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What’s In Your Vape? Things You Need To Know

Things to know about your vape

To be blunt, we need to talk about what’s in vape cartridges.

Too many THC cartridges and CBD cartridges use additives and thinning agents that are potentially damaging to our bodies. These dubious additives have been linked to a series of medical issues from sore throats to popcorn lung. While additional data is needed for conclusions, findings not only urge for further testing but also for these findings to be considered in policymaking.

Are There Dangerous Ingredients in Vape Cartridges?

At TribeTokes, we strive to stand out as an additive-free solution in this often far too questionable CBD vape cartridge and pen marketplace. To help consumers out, we’re unpacking some of the findings and evidence around popular additives so you know what may be in other cartridges.


You May Be Vaping Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) (2)
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are fats commonly found in coconut oil and palm kernel oil. MCT in vapes is confusing for customers because it is very healthy to ingest (it is a healthy fat for your brain), so people assume it is also healthy to inhale.

Is MCT Oil Safe to Vape?

When heated to 230°C, the highest temperature cannabis can be vaporized at before combusting, MCT poses a potential health risk to vape consumers. Some specific claims include lung infections in the form of lipid pneumonia or lipoid pneumonia.

The jury is still out on the long terms effects of vaping MCT. A study conducted by the Medical Marijuana Research Institute found that MCT only “produced negligible levels of harmful byproducts” when heated to 230°C. However, another 2017 study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that while MCT did produce less acetaldehyde than other thinning agents, it still produced heightened levels of one or more potentially harmful particles.

Vaping Vegetable Glycerin (VG)

Vegetable glycerin (VG) is a clear, odorless liquid common in vape cartridges in the United States and Canada. Vape companies use it because it’s inexpensive (cheapest e-liquid option), for the taste (it is a bit sweet as VG is a sugar compound), and because it produces the biggest clouds, which some consumers like (and mistake for high quality).

Is it safe to vape vegetable glycerin?

It is considered safe for human consumption when ingested, but the heating of glycerol has been shown to generate a wide range of carbonyl compounds, including formaldehyde, acrolein, and acetaldehyde, at high temperatures.

Glycerin is a bit thick, so many e-juice manufacturers mix it with Propylene Glycol (“PG” – see below). The most common mix is 60/40 VG /PG.

Vaping Propylene Glycol (PG) (3)
CBD Vapes

Unlike MCT or VG oil, the potential effects of propylene glycol (PG) have been more critical than other thinning agents. The petroleum byproduct is a colorless, odorless liquid that has been noted as an excellent tool for fighting smoking thanks to its sweet taste. Additionally, it has found uses in medicines and beauty products as well.

Is it Safe to Vape Propylene Glycol?

Due to its low oral toxicity, PG has been deemed safe by the FDA. However, some skeptics suggest that this distinction is only applicable to consumption and not inhalation. In 2015, Project CBD noted how THC and CBD cartridges with PG agents had the potential to increase carbonyl exposure to consumers. In a 2017 update, Project CBD detailed, like other reports, how PG can lead to exposure to harmful carcinogenic compounds. Additionally, when reaching specific temperatures, PG can degrade intro stronger toxins. Furthermore, in the studies mentioned above, PG was recognized for producing significantly higher levels of potentially dangerous particles than MCT and VG oils.

Vaping Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

Polyethylene Glycol is a synthetic resin that is often used as a solvent. Of all the potentially unhealthy additives going into THC and CBD vape cartridges, PEG is the most scrutinized to date.

Is It Safe for My Vape To Contain Polyethylene Glycol?

The additive which can contain ethylene oxide has produced results that lead some to consider it the most dangerous of all additives when heated. Going off the limited studies into the subject so far, the increased focus on PEG may be justified.

In fact, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine study found that one inhale of a PEG vape cartridge totaled 1.12% of the daily exposure limit to formaldehyde. Those results put it on the same level as smoking a cigarette.

Choosing the Right Vaping Product for Your Health: Factors to Consider

While vaping is often considered a less harmful alternative to traditional smoking, choosing the right product for your health and well-being is essential. Unfortunately, with numerous devices and e-liquids available on the market, it can be overwhelming to navigate your options. Below, we will discuss the key factors to consider when selecting a vaping product that aligns with your health needs and preferences.

Understand Your Goals

Before diving into the vaping world, it’s crucial to identify your goals and reasons for using these products. For example, are you using vaping as a tool to quit smoking? Are you seeking a healthier alternative to cigarettes? Understanding your motivations will help you make informed decisions about the type of device and e-liquid that best suit your needs.

Consider Nicotine Content

If you’re transitioning from smoking to vaping, the nicotine content is a crucial factor to consider. E-liquids come in various nicotine strengths, allowing you to choose a level that satisfies your cravings while gradually reducing your overall nicotine intake. If you want to quit nicotine altogether, consider using nicotine-free e-liquids as part of your cessation plan.

