What Vapes are dangerous
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably noticed that there’s been a lot of media attention focused on the possibility that vaping causes a severe lung disease that has already killed as many as 8 people in the United States. Considering the popularity of vaping, it’s important to separate the gossip and hearsay from the facts, as they are currently known.
What’s Happening to People?
A number of lipoid pneumonia cases have been associated with vaping. This condition is known to be the result of mineral oil inhalation. Symptoms include shortness of breath, nausea, low energy, and weakness.
What’s Causing It?
The likely culprit has been identified in most samples tested by the FDA as vitamin E acetate, an additive used to thicken THC-infused vape cartridges in the black market. Most patients diagnosed with Lipoid Pneumonia have reported using THC vape cartridges, although some have only used nicotine-based cartridges.
Why Use Vitamin E Acetate in Illicit THC Vape Cartridges?
Vitamin E acetate is being used a cheap diluent for THC oil that goes by the name Honey Cut. It’s attractive to THC oil makers because it dilutes THC oil without affecting viscosity, meaning that you probably won’t even notice. To put it simply, Vitamin E is used to increase the profits made from illicit THC cartridges.
Protect Yourself: Avoid Questionable Vaping THC Oil Cartridges
This is probably the most effective solution in the short term. Luckily, marijuana users have been exceptionally creative and resourceful in creating countless ways to enjoy our favorite plant, without having to strap a rechargeable battery to our face. Your options include:
- Regular Cannabis Vaporizers
There’s no shortage in great cannabis vaporizers that simply heat flowers to a temperature that causes all the wonderful cannabinoids to be released for your pleasure, without any additives or diluents.
- Stick to Tested and Regulated Cannabis Products
Make sure that you buy only regulated and thoroughly tested cannabis products from legal outlets in states like California, Washington, Colorado and Oregon. Unfortunately, street sellers don’t have the same commitment to regulations that protect your health and safety.
There’s a huge and growing market for edibles of all kinds. From cookies to full-on gourmet dishes, all of your bases are covered. Just keep in mind that edibles take longer to start working, last longer, and pack a significant punch.
Vape fans like to bash smoking, but at least its dangers are relatively well-known and understood. Smoking marijuana is unhealthy, but it’s a tried-and-true solution that has been working for most people for thousands of years.
We’ll be sure to post additional updates as the FDA’s investigation continues. In the meantime, use your best judgement and stick to the healthier ways of consuming cannabis!