The rising popularity of Delta-8 THC, the cannabinoid, not to be confused with the Delta Covid variant, continues to sweep the nation. After testing seven of the best Delta-8 THC carts currently available, some of the research has me feeling like maybe the Delta Covid variant isn’t the most dangerous Delta around.
These are the best delta-8 THC cartridges we tested and recommend, ranked in order:
The Delta-8 craze currently rippling through the cannabis community has similar vibes to the early Four Loko days, a time when we were consuming something totally legal but deep down all questioned that legality. Delta-8 THC, being a hemp derivative, falls under the protection of the 2018 Farmers Bill and remains mostly legal, despite having psychoactive effects that can mimic a marijuana high. This legal loophole helped hold the floodgates open and now Delta-8 products spill into the market at an alarming rate, each one trying to capitalize on a rapidly growing market. With this desire to quickly meet a growing demand, corners can be cut and it’s important to do your own research on the quality of the products you’re consuming.
Vape cartridges, if we’re putting them up against flower or edibles, tend to be some of the most scrutinized on the market for their quality and contents. Fully knowing what’s inside your vape cartridge can often feel like guessing how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie-pop. The world, and us, may never know. That’s why, when asked to review and rank some of the most popular Delta-8 THC vape cartridges currently available, quality certifications and lab results factored heavily into the ranking system. At the end of the day, sustained health will always beat a quick high.
36 Delta-8 carts were considered for this list. After contacting the companies and being sent products, we narrowed it down to seven different vape cartridges to test. Over the course of the past two weeks I’ve researched, sampled and re-sampled all seven of these products. Each company’s quality and lab tested COA (certificate of analysis) factored heavily into the ranking, while effectiveness, flavor and value rounded out the grading scale. Based on looks alone, I was shocked that D8 came out as the top brand. But sometimes you can’t judge a book by its plain cardboard cover.
The hemp crown sits upon D8’s head. Deep relaxation, flavor reminiscent of a favorite childhood candy, more affordable than its counterparts and an up-to-date, easy to find, five page COA made this cart the clear champion.
Complete COA with detailed lab analysis
Anxiety relief and aided relaxation
Basic packaging for a standout product
Effects felt: Calming, focused
Good for: All day use, relaxation, anxiety relief
Bad for: Those with higher tolerance
Is the cart tested for pesticides, solvents, and Vitamin E Acetate? Yes, all the carts have been fully tested, see the COA.
The Score: 8.5
I won’t lie, upon first glance I didn’t think this company had a chance to win. The packaging was mostly unappealing and, seeing as they sell Delta-8 THC and named themselves Delta-8, I was worried this product would be more of a gimmick than anything. I couldn’t have been more wrong, D8 deserves the namesake.
Metallic artwork tries to spruce up a basic black cardboard box, the contents of that box deserving of a much better encasement. Inside sits a plastic tube holding the vape cartridge. It hurts to see companies in 2021 still using plastic but grandma always said, “Nobody is perfect.” Moving past the packaging imperfections, we find a product that produces no further complaints.
Consumed in the evening on a full stomach, the flavor replicated gushers in a way that had me feeling like I just ate them. I even looked down at my hands to make sure I didn’t have sticky gusher juice on them. Within five minutes a noticeable relaxation started to settle in my eyes, the swaying of the trees became hypnotic and the stresses of the day seemingly evaporated into nothingness. This cart offered a genuine reprieve from anxiety.
I also tested it the following week on an empty stomach in the morning, positive effects were felt again. Immediate relaxation coupled with sustained focus made this equally enjoyable as a morning smoke. For those needing something at all hours to dull the sharp blade of life, this is the Delta-8 cart I would recommend. At $29.99 per 800mg cart and detailed five page COA’s accompanying each strain, D8 is currently the can’t miss product in the 2021 Delta-8 craze.
