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 The Difference Between THC Vape, CBD Vape

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Understanding THC Vs. CBD Vapes In Australia

Vaping has seen a significant rise in popularity in recent years, and Australia is no exception. However, with a multitude of options available and terms like “THC vape pen” and “CBD vape oil” often causing confusion, it can be challenging to determine where to begin.

At our business, we specialise in medical cannabis products, although nicotine vapes are also available in the market. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive overview, covering the essential differences between THC and CBD vapes, understanding the legal landscape, and selecting the ideal vape pen to meet your needs.

Understanding THC and CBD Vapes in Australia

Vaping involves inhaling a vapour created by heating a specific liquid substance. In the world of THC and CBD, these liquids are known as vape oils or e-liquids, containing varying concentrations of cannabinoids. But what exactly are THC and CBD?

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis that produces the "high" associated with marijuana use. However, THC also has several therapeutic applications, including pain relief, managing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, increasing appetite, and addressing sleep disorders.

CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD is a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis known for its potential health benefits, such as pain relief and anxiety reduction (to name a few).

What is a THC Vape Pen?

It is important to note that THC and CBD oils are not designed for vaping and can be harmful if used in this manner. This guide focuses on vape liquids, which are specifically formulated for safe inhalation.

A THC vape pen is a portable vaporizer specifically designed for inhaling THC vape  liquid

 It typically consists of a battery, a heating element (aka, an atomizer), and a cartridge containing the liquid itself.

When you activate the pen, the battery heats the atomizer, thus vaporising the liquid for inhalation.

Types of THC Vapes Available in Australia

First of all, it’s important to note that due to the strict Australian regulations, THC vape pens are not legal for recreational use.

However, medicinal cannabis products containing THC, may be available with a doctor’s prescription.

Benefits and Effects of Using a THC Vape Pen

Now we know what THC is; what are the benefits of using a specially designed THC vape pen? Here are a few noteworthy perks:

Vaping THC offers a faster onset of effects compared to traditional methods like smoking the cannabis flower.

Vape pens are generally smaller and more discreet than smoking flowers.

Certain vape pens allow for more precise control over THC intake. Additionally, this can be an economical option for patients, as a single vape cartridge can provide up to 600 doses.

Exploring CBD Vape Options

In Australia, all medicinal cannabis products, regardless of their THC percentage, require a prescription. This regulation ensures that these products are used under medical supervision for appropriate therapeutic purposes. 

Different Forms of CBD Vapes in Australia

CBD Vape Oil

This is the most common type, containing CBD isolate or a full spectrum extract (including other cannabinoids) suspended in a carrier oil.

Disposable CBD Vape Pens:

These pre-filled pens are convenient and require no maintenance, but offer less customisation than their counterparts.

Refillable CBD Vape Pens

These offer far more control over refilling and choosing your preferred CBD oil.

 In Australia, vape cartridges are typically used with a 510-thread battery. These cartridges are not refillable; once empty, you discard the cartridge and replace it with a new one on the same 510 battery.

Health Benefits of THC Vape Pens

While research is ongoing, THC has shown a number of potential benefits for a variety of health concerns, including:

Pain Relief

THC may help manage chronic pain by interacting with specific receptors on the brain and nerve cells, which slows pain impulses and eases discomfort.

Anxiety Reduction

In some cases, THC has been found to provide relief from symptoms of anxiety as it is linked with feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and sociability, although it is important to note that its effects can vary and may not be suitable for everyone.

Improved Sleep

THC, when consumed in low doses, has been found to provide greater ease of falling asleep, increased slow-wave sleep and increased total sleep time.

Comparing Dry Herb Vapes and Vape Liquids

Dry herb vapes offer a more natural flavour profile as these CBD flowers are picked, dried, then grinded compared to the often artificial flavours of vape liquids.

Vape liquids provide more convenience and portability, with pre-filled cartridges that are easy to replace and require minimal maintenance.

Dry herb vapes allow for more experimentation with different strains, while vape liquids offer a variety of pre-mixed flavours and cannabinoid combinations.

Dry herb vapes require more preparation and regular cleaning, whereas vape liquids are user-friendly and low-maintenance.

Legality and Regulations in Australia

As mentioned earlier, THC vape pens in Australia are not legal for recreational use – though, they are obtainable with an appropriate prescription from your doctor.

It’s important to always check the laws in your state or territory for the latest information as this information is indeed subject to change.


Guide to Choosing the Right Vape Pen for You

 In Australia, vape cartridges are typically used with a 510-thread battery. These cartridges are not refillable; once empty, you discard the cartridge and replace it with a new one on the same 510 battery.

Dry Herb

This type of vape pen offers a more natural flavour as compared to liquid vape pens, and you get the full benefit of all the major and minor cannabinoids with an added benefit of the “entourage effect”. A downside to this is that it could be hard for people with poor dexterity or vision as it is fiddly. CBD flowers can also be costly with prices ranging from $80 to $180.

Liquid Vape Pens

These vape carts on the other hand are easy to use, with a wide range of minor cannabinoids included. These pens, with their small size, can be discreet compared to the larger dry herb vaporisers. A number of these cartridges are resin or distillates, which means that there are no added solvents or diluents. In terms of pricing, a vape cart is relatively cheaper than dry herb, with its price ranging from $59 to $140.

Considerations for First-Time Users

New to vaping? Here are some important considerations to remember:

Start Low, Go Slow

Begin with a low dosage of CBD and gradually increase if and when necessary.

Consult with Our Pharmacist

In Australia, all cannabis products (imported or local) must meet the TGO 93 standards to ensure the highest quality. Come in to discuss your needs with one of our pharmacists, who can guide you on which type of vape would be best for you. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities.

How to Use and Maintain Your Vape Pen

Tips for Safe Vaping

Read the Manual

Every vape pen is different, so familiarise yourself with the manufacturer's instructions and follow them closely.

Store Properly

Remember to keep your vaporizer out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures while not in use.

Maintain Hygiene

Clean the mouthpiece regularly with a disinfectant wipe suitable for electronics.

Use the Right Charger

Only use the charger that came with your device or one recommended by the manufacturer.

Listen to Your Body

Pay close attention to how you feel after vaping and adjust the dosage accordingly. Be careful not to abuse it.

Don't Share

Sharing a vape pen can spread germs and bacteria. Not only that, but if it is a prescription vape pen, only you are authorised for its use.

Final Thoughts

The world of vaping can be exciting to explore, but it’s also important to navigate it with knowledge!

Now that you’re armed with this essential guide, you can make well-informed decisions about the various THC and CBD vape options available to you.

Remember, Essence Dispensary is here to help you on your vaping journey. We offer a wide range of high-quality CBD vape pens and oils, all sourced from reputable suppliers.

If you have any questions about THC or CBD vapes, their legality in Australia, or which product might be right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable team – simply contact us today – we’re happy to chat and help you find the perfect vape pen to suit your needs!


Here’s a quick look at some of the most frequently asked questions we get:

How Long Does a Vape Pen Last?

Since a vape pen uses a 510 battery, The lifespan of a vape pen  will last about 5 hours, but this will also depend on the frequency of use, and the manufacturing quality.

How to Store Your Vape Pen Properly?

Store your vaporizer in a cool, dry place, well-away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. When not in use, keep the pen turned off and disconnected from the charger.

Important Note

This blog post is strictly for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before using any CBD products, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are currently taking different medications.