There have been many new prefilled THC oil cartridges for vape pens entering the market since legalization began spreading across America. It’s easier than ever to source highly potent, delicious tasting, cannabis oil in pre-filled cartridges. The demand for easy, mess-free prefilled cartridges is quickly surpassing all other types of vaporizer products. Nobody wants a tabletop like the Volcano anymore, and many people don’t want to mess around with filling the cartridges with the product themselves. Cannabis lovers are demanding pre-filled (or disposal) cartridges for ease of use, and time savings.
We tried out the most popular THC cartridges on the market today, to find out which ones lived up to the hype. After trying out 10 of the highest rated cartridges on dispensary shelves, we compiled our recommendations into one go-to list.
We relied on multiple deciding factors about what makes a prefilled cartridge great:
- The first factor is its capability to produce smooth billowing vapor clouds. There is no more room on the market for a harsh hit.
- The second factor is the quality and strength of the extracted cannabis oil. The high and the taste must meet our standards.
- The third requirement for a great pre-filled pen is an affordable price.
- Lastly, we wanted to make sure there was a level of quality control over the extraction process. Many companies today are finding it hard to pass the government mandating testing. The best attractions are free from pesticides, chemicals, and other toxins.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 pre-filled vape cartridges from 2018:
10. Dosist Vape Pen – Has advance cannabis oil and terpene formulas.
Our list of the best vape cartridges from 2018 starts off with a fan favorite from Dosist, formally known as hmbldt. This company is based out of California and offers controlled dosage vape pens explicitly targeting medical issues. This disposable pre-filled vape pen has been written about in Time magazine, listed as one of the 25 Best Inventions in 2016. Dosist are working to advocate for cannabis rights around the world, especially in Canada.
What makes these THC oil vape pens different than others in the industry is their unique scientific formulas. Dosist targets certain cannabis compounds to create a product geared towards improving multiple types of health and wellness issues. Some prefilled cartridges are geared towards sleep, others towards happiness, and even others are about producing the sensation of calm.
Unfortunately, not all dosages felt the same when trying out the various types of Dosist vape pens. Some were tastier then others. The product itself failed to provide a potent vaping experience, but this is likely because it’s built as a medical device and not a recreational vaporizer. The Dosist pen is not for those looking to get baked, in fact, we would only recommend a Dosist for those seeking therapeutic advantage.
During our testing phase, we also discovered a flaw, the battery of one of the vape pens died before we finished the oil inside. Out of the five Dosist strains we tested, only one battery died before we finished with the pen. We did love the packaging though, as its some of the slickest in the industry: stylish, sleek, and professional. If you prefer micro dosing throughout the day and don’t mind a lower THC pre-filled cartridge, this pen might be for you. The formulas are carefully crafted to suit the needs of their customers.
9. VVS Vape Pen – Disposable prefilled vape pen with potency.
The VVS Vape Pen is marketed as a luxury disposable THC oil pen. Its average cost is $40.00 plus tax. Three color options are available which include gold, silver, and copper, all leaning towards the higher end of vape pen aesthetics. VVS vape pens are designed to be discreet with a fragrance that is not identifiable as cannabis when vaped. When vaped, you’ll quickly notice this taste different from other pens on the market. Its noticeably not-cannabis based, and has a slight artificial aftertaste. While purists might not like the chemical flavor-profile, they may still love this product for its potency. We did eventually come to enjoy the vaping experience, although the taste took us a moment to get accustomed to since we typically love to taste of cannabis terpenes.
VVS vape pens are great for discreetly vaping almost anywhere: at work, while driving, or in your room. It’s a minimal design, with no buttons on the device at all. This disposable pre-filled vape pen only requires you to pick up and inhale. The potency is what makes this vape pen stand out though, and what accounts for the relatively high price point. Was it worth it? Well, it made it on our Top 10 List, although it sits at number nine.
8. Rove cartridge – Super strong THC oil with a weak cartridge.
Rove brand cartridges use pure-California grown cannabis as a base material for their powerful extractions. The average price for a Rove cartridge is $35.00. Unlike other pre-filled vape pens which rely on toxic butane or ethanol extraction methods, Rove uses CO2 extraction, one of the cleanest methods used in the industry today. When there are a lot of pre-filled vape cartridges failing to pass third-party testing for solvents and pesticides, you’ll want to go with a company you trust.
Rove has some very potent extracted cannabis oil in their cartridges. Unfortunately, the Rove pen design may need some tweaking in future. We found that the pen didn’t effectively vaporize the thick, resinous oil in the cartridge. Depending on the environmental conditions around you, you might find its hard to get the most out of this product. With a little ingenuity, we used a lighter hovered over the surface of the cartridge to melt the oil inside. While this method worked, it wasn’t ideal.
Once the Rove cartridge THC oil becomes liquefied, it’s possible to vape large clouds, so thick they obscure the room. If you live in California, where the climate is ideal for keeping the oil liquified, leftover resin won’t be an issue. Otherwise, check out some of the other options on this top 10 list.
7. Pax Era pods – extremely overpriced without anything to justify it
The Pax Era Pods are cartridges designed to avoid frustrating leaks and sticky messes. Pax Era battery is affordable at $19.99, which helps make up for the fact that their cartridges (called Pods) fall at the higher end of the price spectrum. Some Pods are as much as $50 each. We loved the sheer variety of the available Pods, with over 250 strains and 50 extract partners producing the concentrates. Whatever you crave in a vape product, it’s like Pax Era has one for you.
The miracle of the Pod design is ease of use, its an interesting quick snapping system, no complicated installs needed. Pods can easily be snapped on and off from the vape battery. This feature is much more efficient then screwing on a 510-threaded cartridge. The design of the Pax Era is discreet because it doesn’t look like your traditional vape pen. Another great feature is the ability to vape without having to press a button. Inhale, and suddenly you are vaping.
Pax Era vape pen and the pre-filled cartridges might not come with much control on the device itself, but Pax Era has a connected mobile dose management app. The app helped us manage our preferences for the entire experience, including temperature and time. We could cater it to different strains, figuring out which settings produced the best high and most extensive vapor cloud. We loved the dosing app for the hands-on approach, even if the Pax Era pen didn’t need any hands at all.
6. Select oil cartridges – great tasting cannabis oil using a ccell cartridge.
Cura created Select Oil in 2015, out of Portland Oregon. They expanded into California and Nevada in 2017. Select Oil cartridges stay true to their name and offer a wide selection of prefilled CO2 extracted THC, CBD, and other cannabis oils. They also have many medicinally branded blends specific to experience, and a recreational line of vape pens called Select Social.
Select cartridges range from 0 to 95% THC, whatever your preference. We enjoyed the subtle cannabis flavors, overlaid with essential oils like lavender, mint, and citrus, carefully chosen to match each combination of cannabinoids and terpenes. The flavors tasted natural, delicious, and didn’t leave us with a lingering chemical taste after vaping.
Select puts their products go through 7 levels of quality checks at their production facility. This robust process ensures their customers are receiving the best quality product possible. The average price for a Select cartridge varies depending on region and contents, typically between $20 to $35.00. If you happen to have a Pax Era atomizer, no worries, because Select Oil also sells prefilled the Pax Era Specific Pods. Click in and get to puffing.
5. 710 King Pen cartridge – Designed to vape at a temperature right below combustion.
A well-established company, 710 King Pen was founded in Los Angeles, California. This company has seen its fair share of Cannabis Cup awards for its hash oil cartridges, including their Gelato Strain cartridge which won 1st place at the 2017 SoCal Cannabis Cup.
We tried the OG Kush prefilled cartridge and found it comparable in strength and flavor to other top brands. It’s a heavy hitter that put us on the couch, which is exactly what we wanted. But no matter the potency (they have a handful of strains and THC-strengths available) we can rest assured their state of the art facility produces only the highest quality oils on the market. They distill the extraction five times to reach the required purity level and then reintroduce proprietary blends of terpenes.
4. Heavy Hitters cartridge – They offer the biggest prefilled cartridge on the market.
Heavy Hitters currently have the biggest cartridge on the market weighing in at 2.2 grams of CO2 distillate THC oil. The strength of Heavy Hitters cartridges vary, but they are all strong enough to put a novice on the floor. Some cartridges are 71% THC while others like their Blue Dream lab tested at 95% THC. We tried their 2.2-gram cartridge of Bubba that tested at 87% and was impressed with its strength.
The average price for a Heavy Hitters cartridge is between $50 to $65.00. Unfortunately, this company is one of many that have failed government regulated lab testing looking for pesticides. Heavy Hitters are making efforts to correct this mistake with more quality controls and lab test results frequently posted on their website. They are working to maintain a level of transparency and build up their name.
