Most people prefer to use vape pens to get their CBD because it is healthier than smoking a joint and takes effect faster than eating edibles. It is also more potent and thus allows you to consume less CBD oil. Indeed, CBD vaping pens have been lauded as a life saver for those people who suffer from anxiety, pain, inflammation and depression.
However, there are some dangers that come with using CBD vape pens. What are these?
1. Cuticle wax found on CBD oil.
CBD vaping can make you sick because of cuticle wax. Cuticle wax coats the surface of flowering cannabis plants, and that includes hemp. When you smoke marijuana, this coating is burned away, thereby eliminating the risk of respiratory problems. Not so when you vape. It is thought that the waxy bits are not completely burned away and they accumulate in your lungs.
There has been no concrete scientific findings attesting to this. But, if you are concerned about wax accumulating in your lungs and eventually forming granulomas, then you can choose vape oils brands that have undergone winterization, a process that removes all or part of the fatty acids, lipids and wax out of the plant.
2. Thinning agents found in CBD vape oil.
CBD vape oil comes from raw cannabis oil, which is too thick to be vaped. Most manufacturers treat this thick extract with some chemicals to make it less viscous, making it easier to be vaped. There are also low-quality CBD vape oils that are thought to use toxic thinning agents that are harsh and dangerous to your health. They use these potentially harmful thinning agents to cut costs.
Even the most commonly used thinning agents, propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol, break down into cancer inducing compounds, including acetaldehyde and formaldehyde. Some vape juices also contain nicotine, which is considered to be carcinogenic.
Further, propylene glycol has also been found to induce allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory problems.
Invest in a high-quality vape and CBD vape oil
There is no question that some manufacturers out there are out to make a quick buck even when they know that they are putting your life in danger. The sad thing is that there is no government body or regulating agency that would help ensure that the CBD oil and vape that you buy are of top-notch quality. It is not like medicines, which has the United States FDA doing the policing. It really is a matter of you looking out for yourself.
What should you look for when choosing a CBD vape pen? For one, it helps if the vape pen uses high quality materials, and that the heating coil should be replaced periodically. The heating coil should also be able to completely vaporize the oils, to ensure that harmful compounds are burned away and that thinning agents are not broken down. The good news is that there are affordable CBD vape pens that vaporize the CBD oil completely, by heating it up to a higher temperature than necessary.
Buy from reputable CBD oil sellers who have third party certifications. It would also help ensure that only high quality ingredients are mixed into the CBD extract. Some of these high quality CBD oil might be more expensive, but it ensures that you don’t get sicker that you already are. It also ensures that you are getting the right amount of dosage, as claimed in the packaging.
Remember, substandard products are flooding the market right now because of two reasons. One is that there is no regulatory body that is policing the marijuana market . The second is that most people are still new to using CBD. As such, they know little of CBD, vaping, and CBD oils. The kind of customers that unscrupulous retailers would appreciate!