July 18, 2023 7 min read

Delta-11 is an ultra-potent THC isomer derived from hemp, meaning it’s just as legal and accessible as other hemp products. Its potent and relaxing euphoria means that it’s highly sought after, and it’s no surprise that Delta-11 carts have risen to the top in terms of most popular consumption methods. With fast acting effects and easily metered doses, what more can you ask for?

Of course, as more Delta-11 make their way onto shelves, questions about their safety and quality are even more important. Today we're going to explore just that–the risks associated with Delta-11 carts and whether Delta-11-THC carts are safe to use. Here’s what you should know:

Table of Contents
What is a Delta-11-THC Cart?
Are Delta-11-THC Carts Safe?
Vape Cart Ingredients
Vape Cart Materials
How to Safely Use Delta-11-THC Vape Carts
Where to Buy Safe Delta-11-THC Carts Online
Resources

Key Takeaways

  • Vape carts are only as safe as their individual ingredients, and synthetic materials, dangerous additives, plastic, and low-quality metals should be avoided.
  • After you find a high-quality vape formula, you should still dose slowly to get a feel for the formula before taking large doses.
  • You can buy premium Delta-11-THC carts online and have them shipped to your door, but you should look for third-party test results and full ingredients lists first.

What is a Delta-11-THC Cart?

A delta-11 vape cart and the fresh hemp material that it's made from

A Delta-11-THC cart, or Delta-11 vape cartridge, refers to the pre-filled cartridge that fits on the end of a vape battery. These carts are usually filled with a specific amount of Delta-11 concentrate (or a Delta-11 blend). Usually, they contain between 0.5 grams and 1 gram of concentrate material. Usually, carts are designed to fit on a standard 510 threaded vaporizer battery that can be recharged.

When the cartridge is empty, it can be thrown out and replaced. Typically, this type of vape product is cost effective since you only need to purchase the battery part once.

Of course, some vape pens, often called “disposable vape pens” come with both the pre-filled tank and the battery attached. These types of vape pens cannot usually be recharged and the “cartridge” is not removable or replaceable. Once empty, you throw the entire pen away and replace it.

The two are inherently different and only the “cartridge” part can be accurately called a “vape cart.” Still, the vape cart safety information found in this article applies to all types of Delta-11 vape pens, especially since the safety has more to do with the Delta-11 formula than the actual vape pen.

What are Delta-11's Effects?

Delta-11-THC is highly psychoactive and will produce a stimulating, euphoric high that's often described as relaxing and body-centric. Some people report a light “floating feeling” or body numbness, in addition to a stimulating mental high. Often, Delta-11 is chosen for promoting relaxation and sleep, although it is not a sedative.

Compared to traditional Delta-9-THC, Delta-11 is thought to be at least three times more potent. This is presumably because it has a much higher affinity for CB-1 receptors, the neuroreceptors responsible for inducing psychoactivity.

It’s high potency may make it a great choice for experienced THC consumers with a higher THC tolerance. However, small doses may also be suitable for new consumers who are looking for a more potent hemp THC high. Either way, inhalation methods, like from Delta-11 flower or vapes, is a great way to ease into a THC dose since you can stack small doses every few minutes until you reach your desired effects.

Are Delta-11 Vapes Safe?

In general, vape cart safety isn't black or white. There are multiple contributing factors that affect the safety of vape products, and especially hemp vape products.

Primarily, the safety of your Delta-11-THC vape pen has a lot to do with the way it's made. That includes the actual materials used to make the vape tank, and the ingredients used to make the vape oil formula.

We’ll talk about both:

Vape Cart Ingredients

There's been plenty of speculation about whether vape carts are safe in general, and some research that compares the effects of smoking and vaping suggests that vaping can have a similar negative impact on lung health.

However, the majority of negative claims involve nicotine vapes and other products used to replace cigarettes. These products have very different ingredients than a high quality Delta-11-THC vape oil should contain.

There has also been some negative press surrounding cannabis vaporizers in the past, but these reports also often point towards the formula as the primary issue. For instance, cannabis vaporizers containing synthetic cannabinoids have been known to cause adverse reactions that in some cases led to hospitalization.

In almost all instances, synthetic cannabinoids are considered unsafe and illegal, except for some FDA approved pharmaceuticals.

The vape community also speculates that another ingredient commonly found in vape oil—propylene glycol (PG)—may make vaporizers unsafe.

Propylene glycol is widely considered safe as a food additive and is FDA approved for many uses, but is thought to turn into a noxious gas when heated to high temperatures. There's currently very little evidence available to confirm or deny the possible harms of inhaling heated propylene glycol, but many brands have moved away from the use of PG in vape products anyways.

A Note About Delta-11 Formulas

It is important to note that many Delta-11 formulas also include other cannabinoids. In many cases, you’ll see Delta-11 in blends that contain Delta-8, Delta-10, HHC, THC-O or other hemp-derived cannabinoids. Keep in mind that the exact formula and ratio of cannabinoids will affect the potency and effects you experience.

