Lead Contamination in Hash Oil Pens

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Be careful about smoking Vape Cartridges. Known as being convenient, these lead cartridges have been traced to have an outstanding amount of lead traces in them.

Regulators in California are rejecting a “concerning” number of cannabis oil vape cartridges for lead contamination.

The majority of these vape cartridges are being manufactured in China. Some are asking, “why are they putting lead into the oil?” This is not necessarily the case.Lead is added to the other metals used in manufacturing the cartridges in order to make the metal easier to mold. A small bit of added lead can save a manufacturer millions when you consider the scale at which these cartridges are manufactured.

 

 

Cannabis oils, however, are what has started failing regulator testing in California. Because cannabis oil is acidic, it’s leaching the lead from the metal of the vape cartridge over time. Once dissolved in the cannabis oil, lead might be vaporized along with the same oil that people are inhaling.

While only about 0.5% of the cartridges since January 1 are failing, many are passing at 0.4 or 0.3 parts per million, just below the legal limit. And the ones that do fail are often doing so at 0.6 or 0.7 parts per million — levels that would be considered safe in Washington. And that’s in the highest quality cartridges made in China.

Be careful where you are getting your cartridges. Yes, this is a very big part of the cannabis community, especially for the working class that has to be in and out of the office all day. The smell is not there, it is very convenient to rip a few hits without anyone knowing. However, nothing is perfect for you in this world. Be careful where you get your carts from.

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