Is vaping cannabis safe? The recent vaping illnesses explained

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*Updated September 6, 2019

Recently over 200 people have fallen sick and in some cases died (currently only in the United States and not Canada) from using either e-cigarettes or vape pens, however the media simply refers to is as vaping. First, it’s important to recognize the difference in the vaping products they are referring to- the problems are arising from unregulated vape pens and not from vaporizing cannabis flowers. Your dry herb vaporizer is safe and considered healthier than smoking.

Buyer beware of bootleg vape pens

Vape pens can be problematic from the solvents that are used to extract the cannabinoids, the additives that are used to thicken the oil (they now think it’s vitamin E acetate causing the illnesses however the investigation is on going) and give it flavour to the heavy metals in cheap cartridges. Reputable companies will ensure their product is safe and free from harmful toxins and metals. But that guy whipping up cannabis oil in his basement, with parts he bought from China to sell at the local cannabis pop up market, can contain harmful toxins and shouldn’t be trusted. It’s recommended all vape cartridges bought from the illicit market be thrown away.

*note- the products making consumers sick aren’t from the legal market in the United States, don’t worry, your Dosist pen is safe.

Never use a cannabis product that’s from an unknown source

Cannabis is fairly safe to use, it has no lethal dose therefore some people will take risks with products off of the illicit market, not considering the products might not be safe. Often the labeling is wrong, dosage is wrong and when it comes to concentrates, you don’t know if the product is free from harmful toxins. CBD products derived from hemp that’s not from a reputable company may have been grown in soil not suitable for human consumption and/or free from residue of the solvents use to extract the CBD.

The bottom line is, only buy from a company that you know and trust.

Canadian law

Vape pens and concentrates will be coming to the market in Canada, late fall, early winter of 2019.  Weed mama will keep you updated on the laws and when concentrates will be coming to market Subscribe to Weed Mama to stay in the know!

 

 

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