for this cannabidiol-infused version.

Cannabis Product: Swifts Cannabees Pure CBD Honey (available in Washington)

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CBD Apple Butter

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Honeycrisp apples
  • ⅓ cup Swifts Cannabees Pure CBD Honey
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

Directions

  1. Core, peel, and chop the Honeycrisp apples.
  2. In a two-quart (or larger) slow cooker, combine the infused honey, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. Add the apples, and stir to evenly coat them.
  3. Cook on low for 6–7 hours. Remove the lid and stir the apples so that they fall apart and turn mushy. Continue cooking with lid removed for an additional 30–60 minutes, allowing the apple butter to slightly thicken.
  4. Just before removing apple butter, add an additional tablespoon on the infused honey and stir well.
  5. Store in airtight Mason jars, or serve fresh and enjoy!

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High DIY: How to Make a Cannabis Stash Box

Anything can be used as a stash box—but not everything should be. That grungy Tupperware you’ve had since college, for instance? Legal cannabis deserves a better hiding place.

Enter the homemade cannabis stash box. Your cannabis stash is personal, so your stash box should be too. Luckily, it’s easy—find a box, grab some craft supplies, smoke a bowl, and let creative inspiration take over. Here’s our step-by-step to making a DIY cannabis stash box.

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Step 1: Select Your Box

High DIY: How to Craft a Personalized Marijuana Stash Box | Leafly(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Before you shop, consider where you want your stash box to live. If you’ve got limited shelf space, measure and write down approximate dimensions to search for. Also, consider how much cannabis you want your stash box to hold. Then head to the local thrift store, Container Store, consignment boutique, or estate sale to find something that fits the bill.

Things that work well include jewelry boxes, cigar boxes, bread boxes, recipe boxes, tool boxes, or even small trunks (if you’re hoping to get all your cannabis accoutrements in there as well).

Pro tip: If you’d rather work with something simple and easy to glue and paint onto, you can also buy plain wood boxes in varying sizes from most craft stores.

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Step 2: Round Up Your Supplies

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Head to the craft store to procure any materials you desire. You can choose how fancy you want to get (on the minimal effort side of things, for instance, a cool stash box can be had with as little as a sturdy gift box, old magazines, and a glue stick). Our supply suggestions:

  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Super glue, glue sticks, and/or hot glue gun
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic paint (for hand painting, detail work, nooks and crannies)
  • Spray paint (for a polished finish—better option for metallic paint)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Magazines (for decoupage)
  • Stickers
  • Decorative paper (wrapping paper or scrapbooking papers work well)
  • Velvet, brocade, or other fabric scraps
  • Ribbon
  • Beads and/or old jewelry
  • Rhinestones or sequins
  • Glitter

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Step 3: Smoke a Bowl

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Great strains for sparking creativity include Kali Mist, Chemdawg, and Berry White—and you can find many more suggestions here.

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Step 4: Make Your Box

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Now that you’re feeling relaxed and inspired, start with whatever materials call to you. You can line the box with fabric, sand and paint the exterior, add personal touches inside and out, or do just about anything you want. A few overarching suggestions:

Use Different Sections for Different Purposes

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Use smaller sections, or boxes within boxes, to hold joints and flowers to keep them from getting jostled; use larger sections of the main box to hold larger items like pipes.

Make Organization Easy

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For example, if you plan to keep concentrates in one section of your box and flower in another, you can use green and amber coloring to indicate which section is for which product type.

Make It Eye-Catching

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There’s no need to hide your stash away anymore, so give the box bright colors, personality, and plenty of glitz. 

Make It Your Own

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Incorporate things you love—associate editor Lisa Rough, for instance, chose to feature Justin Trudeau prominently, along with a little reminder to stay high.


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New Strains Alert: Golden Soda, Jericho Haze, Piña Collision, and More

Leafly’s New Strains Alert is an ongoing series that announces cannabis strains recently added to our database. Leave a rating and review for any you’ve tried, or find out if a strain is available in your area, by clicking through to the strain page.


This week we have four new cuts from Calyx Garden, including Golden Soda, a cross of Grape Soda and Golden Goat. This combination of two sweet favorites fashions a strain with a unique terpene profile and balanced effects. Grape Soda’s Tahoe OG Kush lineage is a strong counterpoint to Golden Goat’s tropical and uplifting bent. O’Gezus, Jericho Haze, and Piña Collision also offer great flavors and effects for consumers on either side of the indica-sativa spectrum. This series of strains brings a unique OG cross, an Indian landrace sativa, and a fruity, spacey mashup that is sure to enhance your weekend as “the long dark” of fall settles in.