Tied for first:
#2. Plain Jane Pineapple Express Delta-8 Cartridge
The most professional looking product in the group, from packaging to the actual cartridge itself, Plain Jane is one of the most affordable and potent Delta-8 vapes available. Its lack of flavor and difficulty in finding a clearly listed COA (without having to personally reach out to the company) are the only two things holding this cart back.
Standout packaging, nicest of the bunch for me
Cheapest and most potent
A massive mood lifter
Smoothe and easy on the lungs
Lack of flavor
Unclear COA on website, had to email them and get copies
Effects felt: Completely uplifted, noticeable happiness, energy boosts with each pull
Good for: Energy boost, working out, needing to get a paper done
Bad for: Nighttime, too much energy
Is the cart tested for pesticides and solvents? Yes, but only one of the strains (Mango) is tested for impurities, see the COA.
The Score: 8.5
They call themselves Plain Jane yet stand out from almost every other cart on this list. Starting with their packaging; the sleek orange box with white and green trim features a release button that slides open to reveal a unique looking cart with an all-black mouthpiece. Clearly labeled and well designed, you find yourself trusting Plain Jane before even smoking because of the professionalism they bring to their aesthetic.
Tested in the morning after eating breakfast, the first few pulls shocked me. There’s almost no flavor whatsoever to this cart. You get the very light feeling of vapor being in your mouth but outside of that it’s almost impossible to tell you’re smoking. Though some enjoy flavor to their vapes and will be disappointed in that regard, the lack of flavor is accompanied with absolutely no aftertaste which is a benefit to everyone.
It took all of six minutes for me to start to notice a minor relaxation creeping into my peripherals. Within 15 minutes I was feeling the most potent Delta-8 high I’ve felt so far. This was the last cart to arrive and the last to get tested which means it had six others ahead of it, Plain Jane easily took down each one as the high progressed. Pineapple Express is a sativa-dominant hybrid and those uplifting effects were certainly felt with this cart. I caught myself smiling ear-to-ear on numerous occasions, nothing provoking the smile outside of the deep relaxation I was feeling.
Between the elite packaging and next-level effects, I was surprised to see this cart cost only $29.99. Their one downfall is a lack of a clear COA listed on their website. I had to contact Plain Jane to be sent COA’s and lab-results, even then it wasn’t incredibly clear. However, they show good test results for metals and pesticides and were very receptive to my questions, but making it easier for the consumer with a clear listing on their website would be ideal.
The smoothest of all the vapes smoked, Secret Nature Artisan CBD delivers a product that sits comfortably in the number three ranking. Producing a more potent high than first place D8, Secret Nature’s lack of a detailed COA is the only thing holding this company back from taking one of the top spots.
Good for: Outdoor activities, creative projects, pain relief
Bad for: Helping with sleep
Is the cart tested for pesticides and solvents? No, no COA is available for this cart.
The Score: 7
A simple black rectangular box with fancy gold font welcomes you to Secret Nature Artisan CBD. The fact that vape cartridges sit inside this box is shocking, it looks like it could house a bar of soap for royalty or an elite magicians playing cards. Sliding open the box reveals a plastic bag with a cartridge, supplying a smoother smoke than any of the other six listed here, tucked inside.
I tested this cart in the afternoon on a full stomach and a sober mind. I’d run earlier in the day and noticed my aches and pains slowly drifting away after a few pulls. It didn’t take long for this cart to produce a buzz in the head that was noticeably more potent than any hemp-based product I’ve tried before. This buzz quickly transitioned to a focused, excited energy, and I felt the Sativa side to this hybrid kick in. My head felt relaxed but my body felt ready to move, an ideal middle ground of flow. As the day progressed and the energy dwindled, the calming head high remained, taking up space in the guest room of my brain and putting on the no-vacancy sign for anxiety passing by.
