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How Long Do Cannabis Vape Cartridges Last?

You should never have to go without your Delta-8 THC or your other favorite cannabinoids. And now you don’t have to. Having an idea of how quickly you may go through your cannabis vape cartridge will allow you to keep your refills coming on time. 

In this article, we will discuss typically how long a vape cartridge will last, depending on a few important factors.

How Long Will My Cannabis Vape Cartridge Last?

How long your cart will last depends on these factors:

  1. The capacity of your cart
  2. How frequently you vape
  3. How well you take care of it
Vape THC Cartridge

Cartridge Capacity

So you may be wondering how many puffs you can get out of one cartridge. However, there is no standard amount per cart size, plus everyone takes varying puffs. It is also important to keep in mind the potency of the product plays a factor.

We can only anecdotally say what most people’s experiences are, on an average basis. Typically prefilled carts come in these two sizes:

  • ½ gram (500 mg): To finish this size cart, an average person will take anywhere between 75 and 150 puffs, based on a 3 to 5 mg puff. Tentatively we would say if you are a light inhaler and you take as much as 30 puffs a day, then your cart will last you anywhere from 3 to 5 days. But if you only tend to take about 3 puffs a day on a one-second inhale, you could make your cart last about 50 days!
  • 1 gram (1,000 mg): To finish this size cart, an average person will take anywhere between 150 and 300 puffs, based on a 3 to 5 mg puff. Tentatively we would say if you are a light inhaler and you take as much as 30 puffs a day, then your cart will last you anywhere from 5 to 10 days. But if you only tend to take about 3 puffs a day on a one-second inhale, you could make your cart last about 100 days!

Vape Frequency

For those who blow through their cart in a matter of days, we salute you! Your only real problem is having a backup cart ready when you’re on to the next one. For light vapers, there may be other issues to be concerned with.

The minute you receive your cart in the mail, the oil is already losing freshness and potency. The oil is going to degrade over time because it is made of complex chains of lipids and molecules that do not have the strongest bonds.

These bonds can break, causing your vape oil to go bad. If you take care of your cart, it should still keep the same potency after 6 months to a year. It will have then effectively reached its expiration date of 1.5 years, depending on what cannabinoids and terpenes are present in your cart.

If you aren’t the type to vape every day, this may be a concern for you. How to check if your cart has gone bad:

  • It no longer has its original viscosity and clarity. If it is murky, cloudy, or has crystals growing from the sides, it is past its prime. Additionally, if the texture is sludgy or thickened, it is done for.
  • If the liquid is discolored or has turned brown, you should throw it out. 
  • The vapor is bitter or sour. 
  • You are coughing more. 
  • You notice a weakening of potency.

The compounds in the oil degrade gradually, and once they have broken down, they won’t maintain their potency. Though some people don’t mind vaping an expired cart, we don’t recommend it since the compounds have lost their oomph, and thus the desired effects

Cannabis oil vape pen cartridges

Cartridge Care

If you want your cart to last, you have to take care of it. It is important to be aware of the factors that cause it to degrade quickly. Here are some factors to be aware of that speed up the aging of your cannabis product:

  • Heat: Exposing your cart to higher temperatures can quickly cause the oil and the cannabinoid compounds to break down. This can include the heat from inside a car, or even something as seemingly benign as the heat from your pocket. The optimum temperature your cart should be stored at is 70℉. If you must travel with your pen, keep it in its case to help protect from external factors.
  • Light: Not only does sunlight contribute damaging heat to your cart, but the light can cause the oil to become darker and less potent over time. This doesn’t only apply to sunlight; all light has the ability to degrade cart oil.
  • Humidity: High humidity levels can change the molecular structure of your Delta-8 cart. This forcing of moisture into the molecules could make them break down quickly. Make sure to keep hemp products out of the bathroom, as well as out of the kitchen where steam can be created from cooking. 
  • How it’s stored: Vape cartridges should be stored in an upright position and unscrewed from the battery. It is preferable to keep the cart in a case for extra safety. Leaving the cart on its side could cause it to leak. And expending all the liquid inside in this way won’t help it last long!

If you keep these factors in mind for the care of your cart, it will effectively last up to a year without a change in its potency.

The Good Things In Life

A cannabis cart can last anywhere from a few days to a year. If you are a heavy vaper with a love for the good things in life, you could go through it in a week. But if you are the type to savor your dose for special occasions, you may run the risk of the degradation of your oil in a year’s time.

And of course, with all good things in life, proper care is essential for just how long your cartridge will last.

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