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.

Aces Extracts: Might be the strongest overall

aces extracts vape pen
Aces Extracts’ uses real CCELL hardware.

We recently tried Aces Extracts and even though our review is not up yet, they deserve a spot on this list. Although Aces vape pens might not be heavily advertised, they are heavy on strength. Their Energize vape really does energize you and the flavor is very similar to Kabunky, one of our favorite Nevada brands. The Aces vape we tried was about 80% THC, but effects were stronger than other carts that we tried that tested over 90% THC.

They won some awards from High Times as well, one of them being People’s Choice award in 2018. That’s probably the most important award from High Times, and the only one we care about, since the rest of the first place spots seem to only go to people that spend a lot on advertising with them.

You can learn more about Aces Extracts here.

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.

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Airo Pro requires its own unique battery.

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.

Dime cartridges: Hard hitting, tastes great

With an excellent overall quality, the Dime cartridge is a patented zero-waste atomizer. The distillate is one of the smoothest vapes you’ve had that doesn’t hit hot. The cartridge is an efficient design that doesn’t waste a drop.

dime cartridge

The Dime Industries cartridge is tasty, smooth hitting, and has a quality buzz that makes the cartridge last for weeks. They hit well without being harsh, and is priced reasonably. The oil is almost indistinguishable from super-clean e-juice.

Read the rest of our Dime Industries cart review here.

Eden Extracts: Pricey, but worth it

Eden Cart Tube Open
Eden Extracts carts are really high quality.

The Eden Extracts cartridge was a bit more expensive than most of this list, but well worth it. The cart we reviewed was from their Diamond Line. Quality oil, unique hardware that did not disappoint, and a strong high are some of the reasons Eden Extracts makes this list.

We hope to see this brand in more and more stores in the future. Check out our Eden Extracts review for more info.

Jetty Extracts: Clean, strong oil with great taste

Available up and down the state, Jetty Extracts has tested clean in more than one independent test. They deliver on strength, flavor, and they use authentic CCELL hardware.

Jetty Extracts cartridge
The Jetty Extracts Gold Maui Wowie .5-gram cartridge

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.

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.

justdab cartridge
You might not see it on a WeedMaps ad, but Dino locals know it’s top notch.

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.

Korova Cartridge: Known for edibles, and now carts

korova cartridge review

New to the game of THC oil carts, but been around the cannabis industry in CA for a long time, Korova came out strong. Their carts have excellent strength, use new gen CCELL hardware, and are priced competitively. Considering how long it lasts and how strong it is, the price is a great deal.

Korova is now available in Arizona, California and Nevada. Check out our Korova cartridge review for an in depth look. See Korova’s store locator to find their carts near you.

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.

Kurvana ASCND
The Kurvana ASCND Amnesia Haze .5-gram cartridge and packaging.

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.

Nuvata vape pen: Hard-hitting and delicious

Nuvata vape pens are a recycle-able single-dose pens with a THC distillate. They’re famous for their unique body and bold color scheme which is helpful to neophyte vapers. They use pesticide-free cannabis cultivated throughout California.

Nuvata vape pens

Their high is a force of nature, while their tastes and bold and appealing. The pens are top-quality design, with anti-clogging technology, dual air-flow mouthpieces for smooth hits, and precision heating with a ceramic coil. The designs overall are a sleek, discreet wonder of molded plastic which is finger-friendly and about the size of a pack of gum.

We had much more praise for this quality product, so read our full review of Nuvata pens here.

Plug Play vape: vFire based with great oil

Plug Play is a direct competitor of Stiiizy (who would have made our list had it been as strong as it was in 2017). They use the vFire pod system made by ALD.

plug and play vape
Plug and Play vape is great for taking with on a hike.

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.

Raw Garden: Refined live resin with good strength, great taste

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Some great looking live resin in this Raw Garden cart.

Raw Garden is quickly becoming one of the most popular extract brands in California. Their cartridges use real CCELLs and the oil type used is strictly live resin. They are consistently low priced, typically $30 to $35 a cartridge. While they are not the absolute strongest, the overall value and quality gets them a well deserved spot on this list.

See our Raw Garden review for more info.

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 Elite Mendo Breath Cartridge
Select Elite is a great choice in any state.

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.

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.

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Closer up shot of the oil

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.

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 cartridge
The Sunday Goods trainwreck cartridge

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 previously weakened oil, but now may be coming back

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. However, recently Stiiizy oil has been looking lighter again, and we need to try it again to see if it is as good as it was.

Back of a Stiiizy box

Their hardware is made by ALD just like vFire used in the Plug and Play vape. The new generation CCELL cartridges perform better than Stiiizy’s pod setup (or Pax Era’s), but if Stiiizy is coming back in with some stronger oil it might be a winner again.

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.  But now it has come back to being a light distillate again, but we have not yet tried the latest version. We recently updated our Stiiizy review  to reflect the current state of their pods. 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, or weak to great like Kurvana.

Heading to Las Vegas? Check out our picks for Nevada’s best THC vape carts.


  1. What about Wrck? Is that a real brand? I can’t find anything about it on the internet but the packaging has a Cali logo on it. (CA!)

  2. Kurvana ascnd is really good. High thc and they key lime and amnesia are really great tasting. My buddy buys those. I buy plug play. I’m more of a dab and rig guy cuz vapes never got me high. I have a high tolerance. I’m going to head in the direction of just vaping cuz it’s easier to hide from the girlfriend. Haha. Anyway I want to try all these on the list. Thanks for providing one because a lot of reviews are fake or they put 5 star for free shit.

  3. Just curious what everyone else thinks about Alpine cartridges, I have only had two (last two cartridges I’ve bought) Tangie and GSC both seemed like good quality products. Who out there knows more about Alpine?

    • What county are you in? We just went on items we have actually tried. There are a lot of lists that just name out a bunch of carts, but it’s obvious they haven’t tried them all.

      We will check out some of the brands in your area if we can find them where our reviewers are as well.


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