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New Study Finds Vaping Doesn’t Weaken Immune System Like Smoking

With all the negative headlines in the media these days surrounding vaping, after people fell sick and even died from tainted vape juice, a new study has concluded something good about vaping, especially when compared to smoking tobacco.

Scientists from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette gave mice a strong dose of Streptococcus pneumoniae – the strain that leads to the majority of cases of pneumonia caught commonly by people in the street or workplace. The crux of the study carried out on the mice was that vaping appeared to have less of a negative effect on the immune system than smoking. And while smoking tobacco increases the risk of catching pneumonia, vaping does not seem to do the same. While tobacco smoke can activate genes of the bacteria and lead to issues, according to the study, vapor did not.

The recent controversy concerning vaping hit hard and has left many people sick or, worse still, deceased. Since the start of 2019, more than 2,000 people in the U.S. have become ill from vaping, while 47 people across 25 states have lost their lives. The concerns almost exclusively surround tainted vape juice from pre-filled cartridges that contained THC – the psychoactive compound in cannabis and hemp. The cases were not reported from those using nicotine vapes (which have been on the market for a decade and caused no major health issues) or from people who vape CBD – the therapeutic, non-psychoactive element in cannabis and hemp.

According to a Daily Mail report, Dr. Ritwij Kulkarni, the corresponding author and an assistant professor of immunology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, explained, “We don’t know the effects e-cigarette vapor has on us or our microbiome. Since our lab’s focus is bacterial respiratory infections, we decided to work on pneumococcus, which is a deadly pathogen and a colonizer of the upper respiratory tract,” he said. At the same time, it’s no secret that smoking increases the risk of pneumonia, as a 1999 American College of Chest Physicians study found. That study found that people who were smoking 20 cigarettes per day or more were three times more likely to catch pneumonia than people who never smoked cigarettes.

Being that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that pneumonia leads to the deaths of around 50,000 Americans annually, it is considered officially to be one of the leading causes of death in terms of contracted infections. The recent study on mice looked closely at gene expression patterns in the mice, who were given either e-liquid vapor with nicotine, e-liquid vapor without nicotine, and cigarette smoke. The findings were interesting and quite compelling, even if they were only results from mice. The researchers found that e-liquid vapor without nicotine “switched on” just 14 genes. E-liquid with nicotine activated 264 genes, and smoke from tobacco switched on 982 genes. Of those genes, most were in some way involved in stress response, and that’s one factor that increases the likelihood of getting an infection.

As Dr. Kulkarni concluded, according to the same report, “Our work is part of a long series of observations coming from a number of research labs trying to define what effects e-cigarette vapor exposure may have on human health and to differentiate between the effects of flavoring chemicals and nicotine.” At the same time, according to Carlos A. Gonzalez, Ph.D., who published the previous research related to smoking and pneumonia, smoke from tobacco causes oxidative stress and alters responses of inflammatory cells.

It was only a matter of time before researchers would set up experiments to check the safety and dangers of vaping as compared to smoking, especially in light of the recent and grave vaping controversy.  “Our work is part of a long series of observations coming from a number of research labs trying to define what effects e-cigarette vapor exposure may have on human health, and to differentiate between the effects of flavoring chemicals and nicotine,” added Dr. Kulkarni, “Exposure to cigarette smoke is a key risk factor for pneumonia because it affects the physiology and immune responses of the respiratory tract and augments the virulence of pathogens colonizing the nasopharyngeal mucosa,” according to the report.

The latest study is a step in the right direction for vaping, and especially for vapers who have given up smoking cigarettes and were concerned about the recent controversy. The best advice, for now, is still to stay away from THC-based e-liquids and cartridges until further clarification is forthcoming from bodies like the FDA and CDC. Bear in mind that PhenoPen contains no THC and is made from 100% pure hemp extract with no other additives, solvents or heavy metals. Each PhenoPen cartridge contains 300mg of CBD at a concentration of 59.7% per 500mg cartridge for potent and long-lasting CBD relief.