My only issue with this product is the COA provided by Secret Nature. The packaging itself says the cartridge has been tested by Greenleaf Labs and passed; however, a sticker saying your company passed can be printed by anyone. Secret Nature’s website doesn’t provide any COA and the company didn’t respond to an email requesting the lab results. Greenleaf Labs doesn’t provide a service where you can type in a sample ID number and get the results, thus there’s no actual way of knowing what’s currently inside this cart. Tracking down the COA of what you’re smoking shouldn’t leave you feeling like Liam Neeson in Taken. If you’re going to pay $40 for a cartridge you should at least be able to see what’s inside that cartridge. Until Secret Nature provides a detailed lab report, they will remain outsiders looking in to the top spot.
Though my experience with MoonWLKR wasn’t positive, its flavor and in-depth lab reports are enough to move it to the front half of this list. For me, very little potency was felt. Instead, migraines plagued the hours following each test of this cartridge.
Provides detailed lab reports
Sweet, fruity flavor
Personally gave me headaches
Less potent than competitors
Effects felt: Minimal calmness, severe migraines
Good for: Brief calmness, those seeking less potent paths
Bad for: Higher tolerance smokers, those predisposition to headaches
Is the cart tested for pesticides and solvents? Yes, all the carts have been fully tested, see the COA.
The Score: 6.25
This is the part of the list where things fall apart. D8, Plain Jane, and Secret Nature stood out as the strongest, the remaining companies all offer products that blend together for one bad reason or another.
MoonWLKR offers simple, yet inviting packaging. The assorted purple colors covering the matte cardboard box match the grape flavor waiting to be unmasked. That flavor so perfectly recreates the candy taste this strain is named after. Unfortunately, flavor was one of the only highlights MoonWLKR provided. At best, minor relaxation is the most one can expect from this cartridge. At worst, one can expect splitting migraines. That’s what happened to me.
Shortly after smoking this cartridge for the first time, in the afternoon and on a full stomach, a sharp pain started penetrating my skull. That pain turned to headache, that headache turned to migraine, and that migraine camped out for the remainder of the day. Giving myself a chance to feel better, I took the following day off from testing cartridges. The day after, when my headache was gone, I gave MoonWLKR another chance. The migraine returned almost immediately, clearly I’m not meant to get along with this product. Though it has a detailed COA from a reputable lab, you’re better off not spending $39.99 on MoonWLKR delta-8 carts when cheaper and cleaner options are available.
Effects felt: Tiredness and relaxation, enhanced comfort of my bed
Good for: Before bed, helping you fall asleep, easing anxiety
Bad for: All day use, those on a budget
Is the cart tested for pesticides and solvents? No, only tested for potency, see the COA.
The Score: 5.75
Botany Farms produces an array of high end CBD and hemp-based products. For this review however, Botany Farms’ price tag is the main reason they’ve landed themselves near the bottom half of the list. If you’re going to charge $50 for a hemp-based cartridge, it better be the best damn cartridge available. Though Botany provides a product that excels in both flavor and sleep enhancement, it is the only cart of the seven tested to become dysfunctional. Kept in the same conditions as all the other vape carts, within two weeks the insides turned to a sludge that was so thick no device could burn it. A $50 price tag is way too high for a cart that can’t sustain in the same conditions as a $29.99 cartridge.
A COA was not available on their website but upon request Botany Farms emailed me lab results for the strength of the cartridge, as well as lab tests for the distillate used. Though not as detailed as other COA’s it does appear to pass all necessary inspections. In terms of potency however, this cart falls way below its competitors with only 37.8% Delta-8 THC in the vape. If you’re in the mood to sample a bunch of carts and have the financial means, go ahead and give this one a shot. If not, and you’re on a budget, there’s cheaper and far more effective options available in the Delta-8 landscape. Botany Farms offers gummies that are far more potent than their cartridges. I’d recommend going that route. See the full Botany Farms review.
NOTE: Upon further review, the COA Botany passed along for the live resin cart shows the word, “Edible,” in the corner of the results. It would be impossible to tell if the lab report is actually for this cartridge.
