In early September 2019, stories surfaced of vape users experiencing health concerns, including coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and other symptoms. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported hundreds of cases of illness, including several incidents of death. The nation had officially entered a “vape scare.”
When it comes to cannabis, the scare is focused on black market products. NBC News and the Wall Street Journal in late September reported that those black-market products have pesticides linked to hydrogen cyanide. They also use nearly 100-percent vitamin E acetate as a thickening agent. These ingredients are dangerous and have been associated with health concerns. On the other hand, legal cannabis vape products did not contain heavy metals, pesticides, or residual solvents like vitamin E, according to those reports.
Reporting on the so-called “vape scare” has been bolstered by an investigation by the New York Department of Health. In early September 2019, New York issued subpoenas for three companies making thickening agents that tested positive for vitamin E acetate. It appears that these products have been widely adopted by the illegal vape market.
One reason the vape scare has not impacted legal cannabis products is because of stringent pesticide requirements pushed by good actors like Terrapin Pennsylvania. Those requirements were adopted from lessons learned in Colorado, where the Denver Fire Department during routine inspections found pesticides being improperly used by some unscrupulous companies. What came out of the conversation were regular inspections, as well as a formalized list of pesticides that can be used. This has become a model in states like Pennsylvania, and
a reason why legal cannabis products do not appear to be the culprit in the vape scare.
The vaporizer products produced by Terrapin Pennsylvania do not use any diluents or non-botanical (non-plant-derived) additives. We also extract from flower that is treated only with state-approved pest management practices. These products are made up of cannabis-based distillate, providing THC and other cannabinoids, as well as terpene species, which provide flavor and aroma. Our highly purified distillate and terpenes have the plant’s natural fats, waxes, and lipids removed through winterization, minimizing the risk of lung irritation. Furthermore, we maintain complete control over the ingredients in our products by not using any third-party additives, the makeup of which could be proprietary and undisclosed by those companies.
In our Pennsylvania facility, we produce distillate by extracting cannabinoids from the marijuana plant through supercritical CO 2 extraction. CO 2 is a very efficient solvent for cannabis extraction. After purification, we are left with a viscous oil, referred to as distillate, made up of almost 100 percent cannabinoids.
To this distillate we add terpenes, or light plant oils giving marijuana its signature smell and taste, which are extracted in-house. We pull only light oils prior to distillate extraction under supercritical conditions. As terpenes are pulled off, we are left with crystal-clear ingredients used in our Crystal Double products.
At Terrapin Pennsylvania, we voluntarily disclose all of our ingredients by listing it on our package labeling and we verify ingredients through third-party testing.
Paramount to consumer comfort is transparency through education. Patients should demand that their cannabis provider commit to full transparency and integrity. This is why Terrapin Pennsylvania is voluntarily listing our ingredients, so that patients can experience peace of mind. All of Terrapin PA’s vape products contain the basic terpene ingredients of:
Because all of our products are unique, please review labeling on each product for a specific breakdown of ingredients used in production.
Remember that black market products do not offer any of the above disclosures or safeguards. Only purchase from producers you know and trust. #DemandCleanVapes