What CBD Users Can Learn From Recent Vape Related Illnesses

The recent vape deaths and serious respiratory illnesses have everyone alarmed about vape products.  Like vaping, the popularity of CBD is relatively new.  CBD is also available in vape cartridges, which makes the vape related illnesses of direct importance to CBD users and the CBD industry.  We in the CBD industry can learn a few things from this tragedy.

First, I’d like to say, as I’ve written in previous blog posts, vaping CBD is an unnecessary method of delivery.  It enters the blood stream a bit faster than the sublingual route (under the tongue), but you’re putting your lungs and life at risk when you decide to inhale chemicals – even if the substance is natural like CBD.  CBD is extracted from the hemp plant using various types of solvents that you wouldn’t want to vape or smoke.  The solvents are supposed to be purged from the CBD at the end of the extraction process, but depending on the extraction company, you could be left with a whole lot of solvent in your CBD.  The solvents used for CBD may include non-toxic ethanol and CO2 OR gasoline based toxic solvents like pentane and butane.  This is why it’s important for a CBD company to lab test its CBD products for residual solvents to make sure no toxic solvents remain in the product.

The CDC is investigating the vape related deaths and illnesses and is finding that most of the victims had used bootlegged THC products.  However, I’d guess that some of the users didn’t feel comfortable reporting the truth and its likely that all of the affected users had used bootlegged THC products.  You can view the CDC’s official reporting page here.  This connects to CBD in that there are hundreds of brands of CBD oil popping up all over the place.  You can find it in your gas station, liquor store, cigar shop, and just about anywhere.  Some gas stations are selling CBD for super cheap too!  That begs the question, where are they getting this super cheap CBD?  Because good quality, lab tested CBD is not cheap to come by…unless it’s coming from somewhere potentially unsafe.

At one time our company was looking for a new source of CBD raw material and found a local company using refrigerant (safe according to the World Health Organization) as a solvent, which is extremely rare to the industry.  They are the only company I know of that is doing that.  No chemistry lab can currently test for residual refrigerant left in the product.  The CBD supplier produced to me a Certificate of Analysis showing no residual solvents, but their solvent wasn’t on the test list, because nobody tests for it.  How, then, can they be sure they’ve purged their product to safe levels?  Furthermore, my lab’s chemist explained that, when heated, that particular refrigerant would be toxic.  Needless to say, we do not work with this particular supplier.

For CBD users, when you’re looking to purchase CBD to take for yourself, or to give to someone you love, don’t you want to know for sure it’s a good quality and safe CBD product?  It is imperative that you don’t just find the cheapest CBD oil you can.  You need to find a CBD oil company you can trust.  They should be able to tell you what extraction method is used to extract the CBD.  They must have Certificates of Analysis (COA) available for review at any time to show its products are safe and those COAs must show they tested for the particular solvent used to extract the CBD.

At R and Remedy, we test every batch of CBD for purity and residual solvents before we put it into production.  Our supplier also tests their CBD and has their tests available to us for inspection.  We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure we have the highest quality CBD products available.  We make all of our oils and products in small batches using current Good Manufacturing Principles and organic ingredients.  This is why we can honestly say we’re the best CBD oil and CBD salve company in Phoenix, Arizona.

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