Good for: Mood lift, recreational activities, all day
Bad for: Those looking to know what they’re putting in their body
Is the cart tested for pesticides and solvents? Yes, all the carts have been tested, see the COA.
The Score: 5.25
No frills is the term I can best use to describe Delta Effex. Offering three samples for consideration, each unappealing cardboard box was thrown into a single bubble-mailer, by the time they arrived one box was crushed and the other two were partially open due to the lack of thought put into packaging and shipping. Each cardboard box has their logo, information and artwork printed on. These prints are an OCD person’s biggest nightmare, each had some varying misprint and none of the text seemed to align correctly. This is a product that quite literally looks thrown together like a last minute middle-school project.
Removing the cart didn’t lead to a much better experience, clearly leaking after being thrown around in travel, the bottom of the cart and the cart itself had similar sticky textures to that of a table at Denny’s after a busy breakfast rush. Despite the leak, the cart was still able to function and did leave me feeling excessively happy, motivated and relaxed. The flavor is sweet and nostalgic as it tastes just like the old PEZ candy, except this time the dispenser isn’t a beloved cartoon, it’s a potent hemp distillate.
Effectiveness was Delta Effex’s strongest attribute, potency acted quickly and lasted for a prolonged period. It was the type of buzz where you just put your head back and smile, taking in all the relaxation currently being offered. That relaxation quickly fades when starting to dig into Delta Effex COA’s for their Blue Dream cart. Of every cart they sell, and there’s a smorgasbord of strains, Blue Dream is the only strain to not have a matching COA. The linked lab results for Blue Dream open to a totally different strain, their website does not have any paperwork on the Blue Dream strain. And that worries me because though they may be within legal standards, it doesn’t take long to see all of the cartridges on their website have tested positive for trace amounts of at least one heavy metal. Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and Arsenic have all been found within Delta Effex delta-8 THC cartridges. Even if under the legal limit, it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid ingesting heavy metals whenever possible. Each cartridge costs $39.99 which, though in the competitive range, still seems like a lot to pay to be a science experiment for dangerous materials.
NOTE: After contacting Delta Effex to get the matching Blue Dream COA, not only did they pass it along to us, but they also corrected the website to display it. Like the others it shows low traces (below Limit of Quantification) of heavy metals, it’s up to you to decide if you’d like to take the chance.
Good for: Those seeking minimal psychoactive effects
Bad for: High potency, those who enjoy good tasting flavors
Is the cart tested for pesticides and solvents? Yes, but only the base extract is tested for impurities, not each individual strain, see the COA.
The Score: 2
This was the first time I tried a product and knew it would fall right to the bottom of the rankings. I hated Elyxr D8 cart the second I saw the sample they sent me. Their packaging is two clunky plastic pieces that hold a cartridge surrounded by foam. The labeling is two stickers that go on the front and back of the plastic pieces, of those two stickers, the front one was placed completely incorrectly. If all your packaging requires is the placing of a sticker and you can’t even do that correctly, I’m not going to trust your product.
I sampled Elyxr’s Straw Jack sativa D8 cart in the morning on an empty stomach giving it the best chance to show its effects. The strawberry flavor fades almost immediately and a generic cart taste takes over, the taste is so bad that it makes you think, “Maybe this isn’t a high quality product I’m smoking.” As if the initial taste wasn’t bad enough, this cart supplied an aftertaste that stayed for hours. I genuinely felt no effects from this cartridge, I kept taking extra pulls thinking maybe it was my tolerance but nothing ever happened. It’s priced competitively at $29.99 but that’s the only competitive thing about it. Elyxr offers only half a COA for this cart, they have the lab results that show the cannabinoid strength but not the matching pesticide and heavy metal tests. The pesticide and heavy metal testing listed on their website is the same one they use for all their D8 carts, there’s no actual way of telling what strain it’s for. When emailed for a more specific lab result, Elyxr was not able to produce one.
