Join me for a long stoner vape session! In this episode of The Stoner Mom Show, my opinions on the current vape scare plus how I discern safe vaping methods and products. Sponsored by Pure CBD Vapors and Northern Standard. Read my sponsorship policy on my disclosure page.
Talking about Vaping Responsibly with a Vape Sesh
The news media tells us that we are in the midst of a national “vaping epidemic” that is causing illness and death throughout the US. The headlines are scary, but a closer look reveals that these cases are mostly connected to illegal, off-market vape cartridges. With all this negative attention vaping is getting in the news, I felt like it was time to clarify what vaping actually is and how not all vaping is the same.
In this episode of The Stoner Mom Show, I sit down and have a long stoner vape sesh, while talking about my opinions on vaping, and how I discern safe products and methods. Check it out below, and read on for my notes on this episode including products and relevant articles to read.
What is Vaping?
The term “vaping” actually encompasses a huge range of methods and substances. Unfortunately, they all get thrown under the bus when the media uses the word in sensationalized headlines. All the cases involved in the vape epidemic involve the use of cartridges or oil-based vaping, many being illegal or made off-market. None involve vaping plant material, which has long been touted as a healthier and more effective delivery method for the cannabinoids and terpenes found in the cannabis plant.
Vaping is when a substance is heated to high enough temperatures to create vapor, but below the point of combustion, so there is no smoke. Dabbing is a form of vaping, even when a torch is used because the material is vaporized and never combusts. You can vape different types of material, like cannabis flower, solid concentrates, and oil-based concentrates.
Ways I Stay Safe while Vaping
- Vaping cannabis flower is still considered a safe form of cannabis consumption.
- Only use legal and regulated THC products made in legal states and counties! Never use illegal or off-market products. The best way to avoid counterfeit products is to buy from legal dispensaries which are highly regulated.
- Don’t use cartridges containing Vitamin E Acetate. Vitamin E Acetate is in a significant subset of cases involved in vape related illnesses. The Northern Standard cartridges I use in this video are rigorously tested and contain no Vitamin E Acetate or any other additives.
- Only buy CBD vape products from reputable CBD companies who are transparent with their lab test results, like purecbdvapors.com. Every CBD brand on thestonermom.com has been vetted for publicly posting third-party lab results.
- Consider lowering your overall vape consumption with a varied cannabis routine. Even with the best resources available to me, I’m still saving my carts for when they are the most beneficial. That usually means times when speed and potency are the most important factor. Whether it’s THC or CBD, one or two puffs for the immediate onset of relief, and I’m good. For the rest of my consumption, I stick to longer stoner sessions with a bong, stealthy outdoor tokes with a bubbler, and vaping a lot of flower. I also regularly use low dose edibles and sublinguals and take CBD tinctures regularly.
- Consider growing your own and making your own concentrates. My husband grows all of my cannabis without pesticides or harmful additives. He also regularly presses rosin for me. Growing your own puts you in complete control of your supply, a liberating experience for any stoner!
- Stay informed on vape-related illnesses, but use critical thinking when consuming media. I like to read from a variety of publications to get as full of a picture as I can.
Vape Products in this Video
Northern Standard sets the industry standard for extract purity. Their cannabis CO2 oils are extracted from single-strain, single-batch, organically grown cannabis, and contain only native terpenes. Their extracts contain no Vitamin E Acetate, toxic solvents, artificial terpenes, synthetic flavorings, propylene glycol, or any other additives. Northern Standard oils contain only cannabinoids and terpenes found in the source cannabis plant, with no additives and unriviled purity.
No butane or other toxic solvents are used in our process. No cutters, fillers or color-removers are added – just pure, high-potency, strain-specific oils with robust native terpene profiles.
These are my favorite Colorado-made cartridges! Northern Standard goes the extra mile and prints their full terpene and cannabinoid lab results on the packaging for the consumer to reference. Their Native Elite line of premium distillate is created from award-winning strains using proprietary helium and CO2 based extraction methods. Their Experimental line is especially exciting, and introduces high-quality outside terpenes from natural sources to enhance flavor and effect. I love their India Pale Ale which includes terpenes from mosaic hops, typically used in production of high end craft beers.
Pure CBD Vapors
Pure CBD Vapors has been carrying only the best, vetted CBD brands since 2014. Every product in their large online store has a corresponding third-party lab test available to view or download on their up-to-date COA’s page.
In this video I’m using their Americana Uncut OG Kush CBD cartridge. Americana Uncut is a Oregon-based brand making oils processed from the highest quality hemp farmers across the country, all aligned under strict industry guidelines. Their full spectrum oil is refined, winterized, filtered, distilled, and further refined to yield a golden, full profile oil. Available as a single cartridge or in a starter pack with an included battery.
The tried and true big daddy of vaporizers. Storz and Bickle remains leaders in the world of vaporizers. Read my review of the Volcano here.
Davinci Miqro IQ
A sophisticated dry leaf vaporizer that’s perfect for discreet use! One of my favorite vaporizers last year.
Sensi Luxury Vape
I used my Americana Uncut cartridge with my much loved Sensi Vape. It’s my favorite wax pen and cartridge battery. Read my review here.
- Vaping Products Linked with Rising Number of Hospitalizations | September 5, NORML
- Vape pen lung disease has insiders eyeing misuse of new additives | UPDATED September 9, Leafly
- No Drop in Vaping Cases, CDC Says | October 11, New York Times
- The Mysterious Vaping Illness That’s ‘Becoming an Epidemic’ | August 31, New York Times
- Vaping Bad: Were 2 Wisconsin Brothers the Walter Whites of THC Oils? | September 15, New York Times