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Dear Stoner: I recently purchased two 500-milligram cartridges of CO2 oil, and one is not working. Is there a way to remove the oil so that I didn’t just waste $50?
Meagan

Dear Meagan: It’s frustrating that vaping cartridges still haven’t reached a true level of consistency; I’ve had the same problem with cartridges since they came out. Every company’s cartridges are a little different, but most of them can be screwed apart at the mouthpiece, where you’ll have access to the oil. Because of the oil’s consistency, though, you’ll probably need a syringe to effectively remove it and reapply it elsewhere. Make sure you have a syringe that’s skinny enough to fit in the cartridge’s hole but wide enough to allow the oil to flow. You can buy empty, refillable cartridges at vape shops.

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For pre-filled cartridges, it helps to research what the oil was mixed with. Most vaping cartridges are diluted with vaping liquids like propylene glycol and glycerols, which can turn into formaldehyde under the heat of an open flame — and you don’t want to inhale that. If the cartridge was filled with pure CO2 oil, however, then you can safely reuse it on bowls and dabs.

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It’s frustrating that vaping cartridges haven’t reached a true level of consistency, but as our Stoner knows, you can salvage the oil from a broken cartridge.

Fake Rove Cartridges: How To Avoid Counterfeits

Rove vape carts are now subjected to being faked. Fake cartridges have been a problem in the cannabis industry and now Rove is no exception. The good thing about Rove is it’s also one of the easiest to tell if it is real since it is only available in two states: California and Nevada. We will explain how to spot potential fakes and how to make sure you are getting the real thing.

No sticker showing THC content: it’s a fake Rove cartridge

Rove lists the THC percentages on their packaging for their California carts. In Nevada, you always will receive information as well, either in the form of being on the packaging or in the form of a sticker, showing the complete cannabinoid profile of the cartridge.

Basically, if you don’t see a THC percentage with your cart, it’s fake. Take a look below at a legitimate California Rove brand cart.

Now take a look below at the fake cart and notice there is no sticker on it.

It’s not to say they might make fake stickers later as well, but for now, this is the easiest deterrent to determine whether a Rove Brand cartridge is real or not. In Nevada, you will have a sticker attached to the information as well. In general, if you are outside of CA or NV, it is more likely you will see an either real CA Rove cart or a fake than a Nevada version. NV prices are high and there are 10x more people in CA, so it’s less likely someone would be distributing NV versions in illegal states.

Below are some more real Rove carts that came in white boxes.

Now take a look below at a fake Rove cartridge in its box. Notice there is no sticker at all indicated any cannabinoid content.

Notice there is no sticker? That’s an obvious fake.

Many fake Rove Brand carts also have CA! stickers

The sticker is not enough but is one deterrent. Many of the fakes out there now have stickers too, although they contain made-up figures on the oil since the oil is not even in the cartridge yet and no one knows what oil will be put in it. See below a picture of a fake Rove cartridge with CA! stickers.

The only way to really know it’s really is to buy from a legit store,

How to find real Rove cartridges

The easiest way to find real Rove carts is to use their store locator. If the store you got it from is not in there, it might not be a legitimate store. When you get them on the street in other states, make sure to check out the sticker situation explained above. If there’s no sticker you can be sure it is fake and not legitimate.

UPDATE 8/31/19: Rove is now using QR code stickers on all their products!

It’s an in-house verification system tied in with their phone app Rove Rewards. They explain Rove Rewards on dual posts to their Reddit and Instagram channels. Briefly, it works similar to the CannVerify system we just blogged the other day. You take your Rove product and scan the sticker on the box with the Rove Rewards app. their phone app Rove Rewards.

If the data matches, the server will send back a message that it is a genuine product.

If the same user scans the same QR code again, the server will send back a message that the QR code is genuine, but has already been validated.

If a user scans a genuine QR code that has already been validated by another user the server will send back a message that the QR code has been validated by another user.

If a user scans a QR code that is not in our system the server will send back a message that the QR code is invalid.

So there you go! Our thanks to Rove products for being proactive in protecting the safety of their customers. We’re certain that most cartridge companies are following suit, as we’ve seen here and there.

UPDATE 11/11/19 From CartBusta

We’ve got a few new sightings of latest box designs + counterfeit counterparts for Rove’s “Featured Farms” products.

OOPS: Real Rove cartridges actually do sometimes have a “TM” after the brand name on the box. You can see this in the product box shot on Rove’s own website.

Despite that fault, the rest of the info seems to be a good supplemental guide to determining real from fake. Rove fakes are just blowing up all over the Internet now, so expect to see more variations on the theme adding to the confusion.

Fake cartridge does no always mean bunk oil

Some vendors might just be using the hardware and putting good oil in it. More likely than not, fake carts are going to be junk, but there are some oil makers out there just using the hardware. They would be better off just using CCELL carts than a fake brand, but a fake branded cart does not always mean the oil sucks too. However, on fake carts there is no quality control, so who knows if there is a safe level of pesticides and residual solvents in the carts.

See our other posts on fake cartridges

If you are concerned about fakes in your town see other posts on the following fake vape carts: Dank Vapes, Cereal Carts, Brass Knuckles, Eureka Vapor, Cookies, and Space Vape. Fake hardware is an issue to and you can also determine carts are fake if they use fake CCELL hardware. If you are looking for the best carts, check out our best carts lists for California and Nevada.

Here we go through fake Rove cartridges. Learn how to identify obvious fakes and how to locate authentic Rove vape carts.