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Vape Pens & 'High' Viscosity

May 9, 2017

As marijuana use becomes more mainstream, the use of vaporizer pens or vape pens as a delivery system for Tetrahydrocannabinol  (THC) is steadily increasing in popularity. Vape pens are not like your classic bongs, as seen in some old school Cheech and Chong movies, but are in fact a high-tech device; a high-tech device where precision and accuracy are critical to performance.

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In one such area where precision and accuracy are essential is in the formulation of cannabis oil. Cannabis oil is the oil extracted from the cannabis plant Cannabis sativa, some varieties of which contain high levels of THC. This oil is what is responsible for the "high" that you experience when using a vape pen. 

As the cannabis oil flows from the cartridge, it encounters a heating element within the atomizer chamber. The heating element heats up the oil to a precise temperature that is below combustion. This temperature is the temperature needed to vaporize the oil and to not burn it. This same degree of precision is also needed in the formulation of the cannabis oil. The viscosity of the oil must be precise and accurate to enter the vapor phase. The viscosity must be high enough as to not flow too quickly leading to flooding of the heating element and the viscosity must not be too high or the oil will clog the cartridge. Fortunately, this viscosity sweet spot can be accurately and precisely measure using a high-tech device known as a viscometer!

Knowing how “high” your cannabis oils’ viscosity is critical to your formulation. Without knowing this important component your formulation won’t be up to snuff. So, in other words, know your viscosity!

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