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Why Comprehensive Third-Party Lab Test Results Are Vital For Vapers

When it comes to protecting one’s health, nothing can be more important than ensuring that the things you put into your body are safe. That’s the very reason why many people turn to vaping instead of smoking in the first place. However, due to vaping being an unregulated industry for the time being, one of the only safety nets vapers have is bonafide third-party lab results.

The last thing anyone wants is to be inhaling heavy metals, solvents, or nasty pesticides, and that’s one reason why those independent lab results are so vital. Any reputable company within the world of CBD will go to lengths to ensure their products are rigorously tested by objective, third-party labs who are approved and well-respected in the industry. Lab results are a vital part of the puzzle when buying CBD, and that’s down to the fact that the vaping industry is unregulated. Without going into too much detail here, there are no FDA standards for CBD in vape or nicotine vape liquids as they are still not approved products. That’s why the most reputable CBD (and nicotine) vape manufacturers send their products to approved labs for testing.

Controversial Vaping Reports

Recent news reports have been worrying for vapers, and even that’s an understatement. Uninformed reporting from certain mainstream media outlets made out that the numerous lung injuries from vaping reported applied to all vaping products. However, as it turns out, according to a recent announcement from the FDA, all of the cases of respiratory issues and tragic fatalities came from THC vape liquid and not from nicotine or CBD products. The culprit causing the lung issues, which affected more than a thousand people in one way or another, is thought to be a substance called “vitamin E acetate.” The FDA tested hundreds of THC-based E-liquids, and many of them contained this chemical, which is seemingly harmful to humans when vaporized.

Substantial Lab Tests

While traditional lab testing analyzes the carrier liquids in E-liquid, it also offers a cannabinoid profile where THC or CBD vapes are concerned. But, more importantly still, are the tests for pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, molds, fungi, and most importantly, vitamin E acetate. It’s also advisable to only purchase products from companies who test their materials on a batch-by-batch basis. It isn’t cheap for companies to do that, but the best ones in the industry do so to offer their customers extra peace of mind. Checking for microbiological contaminants batch-by-batch is certainly “best practice,” especially in the unregulated vaping environment of today.

Reading Results

Reading lab test results correctly is another vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to buying vaping products and especially CBD vape juices. The cannabinoid profile will inform you of the amounts and percentages of CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes in the plant that are in the sample. The tests confirming no heavy metals, pesticides, or solvents are in the mix are reasonably straight forward and are displayed in an easy to understand format on the official test documents. Usually, the word “pass” will be shown clearly in the results next to the heavy metals and other environmental contaminants that could have found their way into the product.

Vitamin E Acetate (Tocopherol) Testing

In light of the recent lung issues which spanned 25 states and affected both men and women of all ages, possibly the most vital lab test to look out for (and to insist on) is the one for Tocopherol – the technical term for vitamin E acetate. It costs extra for companies to commission this additional testing, and even though it’s thought to only apply to THC-based liquids, one should err on the side of caution in any event. More and more vape suppliers are having their products tested for vitamin E acetate, as they should, and customers should verify these results exist before purchasing vaping products online or from dispensaries.

Why Choose PhenoPen?

PhenoPen is a premium CBD vaping experience that’s great for people suffering from inflammation, pain, insomnia, and anxiety. It’s also good for people who want to remain calm in stressful situations, and for those wanting something natural than can help to improve their mood. PhenoPen’s sleek, high-quality vape pen contains a proprietary blend of CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes. But the special thing about PhenoPen is that there’s no PG, VG, or MCT carrier liquids in the mix, just 100% pure hemp extract. PhenoPen contains 59.7% CBD content and 300mg of CBD per 500mg cartridge. That translates to roughly 1mg of finest CBD per puff, and that’s handy when it comes to controlling the right CBD dose for you.

PhenoPen’s most recent batch of CBD has been rigorously tested by DB Labs in Las Vegas, and we’re pleased to confirm that our proprietary hemp extract vape contains no heavy metals, solvents, fungi or vitamin E acetate. You can view the full DB Labs results in a clear and concise format in PDF form at this link: DB labs – PhenoPen – Hemp Extract Test Results – 23.10.2019

New FDA Vape Test Results Validate Products Like PhenoPen 

Many people are relieved that the FDA has finally released its preliminary findings regarding devastating lung issues caused by contaminated vape liquid. While the FDA’s findings are worrying, they’re also a small victory for nicotine vapers.

