It’s not the vaporizers themselves that have contributed to the recent health concerns in the media, but rather it’s the carcinogenic additives found in dirty distillate that are causing problems.
First, let’s define what distillate is.
Cannabis plants contain hundreds of compounds, such as cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. Each compound from the plant affects the body’s endocannabinoid system, the system that helps regulate the body’s main roles and bring it into homeostasis, or a state of balance. The endocannabinoid system is made up of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and metabolic enzymes. They interact with each other to regulate functions like appetite, hormones, stress and anxiety, mood, digestion, and internal temperature.
When cannabis concentrates are created, the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes are pulled through extraction. In order to get the purest form possible, there are multiple extraction processes that must occur. First, the compounds must be extracted from the plant with hydrocarbon or CO2 solvent-based extraction, followed by using solvents to remove anything undesirable. Through further refinement, distillate remains a cannabis extract that’s been removed of all materials, such as lipids and fats, to create a product with the desired compound, such as THC or CBD. Distillate is the main ingredient in vaporizer cartridges, and is also the base ingredient found in many cannabis edible products.
Problems arise when people vape dirty distillate, meaning cannabis that was grown with heavy fertilizer or pesticides on the black market. When the crude oil of dirty distillate is extracted, the amount of pesticides and heavy metal residue from fertilizers is amplified, leaving you with a toxic product.
Clean distillate, on the other hand, is made with tested cannabis from the legal market. It’s grown with a license with strict restrictions on pesticides and heavy metal residues. Clean distillate is significantly more expensive to acquire, which is why the black market is still popular and leads to many of the health issues that you may have seen in the news recently.
Now that you understand what distillate is, and the importance of clean distillate for our health, let’s talk about what a vaporizer is and how it works.
Rather than lighting the concentrate on fire, vaping heats the distillate to its boiling point. It skips the burning all together, and instead transforms cannabis into carcinogen-free vapour.
Our cannabis has to pass rigorous lab tests to create an end product that is safe, fertilizer and pesticide-free. When you invest in a safe vape pen, each of your draws will be smooth, clean and consistent.
There are two main reasons our vaporizers are safe:
Firstly, we source vaporizers with the best burning systems on the market that only burn distillate, not additives. This is crucial to safe vaping since many vaporizers require the addition of polyethylene glycol, and the long-term health effects of using this chemical to dilute the concentrate are still unknown.
Secondly, our vaporizers use ceramic heating cells, the most trusted heating cells on the market that can reach high temperatures without burning the clean distillate. Not only does this technology maintain the consistency of each draw, but it also preserves the taste and terpene profile of the concentrate. This is especially important when talking about health due to the fact that terpenes contain the plant’s potential medicinal properties that may help to support medical cannabis users’ health conditions. As discussed previously, terpenes interact with the other molecules in the cannabis plant and bind to cells and receptors to potentially produce physiological effects.
With the combination of our safe, clean, filler and additive-free distillate and our vaporizers that use the latest technology to preserve terpene profiles, you can help mitigate the health risks of vaporizing your dry herbs or concentrate. Browse our selection of portable and desktop vaporizers, and check out our new pre-filled vape pens and cartridges for easy, safe and hassle-free vaping.