Article by Travis Cesarone, Cannabis Life Network
TVAPE started selling dry-herb vaporizers a decade ago through marketplaces and their own website. They eventually grew to be the most trafficked vaporizer website in Canada and even one of the most trafficked in the world. Now, while they don’t carry vape pens, they have sold mods as well as Canadian e-juices.
However, “That segment is being completely discontinued,” TVAPE’s Founder and CEO, Nima Noori told CLN. “Our expertise is vaporization hardware.”
This decision was made with access to a database that contains six figures of their orders filled with market trends. We had a phone conversation with Nima to discuss how this decision compares with their view on vape pens.
Perceptions and definitions in vapour
CLN: What is the difference between a vape pen and a vaporizer?
Nima Noori: Vapes work with processed derivatives; vaporizers work with organic material. So the difference is, let’s say in one you put ketchup and in the other you put a tomato. In ketchup, you have a bunch of different preservatives, salts, sugars, or whatever they put in there to make it the right consistency. To almost hack your brain in a way to like it more.
How do you feel the vape crisis has affected TVAPE’s customer trends and their perception of vape pens?
“It makes the product naturally more relevant… Organic, unprocessed material is given much more preference and importance as to say processed fast foods… Unfortunate events brought the attention of the consumer base and the industry more towards sticking with the stuff our bodies are tuned to. The first documented use of cannabis happens to be more than 5000 years ago, as compared to processed oils and derivatives which are a rather new phenomenon.
Free the cart
What are your thoughts on outright banning as opposed to regulating?
If you hang hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of profit in front of somebody who is maybe not even able to get a customer service job, they are not going to do their due diligence. Not if you tell them all they have to do is to fill these cartridges with these oils they get in their basement.
It would be a huge favour to everyone in the black market if they outright ban the processed vape products. The government needs to push the legal market forward to kill the black market, and they can do that responsibly.
I think the juggling match our regulators are dealing with right now is to manage the illegal market while ensuring the legal one is safe. They put very strict requirements on these labs and processing facilities and have many different high caliber human resources on this stuff. So there can be proper testing for them to, over time, figure out at least what’s the best thing their research can come up with.
Heavy metal tanks
Do you feel other ends of the vape pen and juice create toxins as well, such as silica in a burnt wick?
“…they also have some cotton. When you go through heating on that minute level they pour through the ceramic pores and get vaporized. When you get into the vape pens where the oils are flowing through the internals of the device, I would say more due diligence needs to be done there.
It becomes a problem when the heating element is inside the air path. With vape pens that are obviously just the case by design. When you take other technology, like e-cig technology, you can literally look inside the cartridge and the wick is soaking in the juice.
These corners were cut to match a specific market demand – the cheapest product available.
One of them the insulating material was right next to the air pathway! You can imagine it like tiny thin crystals… fiberglass, almost. if you take that insulating material out of the unit and tap it over a black surface, you will see tiny shards coming off of it.
Vape pens and their toxic viscosity
I am just not a big fan of anything process in my food. I do my own juices and stick to as raw as possible things, consuming very little meat. If I do, it is fish. So based on that one can already see that I stay away from anything processed.
These carrier oils have not been long-term teste. Anything in Canada has very much refrained from testing… Absent professional entities and labs think it is extremely dangerous to procure anything like that from the black market.
Nima also advises against the use of terpenes as thinning agents.
I got a vape pen from another US manufacturer. It was lavender taste and it was so pungent that after a couple draws, I never went back to it. I would caution against any flavoring that isn’t natural given the information we have. By the time you get to an accident where a few things just create havoc, it’s just too late I have seen… Once you crush up and process a tomato, that to me is not organic anymore.