Delta-8 carts considered but not included:
Though many more companies exist, it’s impossible to test each one. Other delta-8 THC vape cartridges were considered but, on paper, it seemed they lacked either presentation, quality or competitive pricing. The companies selected were ones that seemed credible, affordable and professional. Hopefully as more samples come in the list can be updated as I have a chance to try each one.
A California based company, Koi offers a wide range of Delta-8 THC and CBD products. Even your dog can feel a bit more relaxed with their CBD doggie treats. Koi offers full traceability on the origin of their products with in-depth lab results to back it up.
Offering a small selection, Just Delta, made by the parent company JustCBD, has only two Delta-8 gummies and three cartridges available. Based in Florida, this company offers no COAs for their cartridges but lures folks in with cheap pricing.
Producing only Delta-8 products, Area 52 welcomes you with a fancy website and ridiculous prices. Cartridges cost $65 while providing no actual information on the contents or lab results of their products.
Another company dealing only in Delta-8 THC, Eighty Six offers gummies and cartridges for those looking for affordable options. Lab Results, though some show concerning reports, are available for each product.
CBD Living, a company most famous for its CBD infused water, has now entered the Delta-8 market. Offering a wider selection than most of its competitors, CBD Living is selling Delta-8 gummies, cartridges, topicals and beverages. Most of their products come with a COA but quite a few are missing.
Countless D8 products over multiple mediums makes 3Chi a versatile option for all smokers. Both affordable and with trusted lab results, this company is one worth moving to the front of your, “To try,” list.
Another affordable option with multiple products including Delta-8 cookies and rice crispies, Skyhio gives consumers a break from the normal Delta-8 THC products. COAs are also found for the majority of items for sale.
Selling both CBD and Delta-8, Viia is a San Diego based company with products ranging from roll-on topicals to Delta-8 + CBN cartridges for better sleep. Great lab results are a common occurrence with this company.
Started in Austin, Texas, Hometown Hero is a Delta-8, CBD and CBG company that donates to Veterans with each bottle sold. In 2020, they donated $25,000 to the Texas VFW and Disabled American Veterans. Their Delta-8 THC products include gummies, flower, concentrates, topicals and tinctures. They used to carry D8 carts but they no longer offer them on their site.
Why trust us
Three weeks were spent meticulously researching and testing the Delta-8 THC vape cartridges featured on this list. They were tested under similar conditions, multiple times, to assure each was given a fair chance to prove their worth. I’m an avid cannabis user, journalist and comedian with a decent following in the weed world. Knowing folks sometimes listen to what I say, I assure each review is done with the utmost care and concern for the consumer. If I don’t like something, I have no problem saying it. I’d rather be harsh with a company than lead a smoker to an unsafe product.
Who this is for
Delta-8 is a good alternative for those not wanting the full psychoactive effects of marijuana (delta-9). It’s like stoned-light, a very functional and non-couchlocking high. Delta-8 THC is ideal for those looking to tame their anxiety and deal with minor aches and pains. Certain strains can aid sleep while others will help you feel locked in throughout the day.
How we picked and tested the best delta-8 THC cartridges
Over 30 Delta-8 THC cartridges were considered in the early stages of putting together this list. After contacting the companies, doing further research and being sent products, we narrowed it down to 8 different cartridges to test. Of those eight, seven have arrived and have been tested. This delta-8 carts review will be updated when the last vape, Arete Hemp, arrives.
Testing of the seven cartridges occurred over the course of two weeks. All were smoked under similar circumstances to provide the most accurate details, if I felt a cart provided minimal effects I re-tested it a few days later to give it another chance. All times of the day were utilized for each cart to see where they can best fit into your daily routines. Ratings of each product were based on effectiveness, flavor, extract quality and value.
