Vaping was almost completely non-existent a few short years ago, but vaping of both cannabis and tobacco-related products has exploded in the past few years. Vaping has been touted as a safer, more discreet way to consume cannabis and there are literally hundreds of different vape cartridge vendors elbowing each other for space in the growing market. Even though whole, dried cannabis flowers are still the favorite of both medicinal and recreational marijuana consumers, vape products are quickly catching up.
BUT, because of the recent serious health issues around vaping, it’s become increasingly clear that we need to be much more aware of not only what type of vape cartridges to use, but also the quality of what we put in it. As always with a new growing market with lots of potential money to be made, there are going to be purveyors of less-than-ideal products, or even worse, actively dangerous products.
At Terpenes.net we are committed to providing the purest chemical compounds from natural, non-GMO, pesticide-free botanical sources and use only the highest-grade terpene isolates to create our chemical compositions of validated cannabis terpene strain profiles and broad-spectrum blends. Rest assured, none of our products contain vitamin E acetate.
Leading the Way with Lead-Free Vape Cartridges
As cannabis legalization escalates across the nation and around the world, governmental agencies have struggled to keep up with the industry’s technological innovation. The vaporization of cannabis concentrates is one of the fastest growing segments in the industry. While vaping is considered a safer and more convenient method of inhalation than smoking combustible cannabis plant material, significant health risks still exist, primarily due to inferior and cheaply made products. In the past year, reports have detailed the presence of lead in the vaped material.
Here at Terpenes.net, we agree with both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, there is no safe level of exposure to lead. The CDC considers lead a neurotoxin that, if consumed, is potentially fatal. This is why we were committed to creating and providing an exceptional, high-performing lead-free vape cartridge for our customers.
Better & Safer Terpenes for Vaping
As makers of pure, food-grade terpenes, we’re dedicated to producing terpene products that taste great, smell amazing, and most of all, are completely safe for human use. We’re an all-natural company, which means no synthetic or artificial inputs in any of our product lines. Our profiles offer a more authentic terpene strain fingerprint experience because our process often includes more than twice the number of terpenes than the competition.
In the early days of cannabis vaping, manufacturers would use polyethylene glycol (PEG) to thin out the viscous cannabis oil. However, PEG has now been shown to often be contaminated with ethylene oxide, which is classified as a carcinogen.
Now, the industry tends to use pure terpenes as a cutting agent instead. While this is a much healthier decision, as terpenes naturally occur in cannabis, it’s always important to research where the terpenes are sourced and how they’re processed. Only use pure, food grade terpenes in high-quality, lead-free cartridges to ensure the best vaping experience.
Cutting Agents, Thinners, and Additives
It’s fairly obvious that it’d be ideal to use vape cartridges and cannabis oil with as few additives as possible. However different manufacturers use cutting agents for a variety of reasons, everything from maximizing profits to reducing viscosity to achieve optimal consistency in their products. High viscosity oils are typically a sign of pure oil indicating that only terpenes were mixed in. When high viscosity oil is put inside a cartridge, it produces an air bubble that does not easily move when the cartridge is flipped upside down. Low viscosity oils produce a faster moving bubble and are typically made by blending viscosity booster/liquefier/diluent and terpenes with the cannabis or hemp oil.
Here are some of 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 (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 Glycerin (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.
Best Terpenes to Use
It’s important to do your research and get familiar with common terpene profiles or choose to enjoy a blend of terpenes that are professionally blended and meant to address your specific situation. With that in mind, there are some terms it’s important for you to understand.
Food Grade Terpenes is a term now widely used. However, the term can be misleading for some. Even though terpenes are labeled as food grade this doesn’t mean you can consider them food and just consume them on their own. It simply means they are an isolate terpene, or a pure terpene. With that being said, terpenes can infuse edibles and oils that can be ingested, as long as the “recipe” is exact and has the proper amounts to keep it safe for consumption.
Isolate Terpenes, or pure terpenes, are exactly how they sound. They are isolated terpenes stripped of any other chemical compounds and contain no additives. Isolates open up a whole new world of opportunity for using specific terpenes in oils, aromatherapy, edibles, or added into other products. It also provides a way for industry professionals to create custom products.
When it comes to Distillate Terpenes, it’s important to be aware of the difference between a distillate CBD product and an isolate CBD product. While similar, an isolate CBD product is extracted from hemp and does not contain any chemicals other than isolated CBD. However, a CBD distillate is typically extracted from marijuana and may contain high amounts of THC. When people mention distillate terpenes, they are generally referring to a CBD distillate which may contain terpenes but will also contain THC. These products may get a person high and are not legal in all 50 states.
At the end of the day, when it comes to trying to decide which terpenes will best fit your vaping needs, it is crucial to know what you want to accomplish. Terpenes provide such a wide range of benefits, so the question can’t be which one is best in general, but instead, which one is best for YOU.
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