In Mid 2019, a rash of illnesses and 6 deaths have been linked to vaping e cigarette products. This has the FDA, the tobacco industry, the cannabis industry, and the general public scrambling for answers.
While no one knows the long term effects of vaping, we can assure you that Halcyon Essentials DOES NOT and HAS NOT used any of the chemicals that are the suspected causes of the recent illnesses. Halcyon Essentials uses only MCT, natural hemp extracts, and low percentages of natural terpenes in our CBD vape liquid.
The following is a list of the chemicals that may be responsible for recent string of illnesses:
- Nicotine: Nicotine is the active and addictive ingredient in tobacco. Many of the illnesses, especially in young people, is caused by nicotine toxicity. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning are headaches, nausea, fatigue, seizures, coma, and death. The strength of the nicotine concentrations in some e liquids is far stronger than any tobacco. For instance, a .5ml Juul pod can have the same mg of nicotine as 2 packs of cigarettes. A heavy Juul user can consume 2 pods a day. Do the math. Also, many of the victims are teenage boys. It’s not uncommon for testosterone driven teenagers to lack impulse control and overdo things. Think keg stands and beer funneling. Halcyon Essentials does not sell any products that contain nicotine.
- Propylene Glycol, polyethylene glycol, and vegetable glycerin: These chemicals are often used as the bases for e liquids. These chemicals are all FDA-approved as food additives, but no long term studies have been conducted to see the safety of vaping them. Just because something is safe to eat or put on for skin, that doesn’t expand to vaping. When compounds are heated to their vapor points, they can change. For instance, early research suggests that vaping PG and PEG can create aldehydes. Aldehydes are nearly always carcinogenic and mutagenic. Halcyon Essentials does not use PG, PEG, or VG in our CBD vapes.
- Thickeners: This, by far, is the most nefarious link to the vape illnesses. This mostly applies to the instances involving THC vapes. High THC distillates are very thick – nearly solid at room temperature. Oftentimes, people would look at the viscosity of a vape to know how strong it was. Criminal vape makers figured out a way to increase profit. They diluted THC distillate with a thick oil. Now, they can trick people into thinking these are pure products, but really they are selling them vapes filled with Vitamin E oil or some other thick oil. Vitamin E is great for your skin and healthy to eat in small amounts. However, boiling it and inhaling the vapor is the equivalent filling your lungs with grease. This causes lipid pneumonia and can kill a healthy young person. Halcyon Essentials does not use any fillers or thickening agents in our CBD vapes.
In conclusion, Halcyon Essentials cannot guarantee that there are no long term effects to vaping – No one can. We can guarantee that we DO NOT use any of the chemicals listed above in our CBD e liquids. We are monitoring this story very closely and will use science and medicine, not profits, to guide our vape formulations.
Our CBD vapes are intended to provide adults an alternative to burning and smoking hemp buds.