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  • Writer's pictureKrystal Harrell


Updated: Jul 30, 2022

While I’ve never been a huge supporter of vaping, I do have customers that prefer to vape CBD. In such cases I have always believed it important to give customers that choose this method the opportunity to purchase a safe product. Here at The Herbal Alternative, we only carry Stanley Brothers Disposable Vape Pens with Charlotte’s Web Premium Hemp Extract. These pens contain only CBD and NO THC! There is absolutely NO Vitamin E in these products. In fact, these vapes contain very few ingredients. We pride ourselves on doing our due diligence when it comes to researching and independently testing the CBD products we carry here in our store. We feel confident knowing that we are offering the highest quality CBD products, including vape, for customers. We urge everyone to be a conscious consumer and encourage you to always be sure to purchase your CBD products from your local, certified and licensed CBD source. Here at The Herbal Alternative, you can trust we believe in quality, transparency and honesty with all our products.

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~ Yours in Health, Krystal Harrell, Owner of The Herbal Alternative and Certified CBD Coach

5 Tips For Buying Quality Cannabis & CBD Oil

Are cannabis oils and CBD oils safe to vape? If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you know that vaping is currently getting a lot of bad press. With around 450 cases of lung disease and six deaths across the country, vaping seems to be a common denominator. 

However, according to health officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, they haven’t found a clear connection or cause to link the cases, although vaping is clearly playing a role. 

There’s talk of added chemicals, fillers, misuse, fake cartridges, and an underground market of unregulated oils. And, while health professionals are still testing the products that caused the illnesses, no one can say for sure. 

If you’re a vaping enthusiast, the times can be a little unsettling. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up your vape all together. If you know what to look for, and how to choose quality cannabis or CBD oil, you can guard yourself against some of the dangers that officials have been warning about. 

Here are 5 tips to keep in mind when purchasing cannabis oil or CBD oil for your vape pen. 

1. Avoid Vape Oil Brands With a Bad Reputation 

Illicit vape oil brands should be avoided at all costs. According to an article in Bloomberg, 24 of 41 patients suffering from vape-related lung injuries were using THC products that were sold using the Dank Vapes label. Officials in the county of Hanford released a photo of the brand that one patient was using before becoming ill called West Coast Carts. While this alone is not enough to avoid all counterfeit vape cartridges, it’s a good starting point so you know which brands to stay away from. A little bit of googling can help you identify other brands with bad reputations.

2. Avoid Buying Oil From The Illicit Market

If you live in a legal state, make sure to always buy your THC oil and CBD vape oil from a verified dispensary. Legal states have regulated markets where it’s mandatory to do lab testing on vape carts, and manufacturers are required to include those test results on the labels. However, doing your due diligence is always recommended, even when buying vape oil legally.  While many legal companies say that they don’t use harmful cutting agents in their products, there may be companies that try to cut corners by diluting oils with chemicals that can be harmful when heated.

If you’re living in a state where you don’t have access to legal CBD or THC oil vape cartridges, things can get a little murky. Black market producers can sell their products online or in pop-up markets, touting them as the real thing. They’ll typically have professional-looking branding, packaging, and often feature labels that say they’re lab tested. These vape carts are particularly dangerous because there’s no way to know what’s in them.

According to an article by USA Today, there were 32 cases of vaping-related illnesses reported in New York state, with a “vast majority” of them involving people who vape illicit marijuana. If you are buying from the black market, you can check out websites like,  or Instagram accounts like Cleanmedz and Dankbuster, which provide up-to-date information on dangerous vaping products that have been discovered.

3. Learn How to Spot Counterfeit Oils

Counterfeit THC oils are becoming a massive problem. Since these fake products are made using similar branding, packaging, and logos, it can be hard to know the difference. Using these fake oils in your vape pen can be detrimental as they aren’t regulated or tested, and are often cut with dangerous fillers. If a cartridge is priced significantly below the market price, it could be a sign that it’s fake.

They also suggest checking the serial number and QR code to make sure it’s the real thing.  You can also do a quick Google search to find resources that can help you tell a real cartridge from a fake.

4. Choose Oil That Does Not Contain Vitamin E

According to New York health officials, nearly all of the cannabis vaping products that were analyzed in the investigation of these illnesses contained large amounts of the chemical, vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E is showing up in vape oils, especially those on the black market, as a thickener so that diluted vape oils won’t look watery, a red flag that it’s cut with something. While this vitamin is typically okay to take as a pill or use on the skin, it can trigger pneumonia when inhaled. 

5. Check Labels & Lab Test Results

When buying THC oil and CBD oil carts, always check the labels. Legal vape oils are typically required to display lab test results so you can make an informed decision about what you’re vaping. Check to make sure the cannabis used to make the oil was grown without dangerous pesticides. You’ll also want to stay away from non-cannabis additives and flavors. Check labels for anything listed as “non-cannabis derived terpenes, natural or artificial flavors.”

Statements made on this page have not been verified by the Food and Drug Administration and are for informational purposes only. Any product discussed or listed on this page is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. The Herbal Alternative and its representatives are not medical doctors and do not diagnose and/or prescribe products for any specific ailment or illness. If a customer requests assistance in selecting dietary supplements, we will refer him/her only to a product that may nutritionally support or aid his/her body. Suggestions of supplements for use are for informational purposes only. We encourage each customer to make decisions regarding his/her health with the advice of a health care professional. This article is not intended to substitute for medical or legal advice.

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