What’s in CBD Vapes? – What You Need to Know

What's In CBD Vapes?

What’s in CBD Vapes? – What You Need to Know

What's in CBD Vapes -
Additives, Cutters and Thinners, Oh My!

Do you know what’s in CBD vapes? We have made it our mission to make sure we know what is in the ones we stock. It is obviously important to understand what is in the products you intend to consume, but this may be doubly true for things you intend to inhale.  The lungs are, after all, designed to take in molecules from the air and do very little filtering.

Many CBD vape cartridges and juices use additives and thinning agents that may be damaging to our health. These questionable chemicals have been linked to a series of medical issues ranging from sore throats to popcorn lung. While results have not been wholly conclusive to date, it is clear that more research is needed to ensure the safety of these products.
Meanwhile, it is important to understand what may be in your vape, to find a trusted source, and, in our view, avoid unnecessary chemicals.
MCT - What's in CBD Vapes
At Blue Lotus, we have looked long and hard to know exactly what’s in CBD vapes.  We look for those that are free of chemical additives and contain high quality CBD. TribeTokes and Crystal Creek Organics stand out as additive free options with some really excellent strain profiles.  We will update our offerings as new, equally high quality products come our way.  Meanwhile, the information below was provided by TribeTokes to help unlock the mystery of some of the more common additives.

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)

Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are fats foud in coconut and palm kernel oils. These are considered very healthy to ingest (great for the brain), but are questionable when added to a vaporizer cartridge. Many people assume it is also healthy to inhale. However, heating the oil in order to vaporize it along with the cannabinoids poses a potential health risk. Some claims have been made indicating that MCT palys a rold in causing lung infections in the form of lipid or lipoid pneumonia.

The long term effects of vaping MCT are still unclear. The Medical Marijuana Research Institute conducted a study, which found that MCT “produced negligible levels of harmful byproducts” when heated to 230 degrees Celcius. But a 2017 study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that MCT still produced heightened levels of one or more potentially harmful particles despite producing less acetaldehyde than other cutting agents.

VG and PG

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) -Quality is NOT in the Cloud

Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a colorless, odorless liquid and it is often found on the list of what’s in CBD Vapes in the US and Canada.

It is used because it is inexpensive, adds a bit of sweetness, and creates a larger vapor cloud. Many people mistake this cloud for “quality,” when in reality it is the result of this additive, not the primary ingredients.

VG is considered safe for ingestion. However, heating glycerol has been shown to create a wide range of compounds, including formadehyde, acrolein, and acetaldehyde.
What's in CBD Vapes - VG and PG

Propylene Glycol (PG)

Propylene Glycol is a petroleum byproduct that is colorless and odorless. It has been noted as an excellent tool for fighting smoking becuase of its sweet taste. It has also found uses in many cosmetic and medical products as well.

PG has been deemed safe by the FDA for consumption because of its low oral toxicity. However, many questions if this is applicable to inhalation or if it should only be limited to consumption. Projectcbd.org noted in 2015 how many cannabis vape cartridges that contain PG have the potential to increase carbonyl exposure to consumers.

They further detailed in a 2017 update how PG can lead to exposure to carcinogenic compound, which can cause harm. It is also worth noting that when reaching high temperatures, PG can degrade into other toxins. These studies also recognized that PG produces significantly higher levels of potentially dangerous compounds than either MCT or VG oils. To read more from projectcbd on the subject of safe vaping, click below.

Vitamin E Acetate

What's in CBD Vapes - Just because we can eat it, doesn't mean we should breathe it!

Vitamin E is well recognized as a necessary component of our nutrition and a desirable component for skincare. But what about inhaling it? Vitamin E is the common name for several similar chemicals known as “tocopherols.” They are commonly found in vegetable oil or made synthetically from petroleum.

The synthetic process of creating tocopherols begins using toxic petroleum-derived precursor chemicals—most significantly trimethylhydroquinone. We will not go into the complex chemistry for this article, but this doesn’t sound like something we would want in our vapes.
What's in CBD Vapes Lung inhalation animation
It is Vitamin E Acetate that was linked to the specific lung illnesses and even deaths that resulted from “black market” vape products in 2019. According to the chief scientist of Myriad pharmaceuticals, Eliana Goldberstein Rubashkyn, “No vitamin E should be vaped regardless of its chemical structure.”

There is also evidence that the acetate from of vitamin E oil, tocopheryl acetate may worsen lung reactions. They adhere to the lung’s liner fluid. This fluid, called lung surfactant, enables oxygen transfer from the air to your lungs. Tocopherols interfere with this process and block the essential gas transfer from occurring.

That sounds really bad to us. Even if you choose to vape a product with VG, PG, or MCT – Vitamin E Acetate should clearly be avoided. For additional insights into the chemistry and research about Vitamin E Acetate, click the link below for an interesting article by the team at leafly.com

What’s in Blue Lotus Vapes?

We are proud to offer a selection of "Clean Vapes"

TribeTokes Clean Vapes – contain 70% Cannabinoids and 30% – zero additives, fillers, or cutters

Crystal Creek Organics – contain 53% Cannabinoids and 47% terpenes – zero additives, fillers, or cutters

Lumi Broad Spectrum Vapes – 88% Cannabinoids (Zero THC) and 12% terpenes – zero additives, fillers, or cutters

Green Flower Botanicals (discontinued) – contain MCT

Lumi Cloud Pens (discontinued) – contain plant based VG
TribeTokes Juicy Fruit CBD Vape Cartridge and Box

 Interested in the therapeutic properties of various vape strains? Click below to view the table of specific conditions addressed by each one.

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