How to refill a cannabis vape cartridge: 4 easy steps

Refill vape cartridge

Cannabis concentrates have outsold cannabis flower by 37% in California, and they’re only becoming more popular. Most of these concentrates are consumed through vaporizers because they’re so easy to use and offer fast-acting effects.

Unfortunately, disposable vapes can create a lot of waste – waste that affects both the environment and your wallet. One easy way to mitigate this waste is by learning how to refill a cannabis vape cartridge.

If you want to start refilling your own cart, you’ve come to the right spot. Here’s everything you need to know to successfully refill a cannabis vape cartridge.

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Is vaping weed better than smoking it?

The biggest reason you might choose vaping over smoking is convenience and portability. Cannabis vapes are discreet and self-contained, so you don’t need to have any other items to use them. Exhaling vapor is also less noticeable and intrusive to other people around you.

If you find that you’re sensitive to inhaling hot smoke, vaping may be a better experience for you that still offers the same effects.

But from a health perspective, vaping cannabis is not necessarily any better than smoking it. There are many health risks associated with vaping, including but not limited to increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, and lung disease. For this reason, many health experts do not consider vaping to be safer than smoking.

If you are looking for safer ways to consume cannabis, consider edibles or cannabis tinctures.

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Why choose a refillable vape cartridge?

Think of it as an investment in not only the environment but your wallet as well. Aside from the waste aspect, it’s much more economical to buy one battery and one cartridge that you can use for a long time.

You’ll save by only spending money on your CBD or cannabis oil instead of buying batteries or a new cartridge each time you run out.

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Refilling your vape cartridge

It takes just four quick steps to refill your cannabis vape cartridge. All you need to get started is a small syringe or eye dropper, a refillable vape cartridge, and your chosen concentrate.

  1. First, twist the mouthpiece counterclockwise until it comes off. (If it won’t move or come off, it’s not refillable!)
  2. Next, fill the syringe or eye-dropper with the concentrate. Most cartridges can hold either 0.5 or 1 gram and usually have a max fill line.
  3. Insert the syringe into the open side of the cartridge and push the oil out of the syringe. Some cartridges have a metal piece in the center, so using a syringe will help you place the oil into the empty space around the metal post.
  4. Screw the mouthpiece on and you’re done! Be careful not to over-tighten it so you don’t damage the threads.

Vape cartridge maintenance

Vaporizers don’t require a lot of maintenance, and you don’t need any special equipment to keep them sanitary.

If you find that your vape gets clogged, simply use a syringe (always clean it after each use!) to remove the oil from the cartridge. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and gently clean the inside to remove any old oil, which can get sludgy and thick over time.

You should also always clean your vape cartridge out before you refill again.


Refilling your own vape cartridge is a great way to save money and reduce waste. Now that you can refill your own vape cartridge, you can take advantage of all the benefits cannabis has to offer in an affordable, sustainable way.

That’s worth a celebratory smoke.

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