Have fun, be well, and roll on.

Not much is known about MTG Seed’s Piña Collision other than its genetic background of Jamaican Pineapple and Blue Nebula. This sativa-dominant strain expresses a sweet, citrus-forward scent that is a tart mixture of orange and pineapple. Piña Collision has an average flowering time of 9-10 weeks and generates a solid yield for attentive growers. Utilize Piña Collision to stimulate the body while elevating mood.

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O’Gezus is an indica-dominant collaboration between Dark Heart Nursery’s Fire OG and Humboldt Seed Company’s Humboldt OG. This unique strain was plucked by Dark Heart Nursery during a 2017 phenotype hunt. O’Gezus was picked for its “mean” look, expressing serrated fan leaves and dark coloration. It also exhibits a delightful Kush aroma with subtle notes of gas on the finish. Known to offer pain relief, mood elevation, and physical sedation that gets progressively heavier with continued consumption, enjoy O’Gezus near the end of the day to maximize its relaxing effects.

Golden Soda by Calyx Garden is a hybrid strain created by crossing Grape Soda and Golden Goat. This strain combines the sweet indica-leaning phenotype of Tahoe OG Kush (Grape Soda) with the bright, tropical flavors and effects of Golden Goat, creating a strain that is equally unique in fragrance and effect. Golden Soda’s aroma is a mixture of pine, lavender, and sweet, earthy grape. Its balanced effects improve mood while taking the edge off pain.

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Sugar Calyx by Calyx Garden is a trichome-covered cross of Platinum Calyx and Dutch Treat. These two distinct strains come together to offer consumers a unique terpene profile of pungent sweetness and pine while imbuing the body with happy relaxation that lingers for hours. This hybrid is a quality choice for consumers looking to abate nausea and pain while enhancing mood. According to Calyx Garden, Sugar Calyx is one of the frostiest strains on their growing roster.

Golden Calyx by Calyx Garden in a sativa-dominant cross of a Platinum Calyx father and a Golden Goat mother. The Golden Calyx phenotype was chosen for its unique expression of the best attributes of its parent. This includes a mind-boggling aroma of piña colada, bubble gum, and lavender alongside uplifting physical effects that help stave off fatigue and nausea. Golden Calyx produces a healthy yield over its 8 to 9 week flowering cycle.

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Platinum Calyx by Calyx Garden is a hybrid cross of Grape Calyx and Platinum Girl Scout Cookies. This strain expresses predominantly Platinum Girl Scout Cookie attributes, but offers a sweeter, fruitier terpene profile of berry and spiced pastries. The soothing physical effects make this strain pleasant to consume at a variety of doses and can assist in relieving headaches and inflammation in some cases. Platinum Calyx also has a touch of whimsical introspection, making this an ideal strain to decompress with at the end of the day.

Jericho Haze in an Indian landrace sativa that was transplanted stateside by Vidl of Oregon. This strain was backcrossed to emphasize and stabilize its alluring attributes, including a sweet melon and strawberry aroma and energetic physical effects. Jericho Haze offers an intense physical energy that hits hard and fades slow, leading to a stimulated appetite as the high fades. Its dark leaves and copper hairs are a stark contrast against the frosted, nearly blue buds that develop over a naturally long flowering cycle. Utilize Jericho Haze to combat lethargy while stimulating appetite.


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Infographic: The Fastest-Trending Cannabis Strain in Every State in 2017

Strain trends change fast. The infographic below shows the fastest-trending strain in every state in the nation (and Washington, DC) in 2017. You’ll see some similarities as well as several differences when you compare the map below to our map of the fastest-trending strains in every state in 2016.

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To determine these strains, we omitted low-traffic outliers from our data, then looked at which strains had enjoyed the fastest increase in traffic from each individual market since the beginning of the year. A few data-driven takeaways about the evolving cannabis market are listed below.

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Nationwide Strain Trend Takeaways in 2017

More states are searching indicas than sativas. Indicas are often sedative stress relievers, and 2017 has been a stressful year. Perhaps that’s why more people across the US are searching indicas now than in 2016, when only four states’ fastest-trending strains were indicas.

A more diverse array of lesser-known strains is represented. As more markets legalize and consumers quickly learn about the wide variety of options available to them, they’re less likely to be searching well-known strains like Blue Dream and Green Crack, and more interested in learning about the likes of Purple Trainwreck, Game Changer, or Mendo Breath.

Kush strains are popular nationwide. Banana Kush, Orange Kush, Lemon Kush, Blueberry Kush, Obama Kush, Bubba Kush, and Platinum Bubba Kush are all represented.

Many strains are trending in multiple places, but none dominate public interest. Strawberry Cough, Platinum OG, Gelato, Bubba Kush, Grape Ape, Cheese, NYC Diesel, Platinum Bubba Kush, and AK-47 are all trending in two states, but no strain is currently trending fastest in three or more states. 

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Cannabis Strain Trends in the Eastern and Western US

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The West Coast still loves a balanced hybrid. Just like last year, Washington, Oregon, and California searches for hybrid strains are trending, though this year they’re for different strains: Liberty Haze in Washington, Rudeboi OG in Oregon, and (appropriately for the Golden State), 24k Gold in California.

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The East Coast and Midwest are less interested in sativas. Last year, we saw a majority of budding interest in sativa strains concentrated in the eastern half of the country, and particularly in the Southern US. Now in these areas, only Mississippi, Arkansas, and Vermont are still riding the sativa train.

A few results may be misleading. For instance, there’s a good chance at least some in Wisconsin meant to search for cheese, the food, rather than Cheese, the strain. Then again, you never know.


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Wax Vaporizers, Dab Rigs, and Mini Nug Cases: The Best Cannabis Products for October 2017

Welcome to Leafly’s cannabis products roundup for the month of October, where we take a look at a few of the many different products that are making a splash in the industry.

Dab enthusiasts will love this month’s offerings! Whether you’re eyeing a new silicone dab rig, are in the market for a dab pen, want a storage-friendly dab mat, are interested in pressing your own concentrates, or plan to purchase a portable wax vaporizer, we’re your one-stop shop for all your dabbing needs. Or you can pick up some refreshing hemp rub, treat your pooch to some hemp oil doggy treats, brew some soothing infused tea, and stash your beloved nug for safe travels.

Check out our October picks, and make sure to check out the other awesome finds in our product catalog!

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Everything You Need to Know About Pre-Filled Oil Vape Cartridges

When it comes to ease of use, portability, and functionality, one cannabis product stands tall above the rest. You may know them as pre-loaded cannabis oil vape cartridges, hash oil vape pens, or even disposable wax pens. These relatively new and exciting devices have permeated the cannabis concentrate market over the last several years, quickly becoming the go-to concentrate-based product for both the novice and accustomed cannabis fans.

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However, when it comes to choosing the right pre-loaded disposable pen, various factors stand in the way of making a decision. Although many of these products seem aesthetically similar at first glance, there are a myriad of nuances that distinguish them from one another.

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Understanding the differences between these disposable pens can help you make an educated decision on which product is right for your consumption.

Why Choose a Pre-Filled Oil Vape Cartridge?

If you’re new to pre-filled oil vape cartridges, there are many benefits to using them that I’ve outlined below.

Ease of Use

Deciding to use a pre-filled cannabis oil vape cartridge takes the guesswork completely out of the equation. Contrary to other methods of using hash oil such as a dab rig and nail setup, or even manual portable vape pens which require self-loading, pre-filled “carts” require little to no effort whatsoever. At most, these products may require you to press a button to inhale. In fact, most of the time you don’t even have to worry about the battery life—many products are designed so that charging the battery isn’t even necessary.

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Portability

Pre-filled oil vape carts are the easiest method of enjoying hash oil while on the go. Their sleek and minimalist design allows for discreet vaping, free of the distracting qualities that larger setups or raw cannabis products may carry (such as noticeable smoke or odor).

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Dosing

For uninitiated cannabis concentrate users, dosing can be a major concern. Nobody wants an overwhelming experience when attempting to enjoy cannabis oil products responsibly. Unlike dabbing, using a pre-loaded vape pen allows for a highly controlled dose with each inhalation. This gives the user full autonomy of how much or little to consume.

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The Types of Pre-Filled Cartridges Available

Familiarize yourself with the many types of pre-filled oil vape cartridges on the market so you can purchase the one that best fits your needs or preferences.

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Cartridge/Battery Combos vs. Disposables

When choosing a pre-filled vape pen, there are several hardware options. Some products are offered in tanks that typically come formatted with a 510 threaded standard vaporizer battery insert. These tanks can fit on any battery that contains the 510 threading, and nowadays almost all battery tanks come in this format. The exception to this is when you purchase pre-loaded tanks designed by companies to fit their personalized batteries. An example would be the PAX Era Pods, which are designed to be used with their vaporizer/battery systems.

