No Smoking Day | Smoking OUT – Inhale IN

Time to discover the real difference between smoking, vaping,

and inhaler.

“No Smoking Day” 2022 takes place on 9th March. As part of our vision as a company to increase awareness for a healthier life, we thought you may find this article interesting.

We’re no stranger to the dangers of smoking. Most smokers had their first cigarette under 18, likely due to peer pressure, and haven’t stopped since. The tingling, burning sensation in the throat felt by first-time smokers is the body reacting to foreign and dangerous substances.

Tobacco contains toxic chemicals like nicotine and cyanide, which are lethal in large doses. Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are toxins found in coal, oils, and gasoline. PAHs are emitted the combustion process of lighting a cigarette, creating problems with secondhand smoke. Short-term effects of smoking might be bad breath, asthma and increased risk of illness and injury. Lung damage, stroke, cancer, gum disease, skin problems, pulmonary and heart disease are some of the debilitating long-term effects of chronic smoking.

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E-Cigarettes – What you’re friends don’t know, but

A common misconception is that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to and similar to vapes. However, there is very little research on the long-term safety of E-cigarettes. A meta-analysis of 800 studies from the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine concluded that e-cigarettes emit several toxic substances such as acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde.
These chemicals may cause asthma, coughing, and wheezing in young adults and increase the risk of serious disease in the long term. Secondhand smoke inhalation from E-cigarettes contains emissions found in engine exhaust and heavy metals. There is also no evidence that using e-cigarettes can help individuals quit smoking.

Vaping – What’s in the extract?

A lot of vape extracts contain additives like PG, VG, and artificial flavors to avoid the bitter taste of hemp. Propylene glycol (PG) is a petroleum-based, sugar found in a wide range of medical and beauty products, toiletries, and pet food. PG is colorless, odorless, and easily absorbs nicotine and flavoring, making it an ideal base for vape pens. (VG) is the sweet-tasting, oil-based chemical responsible for creating big ‘clouds of smoke’ due to its density.
VG is smoother compared to PG, which leaves a gruff sensation on the throat. PG and VG are typically mixed in equal proportion and enhanced with nicotine, , THC, and artificial flavorings for consistency and taste. PG and VG are relatively safe but long-term effects are unknown, and other problematic ingredients like Vitamin E acetate have been known to make their way into vape solutions. An alternative, healthier oil called (coconut oil) can be used in place of PG and VG, but these products are harder to find.

Is CBD Safe to Smoke?

Inhalation is the most efficient way to consume CBD since it enters the lungs instantly and is easily absorbed into the bloodstream. CBD alone is not toxic, but lighting a CBD cigarette stimulates combustion and releases PAHs, leading to the same respiratory concerns as smoking tobacco. Vaping is a better alternative to CBD flowers and is also more cost-effective since only a small dose is needed for a powerful effect. But not all vape devices are created equal. The best way to avoid harsh or unfamiliar chemicals is to use 100% pure hemp-based inhalation devices. These contain no PG, VG, solvents, toxic metals, or additives. The CBD is absorbed just as fast without any burning or combustion process.

What is so special about the PhenoPen inhaler?

PhenoPen may be the best solution for those who are looking for a 100% pure hemp extract with zero additives, solvents, and chemicals. Our potent formula contains 75% total cannabinoids and is cost-effective compared to other methods.
How so? Our PhenoPen utilizes an inhalation-by-evaporation method, so unlike cigarettes, the PhenoPen does not require a combustion process. This means no harsh chemicals are released and more CBD is conserved since no burning takes place. The temperature is much lower and targeted to preserve the active ingredients over time and maximize bioavailability, the amount of CBD absorbed by the body. 
The CBD extract is purer, more durable, and economical since evaporation requires the use of less CBD in order to have the same effect.

Our highly concentrated solution is naturally hemp flavored and since CBD fumes are odorless, the device can be used in enclosed spaces. If you’re looking to finally kick the habit, anxietypaininsomnia, or simply unwind when you get home – this device is for you!

The Verdict

For those wanting to vape medicinal elements of cannabis and hemp, it’s worth looking out for CBD products that are made from 100% pure hemp extract. Avoid using nicotine, tobacco, or any delivery method that includes a burning process. Look out for any additives in your extract to make sure you’re getting the best CBD without any unwanted short or long-term effects.

Whichever CBD products you’re looking into, we’re happy to check its contents to ensure you have a safe, positive experience. Just ask!

Are There Risks Associated With Vaping PG and VG?

Time to know what is PG and VG and what you should know about it

THC is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis and it can be mixed with vape liquids to be taken in a vaporizer. However, the vape pods which led to the are thought to have contained another additive called Vitamin E acetate. It’s unclear why this substance, which is clearly not safe for , was put into the vape liquid, although some have suggested that it’s to do with consistency. We’re taking a closer look at the primary ingredients in vape liquids; namely PG, VG, and .

What is PG?
 
PG stands for Propylene Glycol and it belongs to the alcohol chemical class of additives but is non-intoxicating. PG, like VG, is considered to be sugar alcohol and is found in a range of everyday products. PG is a petroleum-based liquid that has no color or smell. It makes for good nicotine (or THC, ) carrier and is with the “throat hit” that many vapers enjoy. PG also carries any flavorings in the vape liquid well. PG is found in toothpaste, medical products, pet food, and beauty products.
 
For the time being, no one knows the effect of inhaling PG and certainly not the long-term effects as vaping has only been around for around a decade. Most people who vape PG have no issues with it, however, ’s no getting away from the fact that PG is a chemical, and is oil-based, and that is certainly a concern for some people.
 

What is VG?

VG stands for Vegetable Glycerin and is a chemical extracted from vegetable oils as the name suggests. VG is used in vape liquids to produce dense clouds of vapor and has a sweet taste. VG is also much thicker than PG, making the vape liquid appear more appealing. The other difference between PG and VG is that VG is smoother on the throat and some vapers even vape 100% VG-based liquids. PG and VG are usually mixed in a 1:1 ratio to make vape juice, and then the nicotine, THC, CBD, or flavorings are added into the mix.

Vaping products exist on the market that contains MCT, also known as coconut oil. MCT is rare to find in vaping products but it is available and some people consider it to be safer than PG or VG.

With that said, for those interested in vaping CBD, there are products that contain neither PG, VG, or MCT. For those wanting to vape medicinal elements of cannabis and hemp, it’s worth looking out for vape liquids which are made from 100% extract and nothing else. PhenoPen cartridges contain only pure  (with various waxes and oils removed), CBD (300mg per cartridge), other minor cannabinoids and .
 
PhenoPen liquid is rigorously tested by third-party labs and contains no solvents, pesticides, heavy metals, or vitamin E acetate. If you’re interested in vaping potent, high-quality CBD with pure hemp extract and no PG or VG, check out the products page on our website.

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 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 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 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 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 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 is a premium CBD vaping experience that’s great for people suffering from inflammation, pain, , 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, , or carrier liquids in the mix, just 100% pure hemp . 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 . 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 . 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 (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 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 ) 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 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 – 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 be zero health issues from vaping.

Due to the vaping crisis, even though the PhenoPen scientists knew that our pure hemp CBD vape 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 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

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