Do you even vape, bro?
Almost completely non-existent a few short years ago, vaping of both cannabis and tobacco-related products has exploded in the past few years. Touted as a safer, more discreet way to consume cannabis, there are literally hundreds of different vape cartridge makers vying for space in the quickly crowding market. Even though whole, dried cannabis flowers are still by far the favorite of both medicinal and recreational marijuana consumers, vape products are quickly catching up.
"Whereas in 2015, vaporizer cartridges only comprised six percent of Eaze’s total sales, in just a year they saw a 400 percent increase, climbing to 24 percent of sales among their 250,000 customers in 2016. Flower, on the other hand, dropped from 75 percent of total sales to 54 percent within the same time frame,” states the 2016 State of Cannabis report from weed delivery service Eaze.
With both new and seasons cannabis consumers jumping on the vape train, it’s remarkable how few have actually stopped to ask what’s inside those tiny cartridges that they’re so voraciously inhaling.
As makers of pure, food grade terpenes, True Blue is dedicated to producing products that taste great, smell amazing, and most of all, are completely safe for human use. Why take something as therapeutic as cannabis and ruin it with a lot of toxic chemicals?
In this blog, we’re going to take a closer look at what’s contained in many cannabis vape cartridges, and why it’s so important to choose brands that use food grade cannabis terpenes (or make your own using our pure terpenes for sale!)
Materials Matter When It Comes To Flavor
First, let’s talk about the hardware. Most vape companies purchase the important parts of their cartridges and pens straight from China (yeah, despite the high price tag that retailers charge here in the USA). This means it can be difficult to ensure quality materials. The best vape cartridges, i.e. the ones that do the best job of preserving flavor and potency without transferring anything nasty into your lungs, are made from stainless steel with a ceramic core. It's also important to look out for plastic and low-grade wire, both of which can be dangerous and unhealthy to vape.
Terpenes Matter When It Comes To Safety
In the early days of cannabis vaping, manufacturers would use polyethylene glycol, or PEG, as a cutting agent to thin out the viscous cannabis oil. Unfortunately, PEG has often been shown to be contaminated with ethylene oxide, which is classified as a carcinogen.
Once this became common knowledge, the industry slowly began to shift away from PEG, using pure terpenes instead. While this is a much healthier decision, as terpenes are found in cannabis already, it’s always important to research how these terpenes are made and from where they’re sourced. Only use vape cartridges and pens that utilize pure, food grade terpenes to ensure the best vaping experience.
Other Cutting Agents, Thinners And Additives
It's obviously best to use only vape pen cartridges and cannabis oil with as few addititives as possible, if not none altogether. However different manufacturers use cutting agents for a variety of reasons, from maximizing profits to reducing viscosity to achieve optimal consistency in their products. It's best to get acquainted with the common additives used in the industry.
Coconut Oils are medium chain triglycerides (or MCTs) used to thin oils for vaping, aromatherapy and even in the production of fitness supplements. While MCTs are completely safe, you might notice a slight "coconutty" interference in flavor.
Propylene Glycol or PG is one of the most common cutting agents used in oil cartridges for e-cigarettes. While recognized as "generally safe" by the US FDA, you can definitely feel it in the back of your throat with each hit off of cartridges using PG.
Vegetable Glycerine or VG is commonly used as a sweetener. In oil cartridges and concentrates, it is used as a flavor neutralizer and an additive to increase "cloud production" during vaporization. VG causes significantly less cases of allergy or irritation than PG.
Remember! If you’d rather have complete control over what goes into your body, you can always make your own marijuana vape liquid using the terpenes we have for sale at True Blue. Shop our full selection of cannabis strain-matching food grade terpenes today!