Here we list the best cartridges for California for 2019. Specifically, THC oil vape cartridges that are prefilled. This list is compiled based on our reviewers who actually used the products. This list will be continuously updated throughout the year as we discover new cartridges and existing companies make better (or worse) products.
The best cartridges in California list
On this best cartridge list we are nor declaring one single winner since there are so many good carts and so many out there. These carts we list are ones that shined above the rest. Additionally, since California is a big state, this list is based on reviews from our reviewers across the state.
Before we did our list we took a look at a few others on the internet. We found that some were done by people that never even tried the cartridges. Pay for play on weed sites is common. Then there’s the issues with WeedMaps reviews. That’s why we made DabConnection: to bring you unbiased info and honest opinions from experienced reviewers. We don’t charge for reviews nor do we allow anyone to pay for a favorable reviews or placement on a list such as this anywhere on our site.
Below we will go through each brand that earned a spot on this list and talk about Stiiizy’s fall from being one of the best in California.
Kurvana ASCND: From the bottom to the top
When we reviewed the original Kurvana cartridge we were disappointed. Kurvana was there before cartridges were strong, so it’s not unexpected that they had an original formula they used for a while that was pretty weak. Then they changed their hardware and formula, relabeling their carts as Kurvana ASCND.
They came back strong with the ASCND and now it’s one the best cartridges filled with THC oil in California. Check out our complete Kurvana ASNCD review for more info.
Airo Pro: Unique hardware and awesome taste
Airo Pro is also available Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Maryland. They are made by Airo Vapor. So keep that Airo Pro battery with you when you travel. It made second place on our Nevada best cartridges list only because it was edged out by Roots cartridges, which are not available in California.
They use proprietary hardware and a vibrating battery that produce great results. The hardware although not denoted is made by CCELL so quality hardware is ensured. Airo Pro makes strong oil that has some of the best flavors. Some have complained that the Airo Pro battery is $35. Check at the dispensary or store you are at if they have the battery without the case, then it’s just $15. Considering how good these hit, it’s worth getting the new battery. See our Airo Pro review for an in depth look at this vape setup.
Jetty Extracts: Clean, strong oil with great taste
The wood tipped cartridge is a nice touch. Their packaging is awesome too, but we judge it based on the actual oil and hardware. With industry veteran Nate working behind the scenes you know they are going to keep coming out with top notch products. He used to run the best downtown San Diego dispensary and he is a true expert in extracts. See our Jetty Extracts cartridge review for more info on their dank carts.
Select Elite: Consistently great on strength
Select Elite is made by Select Oil, originally founded in Washington by Nitin Khanna. A great sounding name for starting a cannabis company. They are now in multiple states including California. You can also find them as a top pick on our best cartridges of Nevada list. Their cartridges are know for being consistently strong. They also have a lot of strains and are available in a lot of places.
Select had one issue we came across. Their packaging claimed 80% THC and in fact it was 86% THC when tested independently. So their stuff is sometimes even better than they say it is! See our oil pen tests page for more info on Select Elite pesticides and solvent tests. In a dispensary and don’t know what to choose? Good chance Select Elite is there and it’s a great choice.
The only change we would like to see on Select Elite is ceramic top carts. Only had one fail on us but it would have been way easier to transfer the oil on a ceramic top CCELL. The plastic tops are very hard to get off, if you can get em off at all. Check out our review on Select Elite cartridges for more info.
Justdab: Mostly in the San Bernadino but they are great if you can find them
Justdab is a smaller company that is not advertised. Their carts are popular in the San Bernadino area and it was recommended by a budtender over Brass Knuckles cartridges. I found one place in Los Angeles that carries their cartridges.
Their extracts are available at more places than their carts. They use good hardware and awesome live resin. Taste and strength are both excellent on Justdab cartridges. At $30 most places they are a great value as well. See our Justdab cart review for more info.
stick e vape: Strong all around and great flavor
stick e vape is made by Tradecraft Farms, a Southern California based cultivator. Their buds are great and so are their cartridges.
Strong and with a great waxy flavor, these are a great pick and they won a High Times award last year. Although our readers put little weight on High Times awards, their cartridges are legit on quality. See our stick e vape review for an in depth look.
Plug Play vape: vFire based with great oil
The pods hit well and Plug Play uses great quality oil in the pods. They used to be labeled as Plug and Play but more recently we are seeing it only labeled as Plug Play. See our Plug Play vape review for an in depth look at this great THC pod system.
Sunday Goods: Little known brand that makes strong vape carts
Intense effects and true to strain flavor, Sunday Goods cartridges are a little more expensive than average for California at $45 a pop, but the quality makes it worth it. Our reviewer picked his up from MedMen San Diego and was impressed with it’s quality.
Sunday Goods carts are available across the state and are a solid choice for someone looking for a good strong cartridge. Check out our Sunday Goods cartridge review for more information.
From the top to the bottom: Stiiizy weakens oil
There’s a ton of other cartridges out there that are great we have not tried and there are others we tried that were not exactly great. Then there’s Stiiizy. It was one of the best THC oil vapes in 2017 and over 2018 they changed their oil to a weaker formula. Advertising for Stiiizy continues heavily now as they maintain the top paid spot for brands on WeedMaps.
Their hardware is made by ALD just like vFire used in the Plug and Play vape. If they could have maintained their 2017 quality it would be listed here as a top vape cart, but for now it is something we would avoid. On top of that, the new generation CCELL cartridges perform better than Stiiizy’s pod setup (or Pax Era’s ) anyway.
Lots of old reviews are still out there
Stiiizy went from a light colored fine distillate to a yellow colored oil that we are not sure how it’s made. The products are still heavily advertised and there are lots of dated and misleading reviews that are based on the old formula. We recently updated our Stiiizy review to reflect the current state of their pods. If you still have some Stiiizy hardware lying around, see our guide on how to refill a Stiiizy pod. The hardware is still great it just needs strong oil added to it. If you have a Stiiizy battery and pod lying around, check out our guide on how to refill a Stiiizy pod.
Wrapping up our Best Cartridges California list…
California has a lot of cartridges to choose from. We hope this list gives you some guidance on great brands if you are looking to pick something up. Things change often with cartridges. New brands come out and existing brands up the quality of their formulas, so we’ll keep updating this page as we go through more THC carts. Sometimes you see cartridges go from good to bad like Stiiizy, or weak to great like Kurvana.