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How to Buy the Safest Vape Pens

Hundreds of vape-related illnesses are being reported across the country. Here’s how to buy the safest vape pens.

Buy From a Reputable Source

Counterfeit vape products are a huge problem. While we don’t have a single cause of this vape pen-related epidemic, it does seem clear that black market vape pens can be dangerous. No one knows how safe they are because these products aren’t moving through the legal system. They aren’t subjected to the same rigorous safety standards that legal products go through. Counterfeit brand name vape juice or cannabis oil contain harmful pesticides or other contaminants at a higher rate. And no one wants to ingest these poisons.

One thing to remember is that just because Amazon sells something doesn’t mean it’s been tested. And while they used to sell vape pens from all over, they have halted the sales of all vape pens, vape pen batteries and dry herb pens.

If you need any other reason to not use counterfeit vape pens, one killed a man after it exploded during use. And make sure you steer clear of Dank Vape pens. They are a popular, but unlicensed and untested brand used by many sufferers.

Where Should You Buy E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens?

So how do you know where to buy your e-cigarettes and vape pens? Purchase all your vaporizer and e-cigarette products from established sellers. This is the easiest way to ensure you’re buying reputable products. This is particularly important when it comes to cannabis concentrates, as the black market for these products continues to be strong in most states.

If you come across any brand name products in an illicit dispensary, chances are that it’s a knock-off product. Most legal e-cigarette and cannabis producers don’t want to get into trouble. If they are high-quality, they won’t sell illegal products. And chances are better they will only distribute their products to dispensaries that have been licensed by the state.

And ask questions. If you are in a store, ask the employees where these products came from. If they can’t offer proof, then go somewhere else. And if they don’t seem knowledgable about the products they sell, then move on.

When Buying Online

When buying online, do a lot of research on the products you’re buying and the reputation of the site. Cross-reference anything you’re looking to purchase across multiple sites. And take a look at the sites you’re buying from. Does this site look real? Does it look high-quality? Send an email requesting the vape pen or e-cigarettes’ test results. If you don’t receive a response, then don’t purchase from that site.

And make sure these sites have good reputations. See if their social media looks real. A little knowledge can go a long way.

For Safest Vape Pens, Check for High Quality Materials

Many manufacturers of vape pens use substandard materials in order to bring the price of their devices down. The problem is, this also puts your health at risk. We suggest you look for vaporizers that have atomizer coils with either Grade 1 or Grade 2 titanium. This recommendation applies to both vape juice and cannabis oil. The low-quality atomizer coils use less expensive alloys that may contain lead. As you know, lead is toxic to humans. That’s bad for you and your lungs.

Make sure that device manufacturers haven’t used polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coatings on any parts of their product. PTFE—which you probably know as the non-stick material Teflon—gives off dangerous polymer fumes when heated to levels that vape pens typically operate. Most of the big players in the vaporizer space have moved away from using PTFE in their products. Which is another reason to know that if you see PTFE, you’re probably buying a sketchy product. That’s a huge red flag.

Take a Pass on Disposable Products

California tests have shown that a high percentage of disposable and one-time use vaporizer products are contaminated with lead. Even products from some big name legal brands failed to pass the state’s strict lead regulations. That’s a bad sign. For the time being, disposable products are off the list of safest vape pens.

Disposable vape pens and e-cigarettes have shown to have a higher level of lead. Especially the ones that come from China. The vape juice and cannabis concentrates placed in these Chinese-made metal vape cartridges leach lead toxins into your lungs. And that happens over and over every time you hit your vape. We highly recommend avoiding disposable products until the CDC finds out more.

Keep Checking News Updates

The CDC is continuously updating the vape pen lung disease epidemic as they learn more about what is causing it. As it stands now, there are a number of potential issues that are the causes, ranging from vitamin E acetate, to illegal black market cartridges imported from China. Is there something else that could be an issue? We don’t know yet. The most concerning aspect of the current epidemic is that there’s not one specific known cause. If you are considering vaping, you may want to hold off until the CDC figures out what’s behind these deaths and illnesses.

If you’ve been a user for a while and aren’t feeling any ill effects, then stick with what you’ve been using. And figure out if smoking or vaping is right for you. Or try products you don’t have to inhale, like CBD pills and patches.

Keep checking this link to the CDC to stay up to date. Buying the safest vape pens can have a huge effect on your ability to stay safe.


Calvin Hughes

Calvin Hughes covers the quickly evolving intersection of e-cigarettes and lung health. Formerly he wrote about cannabis culture, business, wellness and politics for

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