Vape pens have risen to the fore as the most portable, convenient, and potent way to use THC and other cannabinoids on the go. Available in one-piece pens and disposable carts, THC vape pens are just as popular in California as they are anywhere else, and the Golden State’s diverse cannabis market has given rise to some of the world’s best THC pens.

Let’s explore the best THC vape pens California has to offer — broken down into all-in-one pens and cartridges.

Best vape pens in California

Let’s start with the disposable vape pens — that’s THC vape products that combine the battery and cartridge into a single unit.

1. Alien Labs Atomic Apple Disposable Vape Pen

  • Score: 4.8
  • Effects: Powerful relaxing & focused effects
  • Available in: Los Angeles
  • Good for: Relaxing, socializing
  • Potency: 500mg disposable pen
  • Convenience: 5/5
  • Flavor/aroma: 5/5
  • Activation time: Instant
  • Price: 4/5
  • Best dosage: One big pull every 30 minutes
  • Ideal user: Heavy THC users who want to vape at home

About the product

Far too brightly colored to be a discreet vape, this Alien Labs disposable pen is nonetheless a great THC vape to enjoy at home. If you’re not buying a disposable vape pen for convenience, though, why all the waste?

2. Dosist Arouse Vape Pen THC-Plus 250mg

  • Score: 4.2
  • Effects: Focused, euphoric effects with minimal pain relief
  • Available in: LA, Spokane, Chicago
  • Good for: Concentration, arousal
  • Potency: 2.5mg THC per puff
  • Convenience: 5/5
  • Flavor/aroma: 4/5
  • Activation time: Instant
  • Price: 3/5
  • Best dosage: Enjoy a 2.5mg hit of THC whenever the mood strikes
  • Ideal user: Consistent THC puffers who don’t want to use too much

About the product

Dosist has already become something like the Apple of weed. With placement practically everywhere recreational cannabis has been legalized, it’s easy to find Dosist’s recognizable line of carefully dosed pens in dispensaries around the country. We like Dosist pens, but they’re undeniably gimmicky.

3. Torch Hybrid Disposable Vape Pen

  • Score: 4.2
  • Effects: Strong sativa effects
  • Available in: Los Angeles
  • Good for: Relaxing and socializing
  • Potency: 500mg cartridge
  • Convenience: 5/5
  • Flavor/aroma: 3/5
  • Activation time: 5/5
  • Price: 4/5
  • Best dosage: 1-2 pulls per hour
  • Ideal user: On-the-go vapers who like sweet-tasting vapes

About the product

This pen from Torch is clearly oriented toward casual, female cannabis users. You don’t have to charge it or handle any finicky pods: Just stick the pen in your mouth, and inhale. It’s fine as far as these things go, but the Torch Hybrid Disposable Vape Pen might disappoint cannabis vape connoisseurs.

Best vape carts in California

Ready for Level 2? Vape carts are a little bit trickier, but they’re more rewarding for patient and experienced cannabis connoisseurs.

1. ABX Sour Diesel Vape Cart 500mg

  • Score: 4.6
  • Effects: Potent sativa-hybrid vape
  • Available in: Los Angeles
  • Good for: Blissful, energetic vibes
  • Potency: 500mg THC per cartridge
  • Convenience: 5/5
  • Flavor/aroma: 4/5
  • Activation time: Instant
  • Price: 4/5
  • Best dosage: Take a puff every 1-2 hours
  • Ideal user: Experienced cannabis vapers who love Sour Diesel

About the product

Sour Diesel is a killer strain, and ABX pulls it off excellently with this disposable vape cartridge. We only weren’t blissed-out about the flavor of the cartridge, which was a little bit rough, and its price, which was a little bit high.

2. Select Elite Platinum Kush Vape Cartridge

  • Score: 4.6
  • Effects: Potent hybrid effects
  • Available in: Los Angeles
  • Good for: Zoning out, sleeping, passing out on the couch
  • Potency: 1g cartridge, 100 puffs per cartridge
  • Convenience: 5/5
  • Flavor/aroma: 4/5
  • Activation time: Instant
  • Price: 4/5
  • Best dosage: 2-3 puffs per session
  • Ideal user: Veteran vapers who want high-potency

About the product

Select is known around the country as one of the most precise and successful producers of high-potency vape concentrates. This brand’s Elite line lives up to the name, and we found our Select Elite Platinum Kush Vape Cartridge to be positively aristocratic, all the way to the price.

3. Moxie King’s Kush Live Resin Vape Cartridge

  • Score: 4.4
  • Effects: Powerful focused and euphoric effects
  • Available in: Los Angeles
  • Good for: Relaxation, potent but short high
  • Potency: 500mg cartridge
  • Convenience: 5/5
  • Flavor/aroma: 4/5
  • Activation time: Instant
  • Price: 4/5
  • Best dosage: 2-3 puffs every 3-4 hours
  • Ideal user: Existing THC vapers who don’t mind paying more for quality

About the product

Moxie is another contender for the title of California’s best homegrown high-grade THC vape producer. We liked this King’s Kush vape cartridge, but both its effects and flavor weren’t exactly what we’ve come to expect from live resin.

Best vape in Cali FAQ

Let’s deepen our knowledge about the best vapes in Cali:

Can you buy vape pens in California?

Yes, if you are over 21 years old in the state of California, you can buy THC vape pens at recreational cannabis dispensaries. It’s legal to possess reasonable quantities of vape concentrate as an adult in the Golden State, indicating that the Golden Age of vaping weed has finally arrived on the Pacific Coast.

Which cart has the most THC?

Most high-potency vape cartridges contain 1000-1200mg THC. The potency of your cartridge, however, doesn’t necessarily translate into the potency of the hit — try upping the temperature on your pen if you want to experience more intense hits. Or, face the inevitable, and recognize that a vape pen’s tiny coil will never deliver the full, intense rush of a bonafide dab.

Is Raw Garden live resin?

Yes, the California cannabis producer Raw Garden has distinguished itself as being one of the state’s best producers of live resin vape pods. Preserving the intensity of terpenes in full bloom, live resin also enhances the cannabis experience via the entourage effect.

Check out our review of Raw Garden’s Lemonberry Live Resin PAX Era Pod to get an idea of what this brand has to offer. Stay tuned for an upcoming guide to THC vape pods.