Everyone knows the feeling, you’ve just smoked your weed pen and it’s time to safely return it to your pocket. When suddenly, panic strikes as you miss your pocket and your vape pen smashes on the ground. Sometimes you’re lucky and everything is a-ok no cracks or bruises. However, if today’s not your lucky day and the pen is indeed broken then we have a few ways to help you salvage the oil.

Of course, that’s not the only reason a pen will malfunction. Sometimes when dealing with weed pens, atomizers burn out from turning the temperature too high on a battery, or sometimes the battery won’t hold a charge. At the end of the day the majority of these vape cartridges out there are not made with the best quality batteries, and technology so they are bound to break from time to time.

Christine Sclafani explains how to salvage your broken Vape Cartridge.

The Oil Syringe

Oil Syringe
Pulling oil out of a vape cartridge with a syringe.

One of the best ways to remove oil from a vape cartridge is to take a small syringe, similar to the ones they use to put the oil into the cartridge. The mouthpiece on the majority of the standard pre-filled cartridges can be unscrewed.

Once the mouthpiece of the cartridge is properly unscrewed you can then dip the tip of the syringe into the open cartridge. From there it should be pretty easy to pull out all the liquid oil. 

Next, you would just need to purchase an empty cartridge from a vape shop or online. Once you obtain that you can simply push the oil straight into the empty cartridge and you are good to go.

If buying an empty cartridge isn’t an option for you, then there are a few other things you can try.

Dab The Oil 

A dab being placed into a rig.

Now that you have a syringe full of oil it’s time to do some dabs. You can use any dab rig that you would normally use with concentrates you purchased at a dispensary.

Just simply heat the nail or banger on your dab rig, let it cool, and slowly push on the syringe until a drop of oil falls out and inhale the smoke.

If the oil seems to be too stable to push out of the syringe then try and heat the syringe so the oil becomes more viscous. Don’t burn the syringe, though! Hot air or a blow dryer works best, or you can even use hot water as long as there is a strong sealed cap on your syringe. 

If you don’t have a dab rig, there are a few other ways to get high from the oil you saved.

Eat It

The simplest way to salvage oil that you pulled out of a broken marijuana cartridge is to eat it. That’s right, after you’ve pulled the oil out of the cartridge you can add it to any meal or drink to consume the concentrate. 

Since the distillate does not have THCA there is no need to decarboxylate the marijuana as it is ready to consume the moment you pull it out of the cartridge. The other ingredients in vape cartridges are generally regarded as safe to consume by the FDA.

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Therefore, you are good to add the oil directly to any food or beverage you are having risk free. 

Add to a Bowl 

Bong Bowl
Smoking marijuana out of a bong.

Another option for you is to simply put a small bit of oil on top of a regular marijuana flower bowl. You can use a pipe, bong, bubbler or any other smoking device. Just put a few drops per bowl and that should enhance the flower you are smoking.

Some people even like to put some drops of oil in blunt wraps or joints and we approve of that method as well. It works like a charm and makes the smoking experience just a little bit sweeter. 

If you are thinking of using the oil to make your joint a super joint we recommend putting the oil on the outside of the joint after it’s rolled. Then if you want to get crazy, and you happen to have some kief saved up in your grinder, you can then roll the joint in the kief. Basically making your own moon rock joint.


If the oil you have is thin and might have already been cut with polyethylene glycol (PEG) or something similar, it should work in an e-cig or e-juice vaporizer.

Hope That Helped! 

Hope this helped you figure out a way to save the oil from your broken weed pen. Obviously you want to be as careful as possible with cannabis products, but sometimes accidents happen. Marijuana is expensive so don’t waste it if you don’t have to!