Learn | 02.23.2023

Broken Vape Cartridge? Here’s What To Do With The Oil

Never throw out a broken cartridge. We'll help you put that oil to good use.

All vapers have experienced a faulty cartridge at one point or another. Not only is it a huge waste of money, but it kills the vibe knowing you can’t use that precious distillate any longer.

Don’t lose hope just yet. What if we told you that potent distillate could be extracted and used without the cartridge? If you’re using a 510-threaded cartridge that just won’t puff anymore, you’re in luck. 

Keep it around and read on for tips on how to extract the oil inside a vape cartridge and use it.

Why Do Vape Cartridges Break?

Not all cartridges are created equal. Unfortunately, it’s very common for brands to put 95% of their effort into creating premium distillate packed with cannabinoids and terpenes with wildly delicious flavors.

The other 5% is sourcing the hardware to house the oil, which can be pretty cheap. If the hardware is good quality and your cartridge is still broken, there could be a leak from the cartridge that’s damaging the battery. No matter the quality of the cartridge, accidents happen. Dropping or mishandling it can also lead to a broken cart.

Most of the time, it’s a hardware issue. Unfortunately, fixing it can be out of your hands. But there are a few ways to make use of that potent oil inside the cartridge. See below for how to extract oil from a vape cartridge and use it.

How To Get Oil Out Of A Broken Cartridge

Don’t smash your cartridge. That’s not only dangerous, but it will make a huge mess, and you won’t be able to use your distillate. Instead, get a syringe from your local drugstore and extract the oil from the cartridge.

Most 510-threaded vape cartridges come with mouthpieces that can be unscrewed. Be sure to hold the cartridge upright, so no oil leaks out. Once you’ve unscrewed your mouthpiece, place the syringe tip into the oil and extract it from the broken cartridge.

You can temporarily place the oil in a closed jar or container until you figure out what you want to do with it. Need some tips on what to do with the oil? See below.

5 Ways To Use The Oil From A Broken Vape Cartridge

Now that you’ve safely isolated your cannabis distillate, read on for more tips on how to use it.

Fill An Empty Vape Cartridge: Now that you know how to access the inside of a vape cartridge, you can take an older empty one or a new empty one and fill it with your extracted distillate.

Infuse Your Joints & Bowls: Vape oil is incredibly flavorful. It’s an excellent way to elevate your joint and bowl sessions by topping your kush with some drops of potent and flavorful distillate.

Dab It Up: Get your torch, rig, and dab tools and put your distillate to good use. Dabbing is basically the manual version of vaping, so you’ll still receive those potent effects and delicious flavors with your extracted oil.

Use It As A “Special Sauce”: Did you know you could ingest vape distillate? Since it does not need to be decarboxylated, it’s ready to be used for edibles. Plus, it requires no baking. Simply place a few drops of oil into your food or a beverage.

Take It Down The Hatch: The fastest way to make use of your extracted distillate is by taking it down the hatch. For a faster onset of effects, hold a few drops of distillate under your tongue for a minute, then swallow it. Your mucous membranes will absorb the THC and produce almost instant effects, but the rest that was swallowed will take about an hour to kick in.

See how easy it is to make use of faulty vape cartridges? Never toss a broken cart again. 

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