Despite this small blemish on their history, we really love the branding and the statement made by vaping with a prefilled Heavy Hitter Cartridge. If they are selling, we are buying.
3. Brass knuckles cartridge – Some of the strongest prefilled carts but with quality control issues.
Brass Knuckles cartridges were founded in Los Angeles, California. Its carts are packed with some of the most potent CO2 extracted cannabis oil available going as high as 90% with their Forbidden Fruit Strain. They are another company, like Heavy Hitters, which has had issues with lab testing in the past, but they are taking steps to improve their productions processes. Importantly, they use CO2 extraction methods, which is a much smoother and toxin free vaping experience.
Their company is founded by an American rapper known as Xzibit along with other partners. Their ambition is to create a CO2 prefilled cartridge that is a thousand times better than the rest. They recently released a new reverse flow cartridge that looked very promising. However, it hasn’t received good feedback thus far. Hopefully, improvements will be made soon.
Brass knuckles cartridges started the new year with a new and improved super premium CO2 oil that looks significantly clearer than it did in the past. For the oil connoisseurs out there, this is an interesting improvement. They released their new cartridges under the brand name the California edition, which is what we tried and loved. The differences are noticeable when you vape the new cartridges, the cannabis oil has superior flavor, tasting crisp and clean
Check out the complete Brass Knuckles review here and find out if the product is safe to use in 2018.
2. Amber industries cartridges – One of the best prefilled cartridges with fractional distilled cannabis oil.
Amber industries may not be as well-known as other prefilled cartridges, but if you’re lucky enough to have access to them you’re in for a treat. These are some of the tastiest prefilled cartridges on the market, and their tastiness doesn’t dampen their potency. The carriages typically have between 80-90% THC. It doesn’t require too much vaping before you can find yourself heavily medicated, this is thanks in part to their fractional distillation process.
While the THC oil in these prefilled cartridges may be clear, tasty and potent, we did find that a small amount of product was wasted at the end. A thin layer never evaporated, but perhaps this is a small price to pay for a delicious vape. The vaping device produces enormous, voluminous clouds, perfect for making your love of THC known to the community. This may be thanks to the much thicker textured oil in the cartridge. If you can find it, grab this prefilled cartridge.
1. Stiiizy – The best prefilled cartridge in 2018
Our winner for the best-prefilled THC cartridge in 2018 is the Stiiizy vape pen and their leak-proof pods. These are filled with cannabis extracted oil that isn’t cut with any fillers and tested with a minimum of 85% THC. Dual airflow tunnels on the mouthpiece of the pod are great for vaping colossal size clouds. The cartridge is both leak and burn proof making it one of the most durable prefilled cartridges on the market. We accidentally dropped this cartridge more than few times without any problems that we would have had with a glass prefilled cart.
Stiiizy has an automatic puff activation capability that makes vaping more of a pleasant experience; it’s much more enjoyable than other vape pens that require a button to pressed when vaping. Stiiizy pods are easy to slide onto its battery and easy to pop out, a feature much more efficient than the standard 510 thread screw on carts. Stiiizy cartridges are secured by magnets which is the reason why it’s so fast to remove and add one of their disposable prefilled cartridges.
The Potency is What Really Takes the Cake
Stiiizy has some powerful THC oil cartridges tested at a minimum of 85% percent. After trying Stiiizy, we didn’t want to go back to my formal favorite for a long time. We tried the Stiiizy strain Grand Daddy Purple, and it tasted a lot like a jolly grape rancher. These pod cartridges make it easy to vape huge clouds that are very smooth because of its dual airflow mouthpiece and ceramic coil.
This company has introduced a lot of innovation creating their vape pen and prefilled THC oil cartridges, it’s easy to see they really cared about crafting a product that will provide a better vaping experience than what’s on the market. Thanks to companies such as this one, prefilled wax cartridges have come a long way.
The Future of THC Pre-Filled Cartridges
The legalization of recreational weed across the country and around the world has introduced a lot of innovation for vape pen cartridges. Those who want to vape hash oil in a legalized state can now do so if they are 21 years of age. They have dozens of options, from strain to flavor, to pen. A lot of people have made the transition from smoking cannabis to vaping it. Its thought to be healthier, and often the flavors come through more so than with incineration.