Is Vaping Bad For You? Get the Facts

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The Popularity of E-Cigarettes

Recently, e-cigarettes and vapes have become popular, especially with cigarette smokers who are looking to wean themselves off of their habit. This begs the question, do vapes pose the same health risks, or are they safer? Are those that contain nicotine more dangerous than those that do not?

Vaping vs Smoking

Since vaping hasn’t been around for that long, scientists still don’t know the long-term effects it might have. Current research seems to show that it’s about 95% safer than smoking, since it doesn’t involve the tar and carbon dioxide used by combustible tobacco. However, both nicotine and nicotine-free vapes do contain and emit numerous potentially toxic substances.

Is Vaping The Right Alternative to Smoking? (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Reduced Short-Term Health Problems

Regardless, many studies have shown that switching from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigarettes or vapes greatly reduced people’s short-term health problems. Vaping greatly reduces exposure to toxins and carcinogens, yet it is still unable to completely eliminate them, which is where the problem lies.

Cheap Vape Juice

Could some juices just be more dangerous because they are cheaper quality? It’s true, not all vaping juices are created equal. Often you must be wary of companies selling theirs for cheaper prices.

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Beware Cheap and Counterfeit Products

Less-expensive vape brands often cut corners in the manufacturing process. They don’t always use safe, clean labs or test their supplies for dangerous chemicals. If you must vape, you should only buy from premium companies. Premium companies usually have their juices made in ISO labs and then tested by a third party to ensure quality and reduce toxic byproducts. They also hire professional chemists to create original flavors.

CBD Vape Juice

Vaping can also be an efficient way to take CBD. In fact, it is much more effective than taking edibles or pills, because inhaling it increases its bioavailability. In other words, your body is able to better absorb CBD, allowing greater CBD oil benefits such as increased pain relief, stress relief, and focus, to name a few. Because of the increased health benefits, vaping CBD can be very tempting. However, it might be safer to stick to tinctures and pills. Like all other forms of vaping, little research has been done on the long-term side effects of vaping CBD. It would be a shame to overshadow the positives by causing yourself disease down the road.

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Cuticle Wax in CBD

One substance in CBD that may cause future health problems is cuticle wax. Cuticle wax covers the surface of hemp plants and burns away when the plant is smoked. However, when hemp is vaped, it doesn’t reach the same temperatures. Scientists are worried that the waxy bits may clump together and form oily buildup in your lungs, which would turn into granulomas down the road. If you insist on vaping CBD, you must choose oils that have undergone a process called winterization. This removes the waxes and lipids from the oil.

Regulations

Another major problem with vaping CBD is that the entire industry lacks regulation. In an effort to make as much profit as possible, companies regularly push their limits and take advantage of the system (or lack thereof). As a result, many cartridges are made without any consideration for health. The oils are produced with thinning agents that become carcinogenic when heated, or watered down with other drugs found in synthetic marijuana or cough medicine. In North Carolina, vaping has been linked to, disorientation, seizures, hallucinations, and loss of consciousness.

Carcinogenic Thinning Agents

All CBD oils are produced with thinning agents because CBD is too concentrated by itself. If you decide to vape CBD, watch out for a substance called propylene glycol, as this is the most carcinogenic. Most oils contain propylene glycol, but at varying degrees. When you’re shopping around, look for the ones that contain more vegetable glycol. Most stores are very knowledgeable about the products they sell, the quality, and where they come from. When in doubt, ask the shop!

Essential Oil Vape

Another type of diffuser, albeit less well-known, is the essential oil vape. Essential oil vapes look like colorful plastic cigarettes. They work similarly to regular vapes, but instead of using scented oils, they use a mixture of essential oils, vegetable glycerin, and water. Essential oils provide numerous health benefits, especially when it comes to reducing stress. As they are all-natural, it seems unlikely that they would result in a toxic vapor. However, like CBD oil, which is also natural and has health benefits, essential oils could pose a potential risk when vaped.

Essential Oils Have Some Health Benefits. (Image Source: Pixabay)

Dangers of Vaping

No matter what you are vaping, you are posing a risk to your health. Just how bad of a risk, we have yet to fully understand. Vaping is a fairly new trend, and research into its health effects only started in the past year or so. Naturally, it will take significant time to understand the long-term risks. Since cigarettes have been around for decades, we can link them to lung cancer. Vaping, however, is new and will take many more years of study.

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