Vapers have had some serious cause for concern in recent months, with sometimes daily news headlines reporting another death caused by vaping. Since the start of 2019, more than 1300 cases of lung issues connected with vaping had been reported in the US. Both the FDA and the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control) have been scrambling for months to get a hold on the situation. At the same time, the whole tragic debacle left many in the vaping industry scratching their heads, trying to fathom what happened and why there have been virtually zero lung issues associated with vaping since it was invented and brought market around a decade ago. With 1300 reported cases within a year and 28 of those ending in fatalities, it was evident to many that traditional nicotine vape liquid was most likely not the culprit here and that THC vapes were to blame.

Tainted Vape Liquid

Of the reported cases, 28 ended fatally, and almost all of those cases have been associated with vape juice containing THC (from cannabis) and not from conventional nicotine products. In vaping talk, vape pods (also known as cartridges) are usually pre-filled or “closed” pod systems that contain vape liquid. Vape liquid (also known as E-juice, E-liquid, and Vape Juice) usually contains liquid carriers called PG and VG. These carriers are essential as they enable the nicotine or other active compounds to be turned from a liquid into vapor. From the vaping-related fatalities reported, there appears to have been an ingredient called vitamin E acetate, which was detected during testing. Some assume that this ingredient is the culprit causing all the issues, while others are suggesting that vitamin E acetate may simply be a by-product of THC in vape form.

Black Market Vape Pods

The FDA’s preliminary findings from more than 1000 samples tested in laboratories and collected from 25 states where lung issues or fatalities were reported were interesting. The samples, collected by the FDA from vapers, hospitals, and other institutions, almost exclusively contained THC from cannabis and are most likely from black market vape pods containing a noxious liquid filler. The FDA’s website, where the announcement was made on November 8th, noted that  “The FDA has not found one product or substance that is involved in all of the cases; however, we do know that THC is present in most of the samples being tested.” That could explain why nicotine vapers seem to be unaffected by the latest crisis and that it’s those interested in (illegally purchased) cannabis products that have been affected.

Preliminary FDA Lab Findings

Here is a simple breakdown of the FDA’s findings from the samples tested according to the details provided by the FDA on their official website:

  • 850 of the samples collected were connected to lung issues in patients
  • 595 of the samples have been tested
  • 419 of the samples were found to contain THC
  • Half of those 419 THC-containing samples were found to contain a poisonous diluent called vitamin E acetate.
  • The percentages of vitamin E acetate found in samples tested ranged from 23% to 88%
  • 22% of the 419 samples tested were found to contain other diluents including MCT (medium-chain triglycerides)
  • At least 300 samples have been linked to more than 50 patients
  • 80% of these patients had associations with THC-based products
  • 74% of the reported cases contained vitamin E acetate

Vaping Safe E-Juice

In light of the FDA’s preliminary findings from samples tested, traditional nicotine vapers are feeling a little more relaxed. At the same time, those who benefit from vaping CBD – a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis and hemp associated with various therapeutic uses – are also feeling vindicated by the FDA’s results. As it stands, even though the findings are not yet conclusive, THC vapes are the culprit here, and as long as those are avoided, there should be zero health issues from vaping.

Due to the vaping crisis, even though the PhenoPen scientists knew that our pure hemp CBD vape extract was safe, we wanted to err on the side of caution and carry out substantial lab tests. Our intention here was primarily to ensure that our vape juice contains no vitamin E acetate, heavy metals, or other dangerous chemicals. We were thrilled when the lab tests, carried out by the renowned DB Labs in Las Vegas, came back completely clean. As well as showing a detailed cannabinoid profile, the test results also confirm there are no nasties in PhenoPen extract, and that includes various molds, solvents, and vitamin E acetate.

The new PhenoPen test results carried out at the end of October 2019, offer great peace of mind to existing PhenoPen customers and new ones alike. We instructed DB Labs to carry out special tests for various pesticides and Plant Growth Regulators. We also tested explicitly for vitamin E acetate and were pleased to confirm what we already knew; that PhenoPen’s proprietary 100% pure hemp extract is safe to vape and poses no threat to health at all.

