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When Should I Reach for a Cannabis Oil Cartridge? | Discover Marijuana

Cannabis oil cartridges, also known as vape carts, are becoming one of the most popular ways to use marijuana. In fact, vape carts outsold flower in Utah’s cannabis pharmacies in the second quarter of 2021.

Many cannabis users prefer vape cartridges because of their convenience over flower, which requires a bit more work to reach the desired effect.

Vape carts work especially well for Medical Cannabis patients who need fast-acting relief from symptoms like pain or migraine headaches.

Some cannabis oil cartridges contain concentrations of 90% THC or greater, so it’s important to be mindful of dosing to avoid any unpleasant feelings.

To use a vape cartridge, you’ll also need a vape battery. Some batteries have adjustable voltage settings, which give milder effects at lower voltages and stronger effects at higher voltages.

If you’re a Medical Cannabis patients who prefers edible products to other forms of ingestion, you may find temporary relief in an oil cartridge while waiting for the edible product to take effect.

A vape cartridge combines convenience, fast action, and discretion into one small and potent package, so it’s easy to see why they’re so popular.

Read our “Patient Guide to Medical Cannabis” and our “Activation Temps” guide for details on incorporating cannabis oil cartridges into your treatment plan.


Tim Pickett, PA-C is a Medical Cannabis expert and the founder of Utah Therapeutic Health Center. As a Qualified Medical Provider, Tim works directly with patients in need of Medical Marijuana recommendations and treatment plans. Salt Lake City Weekly readers voted Tim Utah’s Best Medical Cannabis Doctor (QMP) in its “2021 Best of Utah mind and body” edition.

Blake Smith is the Chief Science Officer at Zion Pharmaceuticals and an expert in the biochemistry of cannabis. Blake has a keen understanding of cannabinoid compounds and their effects on the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Kylee Shumway is the Pharmacist in Charge at WholesomeCo, a Medical Cannabis pharmacy in Bountiful. Her interest in cannabis medicine also began in college, when an organic chemistry professor sometimes mentioned the compounds in marijuana.

For more information on getting a Utah Medical Marijuana card or Utah marijuana laws, visit

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Published October 27, 2021
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