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How to Source and Select Vape Hardware Quality raw materials, redundant supply-chain relationships and design are keys to creating a safe, reliable product

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annabis extraction companies labor over making perfectly flavorful and potent oil. But if that oil ends up in poor-performing or otherwise substandard hardware, consumers won’t buy it again. Choosing and sourcing vaping hardware for extraction companies involves several key considerations, including: • How to weigh price versus quality. • Finding hardware that is easy to work with. • Building redundancy and consistency into the supply chain. • The storage of oil in vape cartridges. “The key consideration in sourcing a component for our vaporizers is clarity,” said Jamie Rosen, CEO and founder of Las Vegas-based Dr. Dabber, a CBD vaporizer company. “It is crucial our suppliers are clear on Dr. Dabber’s quality requirements and the design of the components.”

Cannabis lab technicians can make the perfect oil, but the accompanying hardware needs to be on par for the customer to have a quality experience. Photo courtesy of The Blinc Group

Quality Over Cost Cheaper hardware can break, leak and—even worse—release harmful toxins such as heavy metals into the oil that consumers vape. Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, co-founder and CEO of New Yorkbased vape manufacturer The Blinc Group, said it’s important to remember that just because a supplier says its hardware is lead-free doesn’t mean that’s the case. He prefers stainless steel in all the places where oil interacts with the

Cannabis extraction companies need to source the best possible hardware to ensure marijuana oil and other concentrates are safe for the consumer to use. When selecting which hardware to purchase, consider: • Striking an appropriate balance between price and quality. • Sourcing materials that are easily manipulated, such as stainless steel. • Buying from suppliers with multiple supply streams. • How well the material will store over time.

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vape pen’s components because oil can’t leech harmful toxins from the corrosion-resistant metal. The molds used to create glass vape cartridges can be made of lead, Dumas de Rauly said. If the supplier doesn’t properly clean the glass particles, lead could still be present in the cartridge and get into the oil. “It’s really about understanding where all this material comes from,” he added. A common mistake Dumas de Rauly sees is new companies ordering hardware online without properly vetting the source and testing the materials.

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