You can view the full DB Labs results in a clear and concise format in PDF form at this link: DB labs – PhenoPen – Hemp Extract Test Results – 23.10.2019

Vaping Crisis Threatens To Return Smokers To Tobacco

With all the shocking headlines in the media these days about vaping, it’s little wonder that ex-smokers in their droves face the real possibility of returning to smoking tobacco.

Vaping devices (also known as e-cigarettes and vape pens) were invented around ten years ago, primarily as a smoking-cessation device to help those wanting to give up smoking tobacco, whether in cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. After years of not-so-successful nicotine chewing gums and transdermal patches, tasty nicotine-infused vape juices (e-liquids) grew to popularity. Vaping is considered many times safer than smoking tobacco, or at least it was until recently.

Worrying Trend

To date, roughly 1300 known cases of lung injuries associated with vaping have been reported in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of those, 28 ended fatally, and all the cases have been associated with vape juice containing THC (from cannabis) and not from conventional nicotine products. By way of a response, various snap decisions have been made at both state and federal levels who have, in some cases, banned flavored vape juices and even e-cigarettes.

Despite years of no lung issues for ex-smokers who moved to vape, tainted THC e-liquids containing additives such as Vitamin E Acetate and even Hydrogen Cyanide have led to some terrible lung injuries. A suspicious vape cloud of mystery and uncertainty pervades the whole issue as various authorities scramble to come to terms with the “crisis.”

The real tragedy here is that the new snap regulations, aimed at stopping or at least curtailing the lung injury epidemic, may achieve little more than turning tens of thousands of ex-smokers back to tobacco. Ironically and almost comically, tobacco is readily available despite clear knowledge that it kills thousands of people each year. Shockingly, CDC figures from 2018 confirmed that around 480,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related illnesses; that’s approximately 1,300 deaths per day from smoking.

At the same time, the CDC estimates that 11 million Americans use nicotine-based vaping products. With the recently reported figure of 1,300 cases of vaping related issues, that represents only a fraction of the 11 million estimated vapers.

Black Market Products

With all that said, the media, on the whole, has failed miserably to report the facts of the vaping crisis responsibly. The main point they missed there was that all of the cases come from black market THC vaping e-liquids and pre-filled cartridges which contain dangerous additives such as Vitamin E acetate.

While the government in the USA struggles to come to terms with the vaping problems, even in a small way, the UK has a clearer and more somber approach to the matter. The National Health Service in the UK even offers those wanting to stop smoking guidance and assistance to obtain e-cigarettes, while they claim vaping is “up to 95% safer than smoking.”

It would be the height of irony if the misinformation about the issues with tainted vape juice and cartridges ultimately turned ex-smokers back to smoking. There are even those who’ve suggested a conspiracy theory involving big tobacco aimed at increasing revenue to that industry, which was previously ‘stolen’ by vaping.

For the time being, what is known is that vaping is safer than smoking, at least in the short-term, although any long-term effects of vaping remain unclear, and that presents a problem for vapers and researchers interested in studying vaping alike. If it turns out that long-term vaping is, in fact, as harmful to the lungs as smoking, a whole industry will crumble overnight. At the same time, there are steps one can take to ensure that the vape juice they buy is “clean,” and that’s a priority for vapers at the moment.

Buying Safe E-liquid

Leaving aside the unknown long-term effects of vaping, there are ways to make sure you’re purchasing e-liquid, which is safe for vaping by checking several things before you buy:

  • Only buy e-liquid (vape juice) from reputable vendors in the CBD industry
  • Read customer reviews
  • If vaping PG, VG or MCT concerns you, opt for 100% pure hemp extract vape juice
  • Check third-party lab results
  • Ideally, buy from companies who send their CBD for testing on a batch-by-batch basis

If you’re interested to know more about the advantages of vaping pure hemp extract, check out THIS ARTICLE. For more information about PhenoPen benefits, advantages, and products CLICK HERE.

