Beginning in August 2019, an apparent outbreak of vaping related illnesses and even a few deaths has sent much of the United States, and the world, into a panic regarding the potential dangers of vaping. This has led many people to ask - is my cannabis vape safe?
Questioning the safety and health around cannabis vaping - and vaping in general - is a good thing. When you inhale literally anything you expose your lungs (respiratory system), bloodstream (circulatory system), and brain (nervous system) to potential toxins. Minimizing the potential danger from the things you inhale is critical to living a long and healthy life. At Heylo we are encouraged when people take this question seriously.
One of the most sensational parts of the recent outbreak of vaping-related illnesses is the lack of apparent commonality between. Yet there are a few key elements that connect most, if not all, of the reports:
In general, yes. Pure cannabis is regarded as safe compared to alcohol and other drugs that enable intoxication for adult-use. Cannabis smoke is less carcinogenic than tobacco smoke. Vaping, however, is often done without pure cannabis - even in legal markets like Washington State and Colorado.
In illegal cannabis markets, like Wisconsin, where the City of Milwaukee issued a warning about all vapes, it is very difficult to find a pure cannabis vape. Vapes purchased on the street are likely produced with non-cannabis components and hardware that could contain toxins like lead.
Vaping pure cannabis has never been proven to produce illness or death in any adult, ever. That said - there are still potential risks to vaping legal cannabis products - many of which are not pure, are laden with pesticides, or have bad hardware. Let’s explore these risks so you can make informed buying decisions for your health and safety.
It depends - but there are several categories of risk to be aware of. There are cannabis vapes in legal markets, including Heylo in Washington, that are clean and verifiable.
Simple steps to protect yourself, family, and friends: