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Why the FDA’s data doesn’t apply to Polyethylene glycol (PEG) in vape cartridges

The marijuana industry is still in its infancy, but that hasn’t stopped ambitious entrepreneurs from developing new ways to consume marijuana. In general, products are much more potent than they were even a few years ago, and it’s partially due to the advent of cannabis concentrates. Connoisseurs will be familiar with cannabis concentrates like wax, shatter, budder, crumble and oil, but vape cartridges containing some of these concentrates are appealing to new users for their convenience and ease of use.

It’s not surprising at all. The devices used to consume concentrates can be hundreds of dollars, and people new to cannabis aren’t likely to make such an investment on a whim. So when a bud tender presents a disposable marijuana e-cigarette for under $20 to a brand new cannabis consumer, it will appeal far more than a $50 for a customer interested in vaping extracts.

The problem with some of these cheaper vape products is the additive known as PEG, or polyethylene glycol. As one scientist quoted to me when I asked for a laymen’s summary, “it’s great for getting stuff in and out of other stuff.” It has many industrial applications, but its FDA-approved use in medical applications is how vape cartridge manufacturers justify its presence in their products.

In a cartridge, PEG helps make marijuana extracts more viscous, allowing for better vaporization. This especially benefits disposable e-cig products that have a weak power source. It can be found in inhalers, laxatives, eyedrops and in pills for slowing the rate of absorption, giving the pill a time-release effect.

So what do these applications, and the FDA’s assessment of PEG, have in common? None of them involve the heating of PEG to temperatures much higher than the human body’s core temperature.

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Taking a sharp right turn: writing about medical marijuana

Hello, folks. It’s been a very long time since my previous post. For anyone who previously followed my blog: this post is for you, and I ask that you give it a chance.

In addition to some new topics, I’m going to be writing about a drastically different subject matter: medical marijuana. I’ve already been doing so over at Whaxy.com and it’s been a fulfilling experience. Some of you are going to read this and not want to read about stoners. You may dislike the idea of reading about degenerate drug addicts. You may think I’m a bad person for using such a substance, regardless of the health benefits and the vast improvement in my quality of life. If so, you are misinformed.

But not to fear: many people are misinformed about cannabis. Marijuana has a complex social stigma. What I’ve found is that people don’t necessarily dislike marijuana; they dislike the people who use marijuana. Visions of hippies, draft dodgers, drug dealers and degenerates are often paired with marijuana use, but that vision is changing. For medical marijuana patients today, the vision could be anything: young people, old people, rich people, poor people, any race, any religion and so on: the face of marijuana is changing and it can look like anyone. Including me.

My writing is going to focus on marijuana as medication. It’s a complex plant that includes substances beyond THC. In fact, the “high” (while enjoyable) is secondary for me. My perspective as a user who does not smoke anything will be different than your typical long-time marijuana enthusiast.

If you’ve read this and would love nothing more than to strike my blog from your internet history, be my guest. My sincerest hope is that readers can reconsider medical marijuana objectively, without clinging to cultural history or political predispositions. If that’s outside the realm of possibility for you, then this is where I leave you, and I wish you well.

 

 
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