The Terpenes in Cannabis Vape Pods May be Toxic

Remember the vape-related deaths that kept happening in the states? Turns out that terpenes may be to blame!

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When these fake THC cartridges are made, the natural terpenes are initially removed in order to produce pure THC for the liquids. They are then later added back into the vape cartridges for the smell and taste. 

The catch is when these additives are vapourised, they can potentially produce toxic chemicals which are then inhaled. These terpenes are added to a pure THC distillate, which helps dilute the product slightly as well as add their unique flavours and aromas. Research is ongoing and various tests have discovered a variety of toxic chemicals are produced when the coil is heated. 

These chemicals include a known carcinogen – benzene. Methacrolein was also found, a common air pollutant. This further extends to ethylbenzene, styrene, toluene and xylenes. Now I haven’t got a cooking clue what any of these are – but they don’t sound like anything I want to put in my lungs. And if scientists are saying we should be worried, well, I’m worried. 

This comes to light after nearly 2 300 Americans have fallen ill and 48 died due to lung injuries related to these fake THC cartridges. Consumers end up with impaired ability to breathe, the start of their issues with these vape cartridges. 

When it comes to vaping any form of cannabis, better to be safe rather than sorry. Make sure you are using a trustworthy brand from an accredited provider. Steer clear of fake cannabis cartridges! They may save you money and convenience in the short term, but will cost you heavily in the long run – like your life.

If you ain’t chokin’, you ain’t tokin’
– Stoner Steve

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