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Vitamin E Acetate in Weed Vape Products: What You Need to Know

Feb 3

Eight related fat-soluble substances comprise the vitamin E family. Vitamin E acetate, the most well-known member of the group, has been used as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant for decades. Due to its capacity to postpone oxidation and rancidity, it is also widely used in cannabis vape products. This article will define Vitamin E acetate and explain its use in cannabis vaporizers.

What is Vitamin E Acetate, and What Health Benefits Does It Provide?

Vitamin E is often seen as healthy when ingested in the appropriate doses and preparations. This antioxidant has been shown in multiple studies to improve the symptoms of a variety of illnesses, including Alzheimer's disease, blood problems, and menstrual cramp pain.

Vitamin E is a major element in both cosmetics and food, although cosmetics are by far the more common application. Studies indicate that inhaling very high quantities of vitamin E can be harmful, although these regular ways of vitamin E administration are quite safe.

Due to inhalation, it transforms into a highly reactive molecule that can cause harm to the lungs and other respiratory system organs. It frequently appears as an oily liquid, but oxidizes swiftly in the presence of oxygen.

Why Is It Applied to Vaporizers?

Vitamin E is occasionally used as a preservative in vape cartridges to prevent the oils from oxidizing and spoiling. It is frequently added to cartridge oils as a thickener or diluent to make them more durable.

When oxygen combines with molecules, oxidation can result in power loss, altered flavor profiles (varying from pungent like black pepper to fatty like fish), and the production of potentially hazardous compounds.

At one point, vitamin E acetate was one of the most frequently used additives in vape cartridges that contained both cannabis and nicotine. As information regarding the additive's potential dangers has become more publicly known, its once widespread use has decreased.

Vitamin E Acetate Vaping Possibilities

It has been established that inhaling vitamin E is dangerous. Nonetheless, a preliminary study indicates that the oily substance can attach to lung tissue, hence raising the risk of lung damage.

In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers discovered vitamins in the lungs of 94% (48 of 51) of patients with symptoms of e-cigarette use, but none in the lungs of 99 healthy volunteers.

How Can One Determine Whether a Vape Pen Contains Vitamin E Acetate?

In contrast to nicotine-based vaping products, for which the Food and Drug Administration has been able to regulate the additive's use, THC-based vaping products have proven to be much more difficult to regulate due to the fact that marijuana laws vary from state to state and remain illegal at the federal level.

Still, out of worry for their customers' health, the majority of cannabis vape manufacturers have discontinued using the component. None of Diego Pellicer's products contain this ingredient.

Reading the list of ingredients on a product's label is the easiest way to identify whether or not it contains vitamin E, which may be useful if you are concerned about the safety of something you have purchased. Any reputable manufacturer will specify on the label whether or not the product contains animal products. If the ingredient list is missing (or if you have already discarded it), consider where you purchased the items. Carcinogenic substances are more likely to be present in products sold on the dark web or in underground markets.

Different Vaping Products

Fortunately, several alternative additives are available and can be utilized. Vegetable glycerin is one of these additives since it is fully safe even when exposed to oxygen and can prevent oxidation by reducing the amount of oxygen that can reach it. Also, propylene glycol will serve the same function without delivering any of the beneficial antioxidants present in oils such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"People do not use e-cigarettes or vaping products containing THC, especially from informal sources such as friends, relatives, or in-person or online merchants," according to the CDC's official guidance.

This second aspect is relevant in the context of THC vapes, as the CDC has reported the following data on the sources of THC vape products among hospitalized patients with vitamin E acetate-associated lung injury:

The overwhelming majority (78%) of respondents indicated they have never purchased anything from a formal retailer.

16% of those asked stated that they have never searched elsewhere for their goods, never using non-commercial sources.

6% indicated that they utilized both formal and informal methods to get items.

Closing Ideas

Before making a purchase, you may need to conduct further research because cannabis is not as strictly regulated as other items. Perhaps the best piece of advice is to remain loyal to a vape brand once you have determined that it does not contain potentially harmful components. 

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