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Avoiding Health Risks When Vaping CBD

CBD can be consumed in a number of different ways, including vaping. CBD oil is placed in your vape cartridge, the pen heats up the oil, and you inhale the vapors to experience rapid effects. If you’re not a fan of tinctures or taking pills, you can get a CBD 510 Cartridge for your vape pen and take your daily dose of CBD without all the hassle.

While vaping is a popular method of taking CBD, there have been recent concerns about the health and safety aspects of vaping in general. Here, we’ll discuss how you can still vape CBD while avoiding potential health risks. 

Lung Damage

There have been recent reports of lung damage to vape users. According to The Huffington Post, there are currently 450 known cases of respiratory damage.

However, it’s important to note that many of the victims of lung damage used black market and counterfeit cannabis vape cartridges. The reports come from states where cannabis is illegal for recreational use, which means that the components used are unregulated by law and are unsafe.

Avoiding Lung Damage

The ingredients in counterfeit vape cartridges and e-liquid may include Diacetyl, Acetyl Propionyl, and Acetoin. These should be avoided at all costs when you’re buying your e-juice. Diacetyl, specifically, is a compound that’s demonstratively safe to swallow – however, it’s not safe to inhale. Diacetyl has been linked to popcorn lung, a medical condition that causes the lungs’ smallest air passages to constrict and turn to scar tissue.

Metal Exposure

With concentrate vapes or pen-style vapes, the metal heating coil may pose a health risk. The coils are usually made from titanium, stainless steel, or an alloy of iron, chromium, and aluminum, or nickel wire.

A recent study done by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health determined that exposure to metals from vaping doesn’t pose any additional danger to cigarette smokers who switched to vaping. However, the study believes that the metal in these products is providing unnecessary exposure to non-smokers.

The levels of metal in the vapes of the study were below the recommended exposure levels, but vapers may still be inhaling metal particles.

Avoiding Metal Exposure

Vapers can avoid metal exposure by researching products before they buy them. The market for knock-off vape products is huge, and inferior metals could post a health risk.

Buy your vape components from legitimate sources. You can also opt to use cotton or quartz wicks and titanium, stainless steel, and Kanthal heating coils.

Allergy Concerns

Chemicals like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are the two most common ingredients in vape juice. Some vapers may have sensitivities to one of both of these chemicals. Signs of a sensitivity or allergy are:

  • Sinus irritation
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

Allergies are fast-acting reactions, so a vaper will most likely notice these signs immediately after they start breathing in the chemicals. Those with more severe allergies may get hives or have difficulty breathing.

Because these chemicals are pretty well known, if you have an allergy to one or both, you will most likely already know. Both propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are common ingredients in cosmetics, hair products, foods, drinks, and more. Therefore, it’s usually known from a young age, whether or not you have an allergy.

It’s also important to note that a vegetable glycerin allergy is rare, and most reactions are caused by an allergy to the plant oil. Propylene glycol allergies are more common. 

Avoiding Allergy Concerns

Whether you are aware of an allergy or not, you can avoid allergy concerns altogether by purchasing vape juice without propylene glycol or vegetable oil. It may take some shopping around because they are the most common chemicals used, but your safety it’s well worth the extra effort.

Pesticide and Mold

As you may know, CBD begins with the cannabis plant. While growing, the plant may have been exposed to chemical pesticides or contaminants in the ground like heavy metals. If the extraction process is not done correctly, these chemicals may make it into your vape juice. These contaminants have been known to cause health-related issues for humans, especially when heated or inhaled, like through vaping. 

Avoiding Pesticides and Mold

The best way to avoid contaminants is to only purchase your CBD vape juice from companies with a stringent extraction process. The most reputable CBD companies are transparent about their lab work, and make lab results available to the public as proof of clean and safe processes.

Reliable CBD companies will post their lab results on their website so that you can purchase the product without having to request it from a customer service representative. If you find a product that doesn’t have any lab results posted online, it’s safest to stay away and find a company that can verify their results.

Vaping May Not Be for Everyone

The truth is that not everyone will enjoy vaping CBD. If you’re already a vaping aficionado, you’ll probably have the most enjoyment with it. However, we usually find that many non-vapers struggle to get the hang of it. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll no longer be able to consume CBD.

If you are after the beneficial effects of CBD, here are other ways to consume it aside from vaping.

CBD Gummies

CBD gummies are an excellent alternative to vaping CBD because you can simply eat them. They come in fruity flavors so you can have fun getting your daily dose of CBD with none of the potential health risks of vaping.

Tinctures

CBD oil tinctures are type of ingestible, liquid CBD that you can drop under your tongue or add to your food. It has an earthy taste and makes measuring your dosage easy.

Capsules

For those who want to avoid the mess of a tincture, capsules make taking CBD convenient and discreet. All you have to do is take them with a sip of water and wait for the CBD to take effect.

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