As the reviewer it’s important for me to disclose that I do have a higher tolerance, my days are usually filled with joints and edibles. I’m an active stoner, known for getting high and going for runs. I like to utilize cannabis in all areas of life and at all times. But, high tolerance or not, Delta-8 THC will still provide effects that even the most experienced cannabis user can feel.
Do delta-8 THC vape cartridges get you high?
Yes, Delta-8 THC vape carts do get you high, but expect a much lighter high than your average edible, joint or dab. This high will feel similar to that of Delta-9, the THC most are accustomed to, but with much less brain fog and paranoia. Clear-headedness, relaxation and anxiety relief are some of the common effects Delta-8 smokers experience. For me, four to six pulls seemed to have lasting effects totaling an hour in length. The buzz seems to start in the head and creep to the body, if you have aches and pains you’ll enjoy minor relief with Delta-8 as well.
How much do delta-8 THC cartridges cost?
$37.14 is the average cost of the seven delta-8 carts reviewed thus far, each cart tends to be a gram. The best delta-8 cart reviewed, D8, cost $29.99 so I’m going to list that as a good value. If the best tested can be sold for below the average price, the others can work their way down or allow customers to find cheaper alternatives.
What to do if your delta-8 vape cart crystalizes?
Sometimes Delta-8 THC vape cartridges can crystallize if the full spectrum blend contains a CBD distillate. This CBD can crystallize causing a clogged cart. Users seem to say the best hack to solving this problem is running a hairdryer over the cart before using. Others say to put the cart in a plastic baggie and run it under hot water. Using a vape that has a pre-heat option can also help avoid this issue.
What kind of battery do you need to vape these cartridges?
For these tests I used a CCELL Palm Battery, though not designed specifically for 510 threads it was still compatible. I did however notice it taking excessively long times to heat some of these vapes. Getting a reliable 510 thread battery would better suit Delta-8 carts. Some of these companies utilize CBD, CBN and CBG in the distillates, these have the ability to crystallize so having a proper battery will better break up this crystallization. The best results require the right gear, invest in your high.
Are delta-8 THC carts legal to buy online?
Delta-8 THC carts are legal to buy in 39 states; Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Although Delta-8 THC is legal at the federal level, 11 state laws forbid its sale and/or use. It is currently illegal to possess in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.
It’s impossible to say all Delta-8 carts are safe and it’s impossible to say all Delta-8 carts are unsafe. Due diligence must be done on your end, as the consumer, to best make sure the product you’re purchasing is safe. Many companies trying to make a quick profit will flood this wildly expanding market, not all of them will have your best interests at heart. Go to their websites and search for a COA with detailed lab reports, if you can’t find one don’t be afraid to email a company and request one for the specific strain you’re thinking of getting. Make sure the lab reports match the strain name, make sure it has tests for pesticides, heavy metals, and Vitamin E Acetate as well, not just the cannabinoid strength. If a product has adverse effects, discontinue its use immediately.
As the popularity of Delta-8 THC increases so does the number of companies flooding the market with products. This desire to quickly produce and meet growing demands can often lead to lapses in quality. Delta-8, when from a reputable brand, can have magnificent daily effects that ease body aches, soothe anxiety and enhance sleep.
Finding a company you can trust is worth the time, cannabis users of all levels should experience the positive effects Delta-8 can offer. We spent weeks testing, analyzing, comparing, and reviewing the best delta-8 cartridges to make the process easier for you. If you’re looking for gummies, flower, and tinctures, we have a list of recommendations for the best delta-8 THC products, best delta-8 gummies, and best delta-8 flower that you can buy online.
Disclaimer: In order to test, compare, and review the best delta-8 carts, products were sent to me, the reviewer, after CBD Oracle reached out to each company. I had no personal contact outside of emailed requests for COA’s and lab results. Sometimes I develop relationships on social media with companies I review, they’ll follow me and vice-versa, none of those companies are present in this delta-8 cart review. This was all truthful, honest and not paid for by any Delta-8 company.