CBD vaporizer: 3 ingredients in your vape cartridge (+ which ones to avoid)
If you’re reading this, we’re assuming you have some vaping experience and know how to get by with vape oil and a vape pen. Vape pens have recently become very popular, and the fact that they are discreet and very portable has made them so. But in the market today, there are different types of vape pens, be it a refillable vape penstamp/wax pens, 510 thread battery cartridge pens, oil pens, etc.
Each brand uses its own strain, solvent, additives and others. So how do you know which solvent, additive or other is good for you or which is harmful? Read below to know more about it.
Sometimes you may notice a different taste when combining two or more CBD oils. Indeed, when you do, the chemical compositions of CBD oils come together and begin to react. The result of this chemical reaction is what causes the slightly different taste.
Below are some vaping ingredients that you should avoid.
Manufacturers mix their CBD oil with other thinning agents to keep your vape pen working properly. It is therefore a crucial ingredient in vaping oil to keep the pen in good working order.
But some special types of plasticizers react differently when heated to a certain temperature. These certain CBD oils produce chemical carbonyl compounds when heated.
Carbonyl chemicals are part of the formaldehyde chemical group, which is known to cause cancer in humans. Propylene glycol is thermally decomposed, then formaldehyde is produced.
Although more research is being done in this regard, you should not panic as only a small percentage of CBD oils are likely to form formaldehyde. So chances are the CBD oil you’re consuming won’t. Still, it doesn’t hurt to take extra safety precautions. Therefore, you should not mix CBD oils and only consume the CBD oil recommended by the manufacturer.
In a research report from National Library of Medicineit has been found that CBD vape oils, especially those containing propylene glycol, can break down with sufficient heat into microscopic-sized polymers.
These polymers can damage lung tissue. It has also been found that aside from polymers, vegetable glycerin combined with other CBD oils and then heated to a specific temperature can produce other by-products. Other by-products include PPG, PEG 400 (polyethylene glycol), triglycerides, acetaldehyde, acrolein and others. The temperature required to make these by-products is 230 degrees Celsius or 450 Fahrenheit.
Prepackaged CBD Oils
According to a research report published by the National Library of Medicine and authored by the Medical Marijuana Research Institute, some pre-packaged CBD oils that use polyethylene glycol 400 have been found to be responsible for producing a higher number of acetaldehyde and formaldehyde by-products than other similar lightening agents. The researchers also noted that polyethylene glycol 400 reacted strongly with other CBD oils and produced much more formaldehyde byproducts than any other agent.
Therefore, they alerted people to check the ingredients of pre-packaged CBD oils for this ingredient and also check the chemical composition of the thinning agents, as this was also responsible for the higher acetaldehyde and formaldehyde byproducts.
The researchers also alerted people that since vape pens have different temperature settings, the researchers also advised people to avoid heating PEG 400-based CBD oils beyond a specific temperature limit.
But PEG 400 was not banned because there is not enough evidence to justify the researcher’s fear. Researchers are conducting further studies and trying to find out the long and short term consequences of PEG 400 based CBD oils.
What is the current alternative?
Usually thinning agents are administered so that the CBD oil can be heated effectively and people can safely consume them. But one of the bad side effects of this is the bad aftertaste and various health risks that certain types of lightening agents pose.
The solution: Terpenes are a viable alternative to thinning CBD oil, and many companies after using it say they also improve the taste of the vape aroma.
Another alternative solution is the CO2 extraction method. Although this method is a bit expensive, if the process is done well, a relatively finer CBD oil can be extracted, and that without adding diluents.
Most businesses these days are very concerned about the long-term health and safety of their customers. So, people are consuming CBD to help with their conditions and not add to their list of health issues. Therefore, try to avoid CBD oils made with polyethylene glycol 400 and use a relatively recent CO2-extracted CBD oil or at least terpenes using CBD oils. Since CBD oils are diluted or extracted using these methods, they do not create any kind of harmful by-products like formaldehyde etc.
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