Should You be Concerned About Vape?

September 27th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

About Vape

Cara Oorbeck

Posted September 27th, 2019

We Are Family

At Green Wellness Life, we are a family! Many of you have gotten to know us through phone and email conversations. You have heard stories of our pets, kids, joys and sometimes even hardships. We love that about our business! We are truly passionate about helping people, especially children who. We love to see when CBD has benefited a young person struggling. In short, we believe in loving and protecting kids! That is why in our office, we have been watching closely as our country and most recently, our state begins to navigate the e-liquid/vape widespread popularity in young people. We are aware that flavors like bubblegum and fruit can be a draw for young people and we are in agreement that this is not ideal. Quite frankly, we don’t want our kids (or yours!) smoking anything. While we don’t sell any e-liquids that contain nicotine or THC, we also have seen the benefits of CBD vapes for people living with anxiety, pain, restless leg and much more. We truly do see both sides of this debate.

Quality and Safety are important to us!

We want to let our customers know we are still very committed to carrying quality CBD products with independent lab testing and a stellar reputation. We also carry a variety of manufacturers and product types because we believe not every CBD option is right for every person. Different delivery mechanisms work better for different individuals. Because of this, we have a large adult customer base that relies on our vape products for anxiety and pain. I am included in that group as I utilize our MCT oil/CBD disposable vape pens for multiple benefits. I find that when managing my situational anxiety, a disposable vape pen can help me avoid a panic attack.

Unpacking Vape and E-Liquid

Merriam-Webster defines “vape” as: to inhale vapor through the mouth from a battery-operated electronic device that heats up and vaporizes a liquid or solid.  Vaping CBD is fairly new and there are limited studies regarding the long term effects of vape – CBD or otherwise. That being said, we do know a few things about how e-liquids are made. First, manufacturers of CBD vape products extract the hemp plant compounds, usually by way of CO2. Next, those compounds are dissolved into a solution that can be easily vaporized.  This solution changes the viscosity of hemp – making it either thin (low viscosity) or thick (high viscosity). When vaping e-liquid it is preferable to have a lower viscosity (thinner) in order to have more vapor and less gunk produced.

Vape Solutions – What is the difference?

The solutions that the hemp extract are dissolved into include Propylene Glycol or PG (low viscosity or thin), Vegetable Glycerin or VG (Higher viscosity or thicker and a bit sweeter) and Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT which is usually found in coconut oil. Sometimes a combination of these can be used.

E-liquids made from the dissolving agent MCT oil are considered to be less harmful to the body than those made with VG or PG. MCT is different than the two other solvents because it is a refined food grade-oil that when heated does not create cancer-causing agents. Where VG and PG, if overheated, can release carcinogenic byproducts that may be harmful when consumed in larger quantities.

On that same note, our state of Michigan has recently issued a new ban on flavored vape/e-liquid. While we don’t agree with the ban, we can respect the fact that the state is working to reduce the likelihood that our kids will be smoking. The ban, entitled “Protection of Youth from Nicotine Product Addiction” is specific to e-cigarettes as well as any flavored oils to which a nicotine product could be added. While CBD is not referenced in the least, and GWL would never carry a nicotine product, it’s feasible that nicotine could be added to bottled CBD e-liquid. As such, we will no longer be carrying bottled e-liquid. Additionally, in order to comply, we will also be eliminating flavored vape and any product with fruit on the packaging.

Long term effects and our take away

We know there have been some recent vape concerns.  Those should definitely be taken seriously. It’s our understanding that public officials are narrowing that down to vitamin E acetate (which is used to create a low viscosity or thin the oil) and/or black market vape cartridges. These are cartridges bought from places that are not independently testing their products. Public Health Department officials in New York said in a recent statement that “the majority of vape cartridges involved (in the recent outbreak) came from black market sources. “Many are suspected to be counterfeits…”  Of all the 200 reported cases “the one thing in common is that every single one had obtained the vape from a pop-up shop, stranger, or friend.” That is why it is important to know who and where you are getting any products that are going in your body – CBD or otherwise.

It’s our belief that everything should be consumed in moderation – and that includes inhaled CBD. We view CBD e-liquid as a “booster.” To us, that means it’s an assist to a daily regimen of CBD. Boosters can help when you’re hurting and need a little extra help, but they are not all that you rely on. With that said, we know that they help many people. We will continue to carry CBD cartridges from companies that we believe in, manufacturing quality products that help people, for as long as we can do so. We’re not doctors or scientists but we live and breathe CBD and we’re always here to answer questions for you and help in any way that we can!

Resources

  1. https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20190905/are-vaping-ailments-linked-to-bootleg-cartridges
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/michigan-becomes-first-state-to-ban-flavored-e-cigarettes/2019/09/03/34f234c6-ce4c-11e9-8c1c-7c8ee785b855_story.html

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