Vaping has been getting a lot of attention in the last few weeks, all for concerns over its safety. Six people have died due to lung disease thatâ€™s been linked to vaping. For many pot smokers looking for products at different weed shops in Denver, this raises a new concern: is it safe to continue vaping? Hereâ€™s what you need to know.
The Cause of the Disease Is Undetermined
Doctors and scientists havenâ€™t determined the exact cause of the lung disease thatâ€™s responsible for the six deaths. But they do know a few things: the disease seems to impact people who vape rather than smoke. And itâ€™s impacting people who vape both nicotine cartridges and THC cartridges.Â
Theyâ€™re still trying to narrow down the components in those cartridges that are causing lung disease. As of right now, they believe the condition is caused by certain additives and thickeners in the vape liquids.Â
The Cartridges Were Likely Tampered With
In the vast majority of cases, patients experiencing lung issues after vaping bought cartridges off the street. This is illegal, but itâ€™s also incredibly risky. You have no idea if whatâ€™s actually in the cartridge is what the person selling it claims it is.Â
There could very well be cannabis concentrate inside. But thereâ€™s also a good chance that the concentrate was stretched with chemical thickeners or has other additives to make the cartridge appear fuller than it otherwise would. After all, you wouldnâ€™t want to buy a half-empty cartridge, would you?Â
Since thereâ€™s no control over the ingredients in these street cartridges, you have no idea what youâ€™re getting. And that means youâ€™re putting your health and your wellbeing at risk.Â
If You Choose to Vape, Buy from Your Dispensary
If youâ€™re going to vape, the best thing you can do is buy cartridges from your local Denver dispensary
. These are produced by companies who adhere to strict quality control guidelines and take great pains to make sure their cartridges are as safe as they can be. You should also be able to read the ingredients on the packages of those cartridges before you make your purchase. This way, youâ€™ll be able to avoid buying anything with unwanted additives or ingredients youâ€™re allergic to.
Not Comfortable Vaping? No Problem
If youâ€™ve been vaping for a while, but feel scared by the latest news, donâ€™t worry. You can always switch to a different cannabis product. Plain bud is just what it sounds likeâ€”dried and cured marijuana. There are no additives and you can smoke it however you choose.
But if you vape because you donâ€™t like the idea of burning weed, thatâ€™s okay too. You can always try an edible, a tincture, or a topical salve. There are dozens of options to choose from at your favorite dispensary. Pick up something new and give it a try.Â
At Altitude, we strive to provide you with only the highest quality cannabis and CBD products on the market. Stop by your nearest location today and pick up a new favorite.