The Best Vape Cartridges 2021

by Jessica
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Vaping is now one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis. All you need is your trusty vape pen and your favorite vape cartridge. So we looked at what our customers buy online —from Absolute Xtracts strain-specific cells to hard-hitting high THC powerhouses — to find the best cartridges of 2021.

There are countless manufacturers selling vape cartridges online today. But it can be hard to find the premium products among all the noise. Luckily, our community of cannabis connoisseurs gives us constant feedback on which products they love. So here, we present to you our findings.

What is a Vape Cartridge?

A vape cartridge is a small glass cartridge filled with cannabis oil. The cartridge (or cart) connects to a battery on your vape pen. When turned on, the battery heats and evaporates the oil. You inhale the vapor, sit back, and relax. No fuss, no mess.

Cartridges come in .5 gram or 1 gram sizes. There are a few different types, but most are 510 cartridges. This simply means they’re compatible with a 510 thread, the way most vape pen batteries connect to a cartridge. 

How to Choose a Great Vape Cartridge

Like we said, there are a lot of vape carts on the market. Honestly, some are far better than others. As a rule of thumb, you want to look for vape carts that use clean ingredients and contain no unnecessary additives. Like anything you put into your body, you want the good stuff.

Beyond that, choose a cartridge that will give your desired experience. Like any cannabis product, vape carts vary in their THC, CBD, and terpene content as well as their potency. Here are a few things to look out for.

Distillate vs. Live Resin Carts

Most vape cartridges will use a distillate, an oil distilled from dried flower. This can create highly potent oils, with upwards of 80–90 percent THC. These cartridges are likely to deliver a serious high.

But one downside is that the oils lose a lot of flavor and character when they’re distilled. Unlike bud, vape carts tend to deliver lots of THC and not much else. This often means a less complex high.

Which is why live resin cartridges are growing in popularity. Live resin carts use oil extracted from fresh flower instead of dried bud. This means the resin retains terpenes and other cannabinoids. And for you, that means a subtler, more complex high, similar to smoking a joint.

Terpenes in Vape Cartridges

Terpenes play an important role in the effects of cannabis. They interact with cannabinoids and give each strain its unique high. Live resin carts already contain terpenes. But some manufacturers are also adding terpenes back into distillates to create more interesting experiences. 

Some use cannabis terpenes, while others use botanical terpenes from other plants. Typically cannabis terpenes will create a more authentic experience and taste.  Botanical terpenes, meanwhile, can taste sweeter and are not as complex.

Top Five Best-Selling Vape Cartridges of 2021

Now that you know what to look for, here’s a good place to start: with Green Rush’s top four best-selling vape cartridges of 2021.

  • Absolute Xtracts

    [caption id="attachment_5421" align="alignright" width="390"]Absolutely blue dream cart One of our favorite flavors from Absolute Xtracts[/caption]

Absolute Xtracts are a perennial favorite. They use homegrown Cali bud and gold-standard CO2 extraction methods. That means no weird additives or solvents and no pesticides.

All their products use pure cannabis oil and cannabis terpenes to closely recreate the experience of your favorite strains. Classics like Sour Diesel and Blue Dream are faithfully reimagined for those of us who prefer vaping to rolling joints.

Want the biggest selection? We recommend with Absolute Xtracts buy online, you won't be disappointed.

  • Americanna 

Americanna offers high-quality, affordable vape cartridges that pack a real punch. Using CO2 extracted distillates, they specialize in high-potency carts. 

They’ve created a few distinct flavor profiles with an average of 92 percent THC. We love Forbidden Fruit for the deep relaxation it promises at the end of a long day.

  • Buddies 

Born on the West Coast, Buddies are committed to cannabis craftsmanship. And that’s led them to create three unique types of Buddies cartridges. They offer distillate, live resin, and live distillate cartridges to cater to all tastes.

Each of their products is strain-specific, and they have a wide range of favorites to choose from. They also offer cross strains, like this Wedding Cake x Watermelon Zkittles live resin cart, which we love.

  • Jetty 

Jetty Extracts have been creating premium vape cartridges in California since 2013.

(their proprietary extraction method is made right in the bay). They’ve even engineered their own proprietary extraction process to offer the cleanest, most authentic products they can.

They offer loads of classic strains as CCELL Jetty Extracts cartridges. Maui Wowie is their best-selling strain of all time. Like all their products, it doesn’t skimp on THC or terpenes, giving a full-value high.

  • Bloom Brand

Bloom brand was created in 2014, and continues to create high potency cannabis vapes with a diversity of flavors and strains. Their products are discreet and perfect for anyone who wants to vape.

Its Not Just AbsoluteXtracts - Buy Online for Unlimited Choices

So there you have it: the best vape cartridges of 2021. And there’s plenty more where those came from. Check out our full range of vape cartridges available online, and let us know which ones you love.