Puff-puff-pass me that heavy metal vape cart! Laboratory testing facilities in the state of California that test cannabis products for banned chemicals, heavy metals, and other regulatory standards are discovering heavy metals such as lead in many cannabis vape cartridges. So, how is this lead making its way into the cannabis cartridges? Many different parties are currently investigating this question.
Lead in Cultivation Water
One might note that if the water in the area where the cannabis grows contains too much lead that naturally the plants would too. When you extract the cannabis oils, you of course also extract any heavy metals such as the abundance of lead.
A more probable cause for the abundance of lead in cannabis cartridges would be the cartridges themselves. Most of them are produced in China where a lot of lead in addition to plastics and other metals are used to help aid in the molding process and reduce costs. Anyone who has purchased cartridges in bulk knows that if you want a good price, China is your best bet. Test conducted by laboratories in California have found that vape cartridges produced in China contain ~4% lead or more.
Cannabis Oil’s Acidic Value
Another theory is that the cannabis oil has an acidic value that extracts lead from the vape cartridges. A great example is a company named CCELL which makes some of the most affordable cartridges in China. These cartridges are suspected to have higher levels of lead which allows them to sell for more competitive price per unit. When you factor the scale of ordering the cannabis industry has and continues to place on these cartridges, it doesn’t take long to see how the cents add up quick into BIG BUCKS!
Testing and Regulations Helping Bring Issue to Light
The primary reason for these cartridges turning up with heavy metals is because the state of California has some of the most stringent testing and regulatory requirements in the cannabis sector. For example, Oregon does not require the same tests that are a necessity for products in California. Many cartridges that could be purchased in Oregon wouldn’t be allowed to be sold in California. If you’re like anyone else, you can do without lead in your weed. Currently, the state of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has a limit set for lead at 0.5 PPM (parts per million)
In case you were curious, here are a few of the symptoms of lead poising via the Mayo Clinic website.
- High blood pressure
- Joint and muscle pain
- Difficulties with memory or concentration
- Abdominal pain
- Mood disorders
- Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm
- Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth in pregnant women