August 6, 2021

How To Deal With a Clogged Delta-8 THC Vape Cartridge

It happens to all of us Delta-8 THC vape lovers out there. It’s Friday afternoon. You’ve just walked into the house after a long week at work — you know the kind. Your boss yelled at you, you worked late every day, you lost a big client, but somehow you managed to pull it all out at the end and not get fired. And now — well, now you just want to chill out and relax with some Delta-8. You’re tired, and gosh darn it, you deserve it.

And then you go for your very first puff… and your Delta-8 vape cartridge is clogged!

It can’t be. This isn’t fair! What did I do to deserve this — on this week of all weeks? Worse still, it’s your last cartridge, and your new shipment isn’t coming in until the morning. Welp, guess that’s another evening ruined.

But not so fast. Because a clogged vape cartridge, whether it’s Delta-8, Delta-10, CBD, or some other cannabinoid, is actually a common occurrence. And better yet, it’s easily fixed. While all Diamond CBD brands are made of the highest quality and do, for the most part, resist even the harshest elements — including your clumsy friends — things do happen. We all have to deal with clogs every once in a while.

Temperature and, of course, humidity can significantly affect your Delta-8 vape cartridge, as well as various other factors. Even if the problem is a flooded tank, all hope is not lost. Some solutions can help to recover your tank and your buzz, rescuing your Friday night so you can forget all about the terrible week you had at work.

The good news? Here at Diamond CBD, we’re not only experts when it comes to Delta-8 THC, but we're also tech experts. We’re going to help you break down and pinpoint everything that might be wrong with your vape tank and show you precisely what you need to do to get things back on track.

Because we understand that you don’t want to spend your Friday night drowning your sorrows in cookies and milk — at least not before you’ve had a few puffs of Delta-8 THC!

Why Is My Delta-8 THC Vape Cartridge Clogged?

The last thing anyone wants from their Delta-8 THC vape cartridge is performance issues, but believe us, it happens to everyone at some point. Even the best Delta-8 THC, whether it’s 10X, Liquid Gold, Chill Plus, or even Hyper Delta-10, can suffer from some kind of electronic dysfunction or clogging. It’s very — very rare, but it does happen.

But why? What makes a vape cartridge clog? Is it a user error? A faulty cartridge? Outside factors?

The truth is, it’s a little of everything.  

But simply put, a clogged Delta-8 THC vape cartridge is all about the airholes. “Vape pen cartridges can become clogged when the tiny airflow holes get blocked with oily residue after use,” writes WeedMaps. “If the airflow holes aren't the source of the clog, there could be something blocking the mouthpiece.”

But how do these clogs occur? That is the million-dollar question. Many times heat and humidity are the culprits. While cold temperatures can lead to clogs, heat and humidity affect the viscosity of your vape liquid. When the juice runs into the airholes, you end up with a nasty clog that makes it challenging to puff on your vape cartridge. The easy solution here is for you to control the weather. Unfortunately, no one can do that!

WeedMaps has another answer. “A simple way to fix this is by removing the cartridge from the vape pen, getting a needle, and simply gently poking the needle through the airflow holes until the oily residue is gone,” one of their experts noted. “Important note, though: with disposable vape pen/cart combinations, this isn't always easy because the cartridge doesn't come off unless you use some tools to tinker with it.”

How To Deal With a Clogged Delta-8 THC Vape Cartridge
Sure, these beautiful clouds of Delta-8 vapor make for a great picture, but they might be clogging your rig.

It’s Not the Heat. It’s Those Big Clouds of Vapor Clogging Your Delta-8 Cartridge

Of course, temperature isn’t the only thing keeping you from buzzy dreams of quitting your job and winning the lottery. Sometimes — and listen, we’re not scolding or blaming anyone here — but sometimes it’s those massive clouds of vapor you like to blow. You know the ones; those huge vapor clouds that look like a cumulonimbus blowing through town. Sure, these beautiful clouds of Delta-8 vapor make for a great picture, but they might be clogging your rig.

If you want to blow a big cloud of incredible vapor to impress your friends, we won’t judge. But chances are to do so; you’re taking a massive puff off of your vape cartridge. Here’s the thing, those cartridges weren’t made such… wind tunnels, we’ll call them. 

You need to inhale gently. 

When you inhale with all of your might, you put on a great display of your lung capacity. You probably get a great buzz from all of that Delta-8 THC as well. But, in the end, you're pulling away too much liquid through your vape cartridge, which eventually will cause it to clog. Our advice, keep the cloud shows to a minimum and puff as gently as possible.

Speaking of airflow, many of us tend to screw our Delta-8 vape cartridges on a bit too tight. However, what happens when you do this is that your airholes don’t align properly, blocking proper airflow. We understand you’re worried that your battery might run away, but we promise you it’s not going anywhere.

I guess what we’re trying to say is, sometimes it’s not the cartridge; it’s you.

Is My Delta-8 Cartridge Clogged, Or Is It Just Lost In the Flood?

And then we come to the dreaded flooded tank. The moment when most of us think there’s nothing much that can be done. We toss our Delta-8 on the floor, fall to our knees, and scream out to the gods why, why, why!

Well, we’re here to tell you to get up, clean yourself up, and get to work, Because even if your Delta-8 THC vape cartridge is flooded, there may be something you can do. The buzz has not left the building — not yet, anyway.

But what is a flooded vape tank?

Flooded tanks happen when you don’t fix your clogged vape cartridge. Sometimes you find a workaround that does what it needs to do for a while, but soon the liquid will leak out the bottom of the cartridge, and that’s when you’re really in trouble. Broken or overheated cartridges can also cause this problem.

Many people think this is the end of their rig, but it’s not. It takes a skilled hand, but you can fix it. First things first, clear the airholes as much as possible. When that’s done, use an alcohol swab to clean it even more. Then try to pull air through the cartridge. If that doesn’t work, try turning off the excess oil by pressing your battery button a few seconds at a time.

This process may take some practice, and it's not for the faint at heart. But, if you’re in a bad spot and really need that Delta-8, it can work.

How To Deal With a Clogged Delta-8 THC Vape Cartridge
Even if your Delta-8 THC vape cartridge is flooded, there may be something you can do. The buzz has not left the building — not yet, anyway.

The Key To Success Is Treating Your Delta-8 Vape Cartridge Right

As with all things, to prevent clogging in your cartridge, you want to take care of your Delta-8 THC rig. Store it somewhere that’s room temperature. Don’t pull on it too hard. And if it does clog, don’t allow the problem to fester for too long. 

After all, like all of us, you’re going to happen upon a day when you need that Delta-8, and your vape cartridge may fail you if you don’t treat it right. Should that happen, just listen to WeedMaps, and you can solve the issue.

“If you've checked that the airflow issue isn't related to voltage, wattage, or temperature settings, the cart is likely clogged,” WeedMaps wrote. In that case, “Locate the airflow holes, check if the holes are open, if they appear clogged with residue, gently clean them with a needle or similar object, check whether the holes are being obstructed by any other components of the vape pen (usually by the cart itself), [and] try to assemble your vape in such a way that the airflow holes aren't blocked.”

Oh, and happy vaping!