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Heavy Metals Cause Organ Failure: Is Your Vape Safe?

Anonymous | January 03, 2022 | 14 1
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Heavy Metals Cause Organ Failure: Is Your Vape Safe? New case report on heavy metals testing in vape carts after extended use Heavy metals are systemic toxicants that are known to cause multiple organ damage, even at low exposure levels. Additionally, they are classified as human carcinogens according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Research has shown that heavy metals exposure to humans can cause vomiting, liver failure, kidney injury, cancer formation and even death. It remains imperative for all cannabis products, including aerosol vaporing devices, to be screened for heavy metals to promote transparency and safety to the consumer. A new, groundbreaking case report was completed after successfully lab testing iSpire LVL 280 disposable vaporizers for heavy metals.

The report was inspired by a recently published study titled, “Strategies for Nonpolar Aerosol Collection and Heavy Metals Analysis of Inhaled Cannabis Products”, which demonstrated trace amounts of metals detected within the distillate oil from different vape devices/brands, after simulated use. A total of nine vape devices were distributed to nine participants who took 50, two-three second puffs, over 7 days.

The devices were recovered and delivered to Excelbis Labs in Santa Ana, CA to undergo heavy metal testing. The contents in the vape cartridge was full-spectrum Hemp/CBD oil and was previously screened for heavy metals. By screening the distillate oil prior to the experiment ensured a clean, unadulterated product from the start. Testing the oil after normal consumer use of the vape device, provided the best means to accurately measure the device itself, and whether it would contribute to heavy metal contamination.

After successfully testing each individual vape device, results showed that the heavy metals detection were well below the action limits set by the DCC. Essentially, each iSpire LVL 280 passed heavy metal testing and demonstrated a quality product that safeguards consumer health. Excelbis Labs chose to volunteer its testing services for the case report to help manufacturers add more transparency to their product line and demonstrate safety to the consumer. Keven Brahmbhatt, President of Excelbis Labs, stated, “At times, health crises can be exaggerated and cast a generalized narrative that isn’t manufacturer specific. If a single manufacturer engages in questionable business practices, it could pose a threat to the entire vaping community.” Brahmbhatt added, “Brands and manufacturers should be proactive in addressing concerns to avoid undue criticism.”

More vape device manufacturers should consider testing their products for contaminants before and after consumer use. Remaining proactive will help manufacturers advance the industry and identify any manufacturing flaws or components that may contribute to heavy metals, and other contaminants, from leaking into cannabis and Hemp CBD distillate oils.

Due to the CDC’s e-cigarette, or vaping product, use-associated lung injury (EVALI) crisis in 2019, vape device manufacturers need to test their products to avoid another health crisis and remain more transparent to consumers and the industry.


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    Jan 08, 2022, 05:47 PM  Reply


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    Jan 09, 2022, 11:42 AM  Reply

    Well written

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    Jan 10, 2022, 12:58 PM  Reply

    The need for testing what we ingest, is equally important to any safety protocol. Testing coffee for example.

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    Jan 13, 2022, 11:45 PM  Reply

    This is interesting but, I would like to know how the testing was conducted on a disposable vape after 50 puffs were taken. Normally in a cannabis lab it take several of these pens to even accumulate enough sample mass to perform a single test. Second at 2 to 3 seconds per a puff that's barely enough time for the element to heat up. Which is the main factor of concern, since it's this heating element that normally degrades and causes leeching and contamination. So a longer puff of 5 seconds would be a better minimum. Also who the hell is excelbis? Is this another new startup California testing lab, are they ISO accredited? Lastly this test would be best performed using aerosol collection and testing the captured vapor that is extracted after heating. Then performing accelerated shelf life testing and then testing. So this along with testing the contents before entering the device as they did, and testing the devices contents at the end of each procedure. I applaud them for even doing any testing. This is something the industry needs more of.

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