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Is Dry Herb Vaping Safe?

Is Dry Herb Vaping Safe?


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Disclaimer: This article is not intended as medical advice. It is for instructional purposes only. Contact a medical professional for medical advice.

In recent years, a negative light has been shed on vaporization and its relation to lung illnesses. This was prompted partially due to  over 1,800 cases of lung illness related to vaping being identified by the CDC. Every patient was reported to have regularly used e-cigarettes - which include vape pens, mods, and tank systems according to the CDC definition. While the exact cause is not yet known, one explanation that’s been raised is contamination of vape cartridges sold on the black market.

On January 10, 2020, Leafly published an  in-depth look at this phenomena that shed more light on the nature of this contamination. The report states that after the FDA tested about 900 THC cartridges and found that 47% contained vitamin E acetate - which can harm lungs when inhaled. The vitamin E acetate is used to make the oil in these black market THC cartridges look more pure than they actually are. Despite the prevalence of vitamin E acetate in the samples tested, the CDC is not attributing the cause of these illnesses to just one culprit. For now, it’s recommended to throw away any illicitly purchased THC cartridges. If you’re looking for an alternative to oil pens, consider dry herb vaporizers.

Dry Herb Vaporization Explained

Dry herb vaporizers are a popular alternative for consumers who are not interested in concentrated oils. Simply load the dry herb evaporation and inhale the vapors. Rather than burning your herb like a water pipe, the vaporizer boils it. This gives you more control over what you’re consuming and lowers the chance of contamination greatly. It’s essentially smoking, but without any smoke.

Is Dry Herb Vaping Safe?

Dry herb vaporizers have only increased in popularity over the last few years as technology improves and products become more accessible to customers. Despite this, scientific studies conducted in the United States are few and far between compared to other countries - largely due to the lack of federal regulation around cannabis. Nevertheless, there are a plethora of scientific studies available on the topic of dry herb vaping. Most are conducted in countries like the Netherlands where cannabis has been regulated for some time. So, is dry herb vaping safe?

Yes. There are a few reasons for this. The first being that dry herb vaporizers that heat using conduction do not produce carbon monoxide, a harmful by-product of traditional smoking devices like water pipes. Secondly, the aerosols created when vaping dry herbs do not carry the same risk to those nearby like second-hand smoke does. Finally, as mentioned before, vaping dry herb reduces the risk of inhaling or ingesting a dangerous substance like vitamin E acetate because flower material like CBD is readily available from licensed medical distributors who test their product to ensure there are no foreign elements. 

Medical users who prefer vaping should look to dry herb vaporizers for the safest and most convenient way to consume flower. Check out some of the most popular dry herb vaporizers available on Dank Riot, like the Boundless CFC 2.0!

 


Interested in reading more scientific articles about dry herb vaporization? Check out the studies below!

https://harmreductionjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1477-7517-4-11

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J175v04n01_02

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17429350 

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