Is vaping safe?
The real question is: can you safely take up recreational vaping, even if you don’t already smoke? The evidence for this is much less clear. Most of what we’ve seen with vaping has included nicotine which by itself doesn’t cause cancer, and vape juice doesn’t contain any of the 70 known carcinogens that are present in tobacco. Depending on the brand though, it may contain other chemicals, such as propylene glycol (Birch + Fog products do not contain PG). When this is heated by the electric element in the vaporizer, it can create formaldehyde, which is carcinogenic.
Simply put, the jury is still out as to whether there are long term negative effects to vaping any type liquid, whether they are terpenes or cannabinoids. That said, many researchers have come to a consensus of vaping being less harmful than smoking. This is largely due to the fact that vaping contains less harmful toxins than smoking. To get mildly scientific, smoking releases carcinogens which are the nasty chemicals that cause cancer and lung infections. When cannabis terpene oil is vaporized, 95% of what you are putting in your body is irritant-free cannabinoid. Compare this to only 12% of smoking is irritant-free.
Birch + Fog is committed to keeping you safe and well.
This commitment to your health extends beyond providing you with safe, effective products. It is personal. We personally have dealt with the ailments that we serve with our CBD products, including social anxiety, stress, chronic pain and insomnia. In fact, three years ago, we founded Birch + Fog on that principle and with the desire to transition from helping just one individual at a time to bringing wellness to many with the powers of the cannabis plant.
Recently, the media has featured stories about the potential dangers of vaping, and, in particular, the emergence of a severe lung condition that may be caused by lung inhalation vaping. So far, more than 380 cases of the illness have been confirmed.
Birch + Fog extends our sympathies to all whom this illness has touched. As we try to make sense of this illness together, we want to ensure you that Birch + Fog users are not at risk, based on the findings to date.
While the possibilities are numerous, we believe that the most likely causes are tainted liquids released by unregulated dealers and/or the inclusion of toxic chemicals, such as synthetic cannabinoids. We now understand that many of the patients inhaled vapor containing Vitamin E acetate. Some brands involved in the epidemic contain chemicals including formaldehyde — often used in building materials — and other ingredients that can cause cancer – PG = Propylene glycol, PEG = Polyethylene glycol; VG = Vegetable glycerin.
This makes us believe that in many of the recent cases, the association with vaping is merely that vaping is the delivery mechanism for these chemicals. Research on vaping continues to grow, and so far it suggests that vaping cannabis is lower risk than smoking them.
At Birch + Fog, we stand committed to a high standard of product sourcing, storing, and hold our vendors to the same for liquid manufacturing. All of our vendors use blends with the highest quality ingredients, and we worked with the various brands to provide details on the ingredients so you can make educated decisions on what you put into your bodies. Most importantly, none of the products we carry have Vitamin E, Propylene glycol, Polyethylene glycol or Vegetable glycerin.
Because the active ingredients in the products we carry are terpenes (aromatic compounds found in nature) and cannabinoids. They do not require absorption by the lungs. In fact, inhaling cannabinoid to the lungs simply lessens the beneficial effects of the blends. So the proper way to use our products is to breathe in your mouth and out your nose. You do not need to inhale into your lungs.
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Raw Beauty Talks
If you live in Vancouver, Erin Treloar is probably your voice of reason in most things health and wellness. Now she’s kiind of everybody’s health coach, thanks to her podcast Raw Beauty Talks. This series is not only a curation of thoughtful chats with wellness industry experts, it’s also a collection of her own health hacks you can implement in your life, like, today. Think ‘10 Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels’, or ‘Tools to Calm Coronavirus Anxiety’. K, we need that.
Erin’s brand truly works its magic from the inside out, learning from guests like Mark Groves on healing and health in relationships and love, or fitness queen Katrina Scott, on health and wellness.
This series seriously empowers its listeners with the tools to amplify the wellness in their lives. You’ll actually feel good listening to this one. It’s thoughtful, it’s comfy, and you’ll come out of each episode a little wiser than before (we have!).
I Love Wellness with Lo Bosworth
This #BossBabe host has traveled far from her beginnings on MTV’s Laguna Beach. Lo Bosworth’s podcast series I Love Wellness seeks to empower womens’ bodies and minds through a more open and honest self-care culture, starting with open and honest conversation. Her podcast does exactly that–accompanied by her awesome personal care products under complimentary brand Love Wellness.
Expect to learn from leaders in the female health and wellness industry as Lo thoughtfully explores with them how to prioritize wellness and self-care in this busy life, fine tuning your digital habits for the better, and finding body positivity in this series.
The Kismet Collection, By Riley Webster
Seeking to reach a new level of zen in your life? Lastly but certainly not at all least comes a collection of conversations and spiritual practices to bring you full-circle, all of the way home with host Riley Webster.
Nestled in magical Vancouver Island, we trust that The Kismet Collection will take you where you need to go, exploring questions like “what is your body telling you?” and “what does ‘doing the work’ truly mean?” Riley has a way of calming us right down with her soothing tone, and expert guided meditations that are scattered throughout this series. The Kismet Collection truly is a place that connects creatives, healers, and entrepreneurs through spiritually and wellness, and it’s the perfect tone to wind us down before bed, leaving us in the most positive (zen) headspace, ever.
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