For instance, Delta-10 is a milder, more uplifting cannabinoid. It may be paired with Delta-11 to create a medium-strength buzz that offers hybrid-like effects, somewhere between buzzy and energizing and relaxing or sedating. THC-O, on the other hand, is just as potent, but is more energizing than Delta-11, so they may couple together to create a potent, lively high.

You’ll need to make sure that you look at the full picture before purchasing a Delta-11 product. You should be able to easily identify whether a product is made entirely from Delta 11 or contains other cannabinoids by looking at the cannabinoid content on the label. You should Factor this information and when deciding on a dosage.

You should also make sure that all of the cannabinoids and additives used in the Delta-11 formula are derived from legal hemp sources. The overall Delta-9-THC content in a Delta-11 product must remain below 0.3%.

Vape Cart Materials

The materials used to make the actual cartridge and heating elements are extremely important as well. For instance, low-quality cartridges may:

  • Be made of plastic, which can off-gas, absorb terpenes and other elements from the hemp oil, and overall alter the vaping experience.
  • have loose-fitting gaskets that leak, which can be wasteful and costly
  • have pre-moistened wicks that may have been primed with a chemical like propylene glycol, which can cause allergic reactions or other adverse effects in some people.

Alternately, high-quality cartridges should:

  • Be made of premium, heat-resistance materials, such as glass, metal (like stainless steel), and ceramic.
  • Have properly fitted gaskets that don’t leak or allow air to contaminate the hemp oil inside.
A woman holding a yellow disposable Delta-11-THC vape

Conclusion: Are Delta-11 Carts Safe to Smoke?

We'll put it frankly: Smoking or vaping anything carries some level of risk.

Still, adverse reactions to vaping have generally been linked to cheap formulas, synthetic ingredients, or other potentially dangerous additives.

To stay safe, you should stay away from vaporizers made from low-quality materials like plastic, and instead opt for cartridges made from glass, ceramic, and other premium heat-resistant materials.

You should also thoroughly review the Delta-11-THC vape cart before you buy to ensure that it's made from legal, high-quality hemp. You want a vaporizer that does not contain synthetic cannabinoids or unnecessary additives. There are many hemp vaporizers on the market that contain only simple ingredients like natural hemp cannabinoids, terpenes, and safe carrier oils.

A high-quality hemp brand will always offer third-party test results with their products. They should also be willing to divulge the full ingredients list and the origin of their hemp material. Choosing a high-quality vaporizer that is free of risky additives and synthetic materials is the best way to ensure that your Delta-11-THC carts are safe.

How to Safely Use Delta-11-THC Vape Carts

After you’ve chosen a high-quality Delta-10-THC vape cart, there are some basic usage guidelines that can help keep you safe. Because Delta-11-THC is highly psychoactive, it’s important (especially for inexperienced users) to dose slowly and see how you feel before stacking on more doses.

Vaporizers are especially convenient for “feeling out” the Delta-11-THC experience because they take effect quickly. You should begin to feel the effects a few minutes after you exhale. The effects will peak after no more than 10 minutes, and then you can safely decide if you want to indulge in another dose. Keep in mind that a hemp-THC high will last for several hours.

Delta-11 is thought to be nearly three times as potent as traditional THC, so you should definitely take it slow and stack on a small dose at a time. Be sure to allow plenty of time for Delta-11 to kick in before deciding to dose again.

Use this slow-dosing technique every time you change formulas, too. Different formulas may be more or less potent, or could contain different terpenes that change the dosing experience. In short, just dose slowly and with intention to help ensure a positive, safe Delta-11 experience.

To learn more, you may want to read “How Much Delta-11 Should I Take?

Where to Buy Safe Delta-11-THC Carts Online

While we’re throwing out truths about Delta-11-THC vape cart safety, here’s another: The U.S. hemp market is still mostly unregulated. That means you need to be super careful when you buy Delta-11-THC carts online or in stores.

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Resources

  1. “Spiked vapes and emergency room visits reveal dark side of CBD craze” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/09/16/vaping-lung-illness-cbd-cheap-synthetic-marijuana-used-sub/2339545001/
  2. “Formaldehyde Vapor Concentration in Electronic Cigarettes and Health Complaints of Electronic Cigarettes Smokers in Indonesia” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6076960/#:~:text=Formaldehyde%20is%20known%20as%20a%20result%20of%20the%20degradation%20products,of%20evaporation%20and%20incomplete%20combustion.&text=When%20propylene%20glycol%20is%20heated,known%20as%20carcinogen%20%5B11%5D.
  3. “An efficient new cannabinoid antiemetic in pediatric oncology” http://www.druglibrary.net/olsen/HEMP/IHA/iha02210.html

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