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Alternatively, many pre-loaded vape pens are available as “disposables,” containing a pre-charged battery designed to support the device until the tank empties. These pen varieties require no charging and are meant to be disposed after use. They contain no threading and are not meant to be separated from their battery.

Distillate Cartridges vs. CO2

Hash oil tends to be a highly viscous substance, making it substantially difficult to use with standard vaporizer hardware. This has led the pre-loaded vaporizer market in a series of directions to design a product that functions properly with standard atomizers.

Methods have been taken to “cut” or infuse standard hash oil with various substances such as polyethylene glycol (PEG), propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), or even medium chain triglycerides (MCT) such as coconut oil in order to maintain a less viscous and lasting consistency conducive to standard atomizer functionality.

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While the use of such agents has been subject to controversy, market innovators have found several ways to mitigate this concern by developing alternative extraction techniques. An example of this is the use of distillates in pre-loaded vape pens.

Distillation takes the standard CO2 extraction process used in most disposable pen varieties and refines the oil once more through a fractioning process to produce a substance with a much higher cannabinoid purity. Distillate, being less viscous, is much easier to use in pre-loaded vape pens and does not require cutting agents.

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Terpene Infusions and Strain-Specific Flavorings

Alternatively, the use of terpenes has been found to help cut the viscosity of hash oil as well, making this another, potentially safer, alternative to traditional cutting agents. Terpenes not only add flavor and aromatics to the experience, they can alter the effects due to their ability to influence how cannabinoids interact with our system.

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There are several ways to use terpenes with pre-filled vaporizer cartridges. Food-grade terpene flavorings, for example, are arguably the most prevalent as well as the lowest quality when it comes to flavor and experience. Terpenes are found all over nature, and can also be synthesized in a lab.

Take d-limonene for example, a popular terpene additive that is found in some cannabis varietals. Many manufacturers use food-grade d-limonene as the sole flavoring additive for their pre-loaded cartridges. Although this helps to cut the viscosity of the oil as well as offer a mild flavor enhancement, infusions such as this tend to be one-dimensional and offer little to nothing in enhancing experience to the user.

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When shopping for cartridges, oftentimes these types of pens will be labeled as “lemon/lime”-flavored to represent this additive being used. Many other food-grade terpenes are used in this respect, which is why it’s important to check with your budtender and read labels carefully when buying terpene-infused cartridges.

Products Labeled by Effect

Many times, pre-filled oil vape cartridges are labeled and marketed by their supposed effect on the user. Products of this variety tend to claim they provide “relaxing” or “energetic” effects, with some often being labeled as indica, sativa, or even hybrid. When infused into a product, these terpene combinations are designed to give effects similar to what you would find in particular cannabis strains.

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Whether they’re infused with food-grade terpenes or naturally-derived terpenes extracted from cannabis strains, many of these products incorporate carefully mixed combinations similar to what would be traced in a strain or strain type. How well these infusions imitate the strain varieties they mimic is debatable; however, products with terpene combinations tend to give a more enhanced experience than a similar product containing one or no terpenes.

Cannabinoid-Specific Cartridges

Although many hash oil pen varieties are labeled by flavor or effect, some focus on cannabinoid concentration. Aside from the typical high-THC product that most pens offer, there are some manufacturers that offer products containing elevated levels of cannabidiol (CBD).

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High-CBD pens may or may not contain added flavorings, but they do guarantee a ratio of THC to CBD that can range from 2:1 all the way to 20:1 and greater. These types of pens offer great medicinal value to those looking for CBD in an easy-to-consume product.

Full-Spectrum Cartridges

The pinnacle of pre-loaded oil cartridges in terms of overall quality rests with full-spectrum extracts. These products are created using the entire spectrum of bioavailable molecules found within a given cannabis strain. A full-spectrum oil does not add, reintroduce, or remove any active compound within a strain and offers a flavor and effect far superior and multidimensional to most competitors.

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Pre-filled full-spectrum cartridges are hard to come by and are only offered in certain markets; their price tends to reflect their rarity as well. If you’re fortunate enough to live in a market where these products are available, it’s highly recommended to fork up the extra cash to give one a shot. In terms of strain comparability, the flavor on a full-spectrum cart is incredibly similar to what you would experience in a strain.

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All in all, there are many types of pre-filled oil cartridge varieties to consider, each one with its pros and cons. If you’re interested in learning more about these types of products, alway ask your local budtender before committing to a purchase. Oftentimes labels only offer a fraction of the information compared to the knowledge and expertise of a cannabis professional such as a budtender. Regardless of your taste, there’s bound to be a hash oil cartridge option available to suit your individual needs.


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