CBD/THC Eliquids: Let's Talk
We see you're looking for CBD / THC products in Canada. Please read on to find all current information (as of the date of publication) relating to CBD products:
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is a product naturally derived from the cannabis plant. Hemp plants, which are a separate strain of Cannabis Sativa, naturally contain higher amounts of CBD and lower amounts of THC.
Unlike THC, CBD contains minimal to no psychotropic properties, so it does not get the user “high”. Instead, it's effects are considered therapeutic.
Despite lacking the intoxication factor of THC, CBD is still strictly regulated under the Oct. 17, 2018, Cannabis Act set forth by the Government of Canada. As such, CBD products (of any form) can only LEGALLY be produced, manufactured, distributed, and sold by registered Cannabis retailers and producers.
At this time, there are no LEGAL vapeable CBD or THC bottled-liquids, tinctures, or cartridges on the Canadian market.
Purchasing unregistered and unlicensed CBD/THC products put the user at risk, as the products have not been held to a standard, and furthermore: could contain no CBD/THC at all. The consumer would not know, as they've purchased an unregistered, unregulated product. Recently, in the United States, there's been a lot of misinformation surrounding black-market CBD and THC vape cartridges. Specifically, certain news outlets have been using the term “vaping” synonymously with the use of these products; thus, effectively not differentiating between e-cigarette use (i.e. using a vape with only e-liquids containing nicotine) and black-market CBD/THC cartridge use. Unlicensed, untested, unregistered THC/CBD products are at the heart of what's making certain individuals in the United States sick. While it's true these cartridges are being “vaped”, they're 100% different from vaping in terms of e-cigarette use.
What Does That Mean?
While we recognize CBD/THC products for vaping exist (and will exist in the near future *see cannabis extract inhaling*), unless the retailer is a licensed Cannabis manufacturer, producer, or retailer, it cannot be sold LEGALLY. This is for the public's protection, as the Government of Canada has strict regulations on what is and isn't legal for sale in Canada in terms of Cannabis. All products must be thoroughly tested (if you've ever purchased cannabis from a licensed retailer, you may notice the product was harvested and packaged MONTHS in advance; that is due to every batch needing to be spot-tested to ensure that the results and information on the packaging are valid. Heck, Alberta has had dry-herb product pulled from sale for not meeting those standards only a year into legalization.
If you're looking for CBD products, your best bet is to check in-store and online at registered and licensed legal dispensaries. They do have CBD options available now, but not in vaping form just yet. In this way, you're ensuring that you're getting the proper product that you're paying for, as well as protecting your health. At this current moment (date of publication) there is only ONE registered CBD vape product. You WILL BE ABLE TO get it, at a licensed dispensary or producer. You will be able to use it, with any vape mod with a 510 pin (the standard thread size on most devices).
IF YOU ARE BUYING CBD PRODUCTS FROM A VAPE STORE, THEY ARE ILLEGAL UNREGISTERED, UNREGULATED, AND UNTESTED PRODUCTS.
We want you, the consumer, to be as safe as possible. Your health is the most important aspect of this article. Please ensure you're going through the correct means to purchase these products for your own safety.
**Update (Sept. 12th/2019)** Due to the ongoing health crisis related to THC/CBD black-market cartridges in the USA, we will be updating this article with information as it presents:
Vitamin E Acetate has been found in a little over half (10 out of 18) of the cartridges presented to health officials in the USA in conjunction with the recent outbreak of pulmonary illnesses. Vitamin E Acetate was being used as a diluent and thickening agent for mixing with THC. Vitamin E Acetate is primarily used in lotions and skin oils and is IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM safe to inhale.
Vitamin E Acetate is NOT USED to produce any e-liquids containing nicotine produced/manufactured in Canada.
**Update (Sept. 16th/2019)** Due to the ongoing health crisis related to THC/CBD black-market cartridges in the USA, we will be updating this article with information as it presents:
Synthetic marijuana (also known as: K2, Spice, Gold Rush, etc) has ALSO been found in a variety of black-market cartridges being sold around the USA both in-stores and online. Synthetic marijuana has been a public health concern for over 10 years and has NEVER been legal or regulated in Canada or in the USA. Synthetic marijuana was responsible for a variety of respiratory illnesses and deaths in previous years (i.e. long before e-cigarettes had even been introduced into Canada, with reports of illnesses dating back as far as 2008). Due to the non-psychoactive properties of CBD, it is very easy to spike/counterfeit these pre-filled cartridge products and market them as CBD/THC cartridges. Users are accessing these products online via social media (Instagram), and black-market street dealers.
**Update (Nov. 13/2019)**Due to the ongoing health crisis related to THC/CBD black-market cartridges in the USA, we will be updating this article with information as it presents--we did not update for approximately 2 months in an effort to curb the spread of misinformation:
The CDC is now strongly pointing to Vitamin E Acetate being used as an additive to black-market THC/CBD cartridges as being the likely culprit for the string of lung-illnesses in the USA. The CDC, along with multiple news outlets, have all reported that Vitamin E Acetate was found in tissue samples from 29 different patients across 10 of the affected States. Furthermore, none of the other isolated compounds the CDC was investigating (such as plant oils, petroleum distillates like mineral oil, MCT oil, and terpenes) were present in any of the 29 samples tested. From the CDC, "These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate at the primary site of injury within the lungs."
Vitamin E Acetate is NOT an ingredient in ANY Canadian e-cigarette e-liquid, as the 4 ingredients in e-liquid are as follows:
-Vegetable Glycerin (known as VG)
-Propylene Glycol (known as PG)
-Natural and Artificial Flavorings
-Nicotine (where applicable, i.e. 0mg contains no nicotine).
Additionally, evidence suggests that the affected individuals were primarily purchasing their THC/CBD cartridges from "informal" black-market sources such as friends, family, street dealers, and exclusive online retailers.
Regulated e-liquids from within Canada are NOT AT RISK of containing ANY Vitamin E Acetate, and Steeped Monkey Brains has never and will never purchase or sell any e-liquids with additional compounds other than the 4 ingredients listed above. Please be sure to purchase e-liquids and e-cigarettes from verified vape retailers(like Steeped Monkey Brains, or your trusted local age-restricted vape shop). Purchasing these products from your friends, family, street dealers, and exclusive online-only sellers (whose products are not carried in retail stores) carries an inherent risk. Never purchase any e-liquids that are not labelled with proper Bill S5 compliant labels. Always ensure you're getting your e-liquids from a trusted source. If your friends and family do not have a certified lab to produce their products in: you should not be buying it. The Canadian government has already introduced action to uphold a standard of manufacturing for these products in Canada. At this time, we recommend only purchasing the products that are compliant with these manufacturing standards. Purchasing uncompliant or illicit e-liquids is not recommended.
WE STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST USING ANY BLACK-MARKET THC/CBD E-JUICES OR CARTRIDGES. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT LEGAL FOR SALE IN CANADA. THEY ARE 100% ILLEGAL. PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND PURCHASING ANY E-LIQUIDS THAT ARE MANUFACTURED OR PRODUCED IN THE USA AT THIS TIME. FOR YOUR SAFETY, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND KEEPING YOUR E-JUICE PURCHASES TO COMPANIES BASED IN CANADA OR WHOM COMPLY WITH CANADIAN E-LIQUID STANDARDS.