Have you switched to vaping yet? While not as convenient and discreet as edibles, vaping THC or CBD does have the benefit of acting faster and more reliably. On top of that, it just feels nice to inhale the vapor, and for people who are used to smoking, vaping is a much healthier alternative.
That said, while a lot of vaping devices look like cigarettes, the inner working of those devices is a lot different. As a result, these devices come with a whole different set of safety concerns if compared to a cigarette pack. Vaping is still safer, but these concerns should be addressed nonetheless.
Here’s what you need to know about vaping safety.
Concerning the device
By “device” we mean the whole rainbow of available options to get vapor into your lungs, including e-cigarettes, e-vaporizers, vape pens, etc.
They all work in basically the same way. The device has a tank for the e-liquid and a power source of some sort to convert electricity into heat, which turns the liquid into vapor you can inhale.
The main safety concern when it comes to vaping devices is their batteries, since batteries can heat up, explode, or produce sparks if they are misused.
All of this is unlikely to be a concern if you are buying quality devices and taking some reasonable precautions. Modern batteries are fairly safe, after all. However, there is also a culture being created around people crafting their own vaping devices, or modding the ones they own. Which is nice, but also risky.
A poorly designed or overly modded device can put too much strain on the battery, or start generating too much heat when used, which can damage the battery. This can be especially problematic if your vape pen uses AAA batteries instead of an internal rechargeable power source.
The result of putting extra strain on the battery can lead to the battery or even parts of the device melting, and — in rare cases — can lead to the battery exploding.
Luckily, it doesn’t take a lot of extra care to prevent this. Just keep an eye out for signs of the battery overheating, such as the device operating at higher temperatures than normal. Also check the battery every so often, look for distortions that can indicate the device was far too hot at some point. Never use distorted batteries.
Also be mindful of carrying batteries around. While it is a convenient way to make sure you always have charge, batteries left alone in a hot car can become distorted or explode. And if you keep a bunch of batteries in your or purse pocket, other metallic objects — such as your keys — can come in contact with the battery and produce a spark. Which may lead nowhere, or it may set your pants on fire.
Concerning the e-liquid
Spilling is the main safety concern when it comes to handling e-liquids, especially in houses with pets or children. CBD and THC are reasonably safe for both, as in accidental exposure won’t send them to the hospital, but it’s still best to keep your e-liquid out their reach if you can. Especially if you are handling liquids with very high concentrations.
However, the story is different if you are vaping liquids that contain nicotine. If ingested or placed on the skin, nicotine is toxic, and nicotine poisoning can be deadly at high doses. This is worse for children and pets, as their smaller body mass makes them more vulnerable. A child spilling or drinking e-fluids containing nicotine will likely warrant a trip to the hospital.
Common symptoms of nicotine poisoning include dizziness, stomach aches, increased blood pressure, and vomiting.
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