Choose High-Quality E-Liquids

Not all e-liquids are created equal, and the quality of the ingredients can significantly impact your health. When selecting an e-liquid, look for products that use pharmaceutical-grade propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) to ensure a higher purity level. In addition, avoid e-liquids containing potentially harmful ingredients, such as diacetyl or propionyl, and opt for those that provide transparent third-party lab test results.

Opt for Reputable Brands and Devices

Investing in a high-quality vaping device from a reputable brand is essential to minimize potential health risks. Look for devices with built-in safety features, such as short-circuit protection, temperature control, and overcharge protection. In addition, research the brand’s reputation, customer reviews, and product information to ensure you invest in a reliable and safe device.

Seek Professional Advice

If you’re uncertain which vaping product is right for you, consider seeking professional advice from a healthcare provider, vape shop expert, or online vaping community. They can offer personalized recommendations based on your needs, preferences, and health concerns.

Monitor Your Health and Adjust Accordingly

As you begin your vaping journey, paying close attention to your body and health is essential. Keep track of any changes or side effects you experience and adjust your vaping habits accordingly. This may include modifying your e-liquid’s nicotine content, changing flavors, or trying a different device. Always consult with a healthcare professional if you have concerns about the impact of vaping on your health.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common ingredients in vaping products?

Vaping products often contain several ingredients like propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, artificial flavors, and sweeteners. The first two, propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, are the base liquids in most e-liquids. Nicotine is added to provide a similar experience to smoking traditional cigarettes. The last two, artificial flavors and sweeteners, enhance the taste and aroma of the e-liquid. Some ingredients, such as nicotine and artificial flavors, have been linked to potential health risks, so knowing what’s in your vape is important. 

How do the ingredients in vaping products impact my health?

The health impact of the ingredients in vaping products is still being studied. Still, some studies have shown that certain ingredients, such as nicotine and artificial flavors, may have adverse health effects. For example, nicotine is a highly addictive substance that can lead to various health problems, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Artificial flavors and sweeteners are also linked to potential health risks, including respiratory issues and allergies. Thus, it’s important to be aware of the ingredients in your vaping products and to choose products from reputable brands that use high-quality ingredients. If you’re concerned about the health impact of vaping, it’s always best to talk to a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance.

Are there any harmful chemicals in vaping products?

There have been concerns about harmful chemicals in some vaping products. Some studies have shown that e-cigarettes can contain toxic substances, including heavy metals and volatile organic compounds. Additionally, the heating process used in vaping can break down the ingredients in e-liquids and produce harmful byproducts, such as formaldehyde and acrolein. 

It’s important to note that the quality and safety of vaping products can vary greatly, and it’s always best to choose products from reputable brands and do your research before making a purchase. To minimize the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals, it’s vital to use vaping products as directed and to follow manufacturer guidelines for safe use.

What should I consider and look for when selecting a vaping product to ensure it’s safe?

When choosing a vaping product, it’s important to consider several factors to ensure it’s safe:

  1. Look for products from reputable brands that use high-quality ingredients and follow strict safety and quality standards.
  2. Check the product label for a list of ingredients and to see if it has been certified by a reputable third-party organization.
  3. Research the product and read reviews from other users to better understand its safety and quality.
  4. Always use vaping products as directed and follow manufacturer guidelines for safe use to minimize the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals.

If you are worried about the safety of a vaping product, it’s always best to consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance.

Are there any alternative vaping products that are healthier and safer?

There are alternative vaping products that some users consider to be healthier and safer than traditional e-cigarettes. These alternatives include nicotine-free e-liquids, CBD vapes, and herbal vaporizers. Nicotine-free e-liquids do not contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive substance that can have adverse health effects. 

CBD vapes contain CBD, a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, which is said to have several health benefits without the “high” associated with THC. Herbal vaporizers use dried herbs, such as lavender and chamomile, to provide a natural and healthier vaping experience. It’s important to note that alternative vaping products’ safety and health benefits can vary greatly, and it’s always best to research and consult with a healthcare professional before using any vaping product.

Cleaner, Better Cannabis Vapes

With just a handful of studies currently available, it is that much more important that consumers understand what is going into their cartridges. This importance will only rise as the benefits of vaping becoming more apparent to buyers.

With faster absorption, higher purity and potency levels, CBD vape pens and Delta 8 vape pens provide a high-quality consuming experience. Don’t let a subpar product ruin the occasion or potentially, your health.

At TribeTokes, we aim to eliminate that concern. TribeTokes strives to provide consumers with full spectrum distillate infused with real cannabis terpenes and no thinning agents. Entirely derived from 100% hemp-based CBD, our cartridges and disposables offer users a superior vaping experience.

Learn more about the best vaping experience with our CBD vape starter kit or our Delta 8 vape starter kit. Our cutting-edge signature Saber battery provides consumers with a discreet, clean consuming experience without any PEG, PG, MCT, VG, or any other thinning agents.

Contact us to learn more about all-natural CBD vape pens. We’re happy to help!

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