Difference Between Cannabis Oil and E-liquid

If you have wondered what the differences are between cannabis oil and e-liquid, this piece offers comprehensive details that will help you understand what is contained in the two different oils and how those differences may affect your vaping experience.

Terpenes in Cannabis

What is cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil refers to the extracts from a cannabis plant that contains all or some of the active compounds found in a cannabis plant. 

The compounds include cannabinoids (such as THC, CBD, CBC, and CBG), terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals, essential oils, etc. The percentage of the compounds varies across the different types of strains of sativas, indicas, and hybrids.

Cannabis oil is used to make edibles, tinctures, beverages, dab oils, and others. These products make it possible for many people to tap into the numerous therapeutic and recreational benefits of cannabis.  


What is an E-liquid?

An E-liquid is a flavored type of juice that is used in vaporizers to make a vapor that is inhaled. It also goes by the monikers’ e-juice’ or ‘vape juice.’ It comes in various flavorings and nicotine concentrations (or none). 


What is cannabis oil made of?

When cannabis oil is extracted, it is highly viscous which it makes it difficult to work with on its own. Usually a carrier oil is combined with the cannabis oil to make it less viscous for vaping and other uses.

Apart from the compounds listed above, cannabis oil may contain any of the following carriers: hemp seed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, palm oil, sesame seed oil, or grape seed oil.


What is an e-liquid made of?

E-liquids are made of various chemicals and additives, such as PG, VG, vitamin A acetate, flavoring, and dyes. Nicotine may or may not be included depending on the user’s preference.


How is cannabis oil made?

Cannabis oil can be extracted from various methods depending on who and where it is made and the budget. Some of the popular methods include;

  • Solvent-based extraction method
  • Supercritical CO2 cannabis oil extraction method
  • Cooking oil extraction method

Each of these methods has its pros and cons, but the most efficient is the CO2 extraction method. It produces pure, safe, and toxin-free cannabis oil.


How is an E-liquid made?

E-liquid or vape juice is typically made by mixing nicotine and flavorings with a solvent — commonly used solvents include: propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, or some mixture of the both.


How safe is cannabis oil?

Cannabis oil is generally considered safe, especially if a harmless carrier is used like hemp seed oil, olive oil, and many others. Using cannabis oil with VG or PG may pose a risk to the human lungs. 

THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants, and when taken in excess, it could lead to paranoia, elevated levels of anxiety, and dizziness. Moderation is the key to reaping the numerous medical and recreational benefits of cannabis. 


How safe is an e-liquid?

Vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol are the main components in popular e-liquid brands. These are generally considered safe for use in many consumer products such as cosmetics and sweeteners. 

They are also believed to offer a safer alternative to smoking. Many people have weaned off cigarettes thanks to e-liquids with little to no nicotine levels. 


Take away

Cannabis oils and e-liquids are inherently different in the many ways highlighted above. You can now easily differentiate the two and pick the right product that suits your needs as a consumer. 

At Lit Vape Pens, we offer the best vape pens in Canada. We have a wide variety of products, and our cannabis oil is made from the safest carrier oils. You will never find products such as MCT oil, coconut oil, VG, PEG, or PG in our products. When you choose us, you choose quality!