Vape Lung Seemingly Not Connected To Pure Hemp Extract CBD

Recent news reports have sent the vaping industry into a spin, and with good reason. Following shocking reports of people dying after consuming tainted vape liquid, it turns out that all of the cases included items purchased on the black market, from street dealers or pop-up markets. The incidents are still shrouded in some mystery as various authorities scramble to isolate the offending material in the vape juice pods.

For the time being, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA are attempting to get a hold on the situation. Many commentators have noted time and time again that the vaping industry – both for nicotine and cannabis extracts – needs regulating to avoid nasty chemicals getting into vape pods and E-liquids. For their part, the CDC has warned people against using vaping devices as they carry out their investigations.

While some media reports claim that up to 450 people have been affected by the tainted vape pods, it appears that up to five people may have died from the offending vape pods. Dana Meaney Delman from the CDC released the following statement about the crisis.

“CDC, states, and other partners are actively investigating, but so far, no definitive cause has been established. No specific e-cigarette device or substance has been linked to all cases, and e-cigarette includes a variety of chemical and additives; consumers may not know what these products contain,” she said, adding, “Based on the clinical and laboratory evidence to date, we believe that chemical exposure is likely associated with these illnesses. However, and I really want to stress this, more information is needed to determine which specific products or substances are involved,” she said.

Is Vitamin E acetate the culprit?

According to various media reports, a substance called Vitamin E acetate is potentially to blame for the lung issues reported. Vitamin E acetate is officially called Tocopheryl Acetate and is a common vitamin supplement used in various skin creams, and is associated with beneficial antioxidant effects. While it may be a good thing to add to skincare products, the same apparently cannot be said when used as a vape additive. On September 5th, 2019, the FDA in America announced that 10 of the 18 cannabis vape liquid samples tested, all contained vitamin E acetate.

E-Cigarettes or Cannabis Vapes?

It has to be noted that almost all of the cases of lung issues reported involved pods containing THC extract (the psychoactive element in cannabis) and not conventional E-cigarettes containing nicotine or CBD. With that said, as vaping is unregulated, no one really knows the source of the problem with any clarity. Some of the samples tested also contained nicotine, confusing matters even further. Those in the vaping community who only use devices for vaping nicotine-infused vape pens are still claiming on the whole that the issue only affects THC vape pods and liquids.

PG and VG Vs. Pure Hemp Extract

With all the current controversy surrounding vaping, it’s vital to ensure that you’re buying products from reputable vendors who sell safe E-liquid (whether CBD, THC or nicotine). While the victims of the tainted vape juice all appear to have come from black market, THC vape pods, third-party lab reports are a must always when it comes to purchasing vaping products.

PG and VG

The majority of E-liquid and vape pods on the market today contain VG (Vegetable Glycerin) and PG (Propylene Glycol). These are food-grade, chemical-based liquids which enable the compounds to be vaporized in an appropriate device. These liquids are approved by the FDA when it comes to being used in foods but not for vaping. Very few incidents of even short-term medical issues or hospitalization have been reported from conventional and CBD/THC e-Liquid users, however, the long-term effects of vaping these liquids remain unknown.

Pure Hemp Extract

There are a limited number of CBD vendors who manufacture vape pens or E-liquids using pure hemp extract. There’s a process whereby neither VG or PG is used as the carrier liquid in E-cigarettes. Some companies, including PhenoPen, utilize a special process whereby moisture from the extracted hemp plants is mixed together with various cannabinoids to produce a vape liquid that is 100% pure, organic hemp and nothing else.

PhenoPen – Pure Hemp Extract Vaporizer

The good news for those wanting to vape CBD safely is that PhenoPen uses none of the chemicals or synthetic liquids associated with the recent CDC and FDA warnings. Moreover, PhenoPen contains a potent 59.7% CBD concentration, other minor cannabinoids and natural terpenes from the hemp plant, with a total of 150mg of CBD per 0.5ml cartridge. PhenoPen only uses 100% Hemp Extract as the carrier liquid in PhenoPen cartridges. PhenoPen also presents transparent, batch-by-batch, third-party lab reports showing all the ingredients inside.

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