Are Super Heated Terpenes Dangerous to Lung Health?

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Danger depends on how we define “volatile” and how that applies to terpenes during vaping or dabbing. Terpenes are responsible for the refreshing flavor in a dab. But, new research suggests that dabbing potentially volatile compounds, like terpenes, could put consumers at higher risk of cancer.  So, how do you define volatile in terms of vaping? It can be tricky. If you search it, google will define volatile as two things. The first is a substance, “easily evaporated at normal temperatures”, the second, alternatively, is something, “liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse.” We generally see terpenes as the first, but now, researchers claim these may potentially fit into the second definition better. According to the researchers, the risk may come if the consumer chooses to dab or vape cannabis concentrates rich in terpenes. In the study [1]Meehan-Atrash, J., Luo, W., McWhirter, K. J., & Strongin, R. M. (2019). Aerosol Gas-Phase Components from Cannabis E-Cigarettes and Dabbing: Mechanistic Insight and Quantitative Risk Analysis. … Continue reading jQuery(‘#footnote_plugin_tooltip_5028996_1’).tooltip({ tip: ‘#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_5028996_1’, tipClass: ‘footnote_tooltip’, effect: ‘fade’, predelay: 0, fadeInSpeed: 200, delay: 400, fadeOutSpeed: 200, position: ‘top center’, relative: true, offset: [-7, 0], }); published in ACS Omega (2019), researchers at Portland State University analyzed the toxins produced by vaping and dabbing distillates rich in both THC and terpenes. The researchers formulated their own cannabis distillate from analytical-grade THC and a terpene blend purchased in California. They then used both vape pens and dabbing rigs to administer it. After analyzing the vapor’s chemical composition, they noted an increased presence of potentially volatile toxins that include: isoprene, methacrolein, benzene, and methyl vinyl ketone. Researchers found that THC alone produced degredation products. However, the levels of gas-phase products were much higher with infused terpenes. Essentially, no matter how you define it, the chemicals that…

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