Vaping 101: 7 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Disposable Pen

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New to vaping?

Get ready to join the ranks of 11 million happy vapers that reside in the US.

That’s right, approximately 1 in 20 adults around the country now smoke e-cigarettes! Clearly, this is no mere fad. Vaping is mainstream these days, with huge numbers of people partial to a puff.

However, newbies to the vaping world have a lot to learn.

There are different ways to do it, and novel vaping vernacular to master; there’s even a vaping etiquette to wrap your head around.

Dipping your toes into vaping via a disposable pen is a good way to go. It’s a simple, cheap and no-nonsense way to get started.

Interested in learning more about this easy way to vape your weed?

Read on to learn 7 key considerations before buying your first disposable pen.

1. Understand What You’re Buying

First thing’s first:

You should know what a disposable vape pen actually is!

You’re buying a device for consuming cannabis. Hopefully that much is obvious already. There’s more to know before handing over your money, though.

Compared to other methods of vaping (such as a cartridge pen), disposable options are far simpler. Each component is contained within the single unit.

The details are less important, but you’ve got the oil, atomizer (the heating element that creates the vapor), and battery within the pen.

This simplicity makes it popular among newbies to vaping. All you have to do is puff away until the oil runs out.

2. Know the Environmental Implications

There are many advantages to buying disposable pens.

It’s undoubtedly the easiest way to get started with vaping. There’s nothing to learn, nothing to refill, and no batteries to recharge. You literally inhale and away you go.

What’s more, they’re far more discrete than other means of vaping. Disposable pens are smaller and more compact. That’s good news if you’re trying not to draw attention to yourself.

However, it ain’t all great.

A primary disadvantage is the waste it produces. Just like disposable razors, you use the pen until it no longer works. Then you bin it.

If you’re environmentally inclined, then this may be a sticking point.

3. Find out If They’re Recyclable

Worried about the waste?

Be sure to find out about potential recycling programs for the pen.

This is one way in which dispensaries are tackling the problem. Basically, some companies have started to recycle used vape pens. Instead of throwing it in the trash, you can return your empty devices to the dispensary.

Some companies even incentivize it. Use the recycling program and they’ll offer discounts and credits to put towards your next purchase.

4. Get Your Money’s Worth

Price is another primary advantage of disposable pens.

As we’ve already noted, they’re just far cheaper than more advanced devices. This makes them a useful way of testing the waters. You realize if vaping will be for you, without investing huge amounts upfront.

That said, not all disposable pens are created equal.

Some are better value for money than others.

Generally speaking, this comes down to the number of doses they provide. Be sure to check at the dispensary (or on the box) how many doses you get.

You’ll find pens with anywhere between 50 and 200 doses inside. Work out the relative price by dividing the price by how many doses are included. That’ll get you the most bang for your buck.

Here’s more information on how long disposable pens last for.

5. Understand the Cannabis

Vaping and e-cigarettes can be complicated to understand.

Throw in the numerous strains of cannabis and CBD to THC ratios, and things can get confusing.

If you’re new to vaping, but an old-hand with marijuana (or vice-versa), then this may be less of a problem. But total newbies can find themselves totally lost.

It’s always important to understand the cannabis you’ll be vaping though.

Oils used in disposables have varying effects and strengths. The type, quality, and intensity of the high will inevitably differ between devices. Different strains, extraction methods, and additives all have an impact.

Ask the dispensary and/or do your research ahead of time to realize what to expect.

6. Research Ahead of Time

Don’t let ignorance ruin the experience.

As you now know, different disposable pens have varying effects. Picking a pen at random may well provide a flavor or effect that you dislike.

A bad first impression can put you off vaping forever. You assume it isn’t for you.

That, of course, isn’t necessarily true. You just have to find the right pen and cannabis strain for your needs.

You can narrow it down by researching in advance. Speak with friends and family that vape. Get online and refer to the plethora of message boards on this topic. Ask what people would recommend to a newbie to vaping cannabis.

That prior preparation will pay off if it helps you find the perfect pen.   

7. Try Before You Buy

On the odd occasion, you’ll unbox a bad pen.

For one reason or another, your brand new purchase won’t work as intended.

It’s always annoying. Even worse, many dispensaries won’t offer refunds later down the line. For that reason alone it’s always worth trying the pen before you leave the shop.

Buy the pen and unbox it then and there. Make sure it works before you leave.

If it doesn’t, then you can prove the situation to the dispenser. They’ll have no other choice but to give you another.  

Time to Buy Your Disposable Pen

There you have it: everything you need to know before purchasing a disposable pen.

Vaping is hugely popular around the US. Millions of people now partake in this pastime. Indeed, an entire culture has been built up around it.

Vaping cannabis is a particular niche within the overall practice.

There are all sorts of ways to do it. For newbies, it can seem a daunting and confusing world to enter! Disposable pens provide the ideal way to give it a go.

Hopefully, the information in this post will help you find the perfect pen to get started with.

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