When we say, Better People, Better Planet™ - we mean it. Our existence is to provide the highest quality wellness products possible. It’s important to us, and we know it’s important to you.
We are about safety, not just sales.
Many customers ask why we don’t offer a vape pen with our premium full spectrum oil. People are vaping all over the place. It’s easy and convenient. Well, a growing body of evidence indicates that vaping oil products may be dangerous to your health. Health advocates now recommend caution in using them in light of continuous studies suggesting that their risks, especially to young people, outweigh their benefits.
Until there is a tested and approved safe vape device and liquid, we will not offer a vape option for sale on the Vitalibis website. So far, nothing has convinced us otherwise – and we’ve looked at many of them closely.
Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling an aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an electronic device. Generally, a vaping device consists of several parts: a mouthpiece, a battery, a cartridge for containing the e-liquid or e-juice, and a heating component for the device that is powered by a battery.
When the electronic device is used, the battery heats up the heating component, which turns the contents of the e-liquid into an aerosol that is inhaled into the lungs and then exhaled. The two areas of biggest concern are 1) the vape juice being used and 2) the heavy metals which may emit from many of the vape devices.
The most common solutions used in vape juice are: Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400), and medium chain triglycerides (MCT, like coconut oil).
PG and PEG chemicals are not used by safe skincare companies, so be cautious about inhaling these chemicals into your lungs. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) classifies PG as “generally recognized as safe” for food products, but this assessment was based on toxicity studies that did not involve heating and breathing propylene glycol into the lungs (thus into the blood stream). Additionally, the Environment Canada Domestic Substance List shows PG as “classified as expected to be toxic or harmful”. Given this, we are staying clear of putting a vape product onto our website for sale.
Vape device metal coils reach temperatures between 160 to 230˚C. At that heat, PEG is known to produce a large amount of acetaldehyde and formaldehyde, which are two carcinogens. These ingredients should not be inhaled into the lungs.
When propylene glycol is heated by a red-hot metal coil, the potential harm from inhalation exposure increases. High voltage heat can transform propylene glycol and other vaping additives into carbonyls. Carbonyls are a group of cancer-causing chemicals that includes formaldehyde, an International Agency for Research on Cancer group 1 carcinogen.
Vegetable Glycerin is commonly used as a thinning agent for vape oils because it produces the largest vapor clouds. There is some evidence that it can cause stiffness in the soft coverings of the lungs in some individuals. Again, not something we as a brand want to support at this time.
WARNING: we'd like to also highlight a very dangerous chemical for your to avoid - Vitamin E acetate. This sounds innocent right? It's not. Vitamin E can be found in almonds and avocados, and the oil derived from it is commonly used in beauty products and nutritional supplements. But inhaling it could pose serious risks. The oil, vitamin E acetate, acts like a grease coating a vaper’s lungs.
We offer up this Google search to many people, so they can read for themselves:
A study was conducted by scientists at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They examined devices owned by 56 users, finding a significant number of them generated aerosol with unsafe levels of lead, nickel, chromium and manganese.
We’ve heard and read about different perspectives on vaping. Those who run vape companies or sell vape devices tend to say the studies are incorrect and one-sided. They cite some of their own findings which support why vaping is not unhealthy. The other side of the argument has a large amount of research evidence to the contrary.
Given this wide range of conflicting information, we are keeping our brand on the safe side. Our research shows that premium, high quality oils are still the safest and most effective method to realize the health and wellness benefits of full spectrum hemp oils.