V-Meds

V-meds is a newly coined phrase referring to vaporized medicine; a new development that moves beyond outdated medical solutions such as Vicks Vaporub, and progresses prescription medicine into the technologically advanced era we live in now. An electronically revolutionised era, where all manner of medicines can be vaporized and inhaled. An era where the hypodermic needle can retire, and painful jabs become a thing of the past.

In 2016 the regulators of the medical world will be taking control of and overseeing e-liquid, e-cigarettes and vaporizers, this making the path to market easier for devices with medical application.

V-meds could soon be sold over the counter in chemists and surgeries, with many brands offering a vaped alternative for treating ailments like influenza and cancer. Vaporizing technology is moving forward at a steady pace with developments in delivery systems making it possible to administer a controlled and measured dose of medicine with each vape.

V-meds: pain relief

Taking traditional tablets such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin for aches and pains can be a pain in itself; the pills are huge and hard to swallow, they taste fowl if they touch your tongue, and most annoyingly you have to wait up to half an hour to see any effect. The new method of vaporizing medicines, even commonplace painkillers, can eliminate all three of the hassles mentioned above.

A convenient use for the advancement of vaping medicine is the regular use of painkillers, that could now become instantly effective and simple to deliver a specific controlled dose.

V-meds: cannabis

With the emergence of vaporizing technology as an aid to quit smoking tobacco, there was a realization that other substances can be vaped as a healthier, less intrusive way of medicine administration. Take cannabis for example, in its many forms marijuana has been hailed as a natural cure for some diseases and as a natural form of pain relief. Before vaporizing, cannabis would have been taken orally or smoked; you can also eat cannabis, which is not known to harm the body but takes longer to take effect, as it has to be digested.

Most people know that smoking cannabis is harmful, particularly when rolled with tobacco, and that many gases contained in the smoke are harmful and over time can cause other illnesses. Vaping in the form of v-meds offers a healthier alternative to smoking; none of the harmful gases are released when cannabis is vaporized. When cannabis is vaporized it gets into the bloodstream much quicker compared to ingestion, offering a quicker and more targeted form of pain relief.

V-meds: cancer treatment

In the future, v-med applications could include headache and migraine relief, replacing traditional pills and powders. Heating the medicine before administration also creates a whole new avenue of research into flu and cold treatment, could it be that with v-medicine technology we finally find a cure for the common cold?

Cancer treatment is also another particularly important potential application for v-meds, and some of the many drugs taken to combat cancer could be vaped instead of ingested or injected. Anyone who has had cancer treatment or knows someone that has been through the ordeal, knows that swallowing 20+ pills per day can be tough in itself. Vaping some, if not all, of the medicine is a possibility that’s far less taxing for an extremely ill person.

Taking cannabis oils as a treatment for cancer is a method that some people swear by, vaping the cannabis oil makes this method much less harmful compared to burning and smoking the oils. More and more people are trying alternative treatments, and providing sufferers with a safer means of administering treatments is something pharmaceutical manufacturers should be making a priority.

E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes: a revolutionary evolution in nicotine delivery. E-cigs are used to vaporize e-nicotine which has far lower associated health risks than that of tobacco. The self-contained e-cig comprises of two parts: the battery and the atomizer. The atomizer contains the e-liquid which in turn contains the nicotine and is generally screwed onto the battery.

When the e-cigarette is puffed a censor activates the hot plate, heating a shot of liquid to vaporizing temperature. The exact temperature that e-liquid vaporizes at varies depending on the specific brand and recipe. Once the vaporized e-liquid is inhaled, the nicotine mostly enters the bloodstream via the cheeks and mouth and less through the lungs like the nicotine in tobacco smoke.

E-cigarettes are becoming more widely used and commonplace in society, particularly amongst younger generations. As the industry develops, so does the language coined to describe it. Cig-a-like or cigalike, e-cig, and e-cigarette are all terms used to describe an electronic cigarette.

Rechargeable E-cigarette

Most e-cigs are rechargeable, they have a limited battery life. The length of time that a battery will last depends on how much it is used as well as the make of e-cigarette components. Some e-cig batteries do not work well in cold temperatures, with a fully charged lithium battery only lasting a few minutes in freezing conditions. Rechargeable e-cigarettes have their advantages and disadvantages both of which need to be thought through.

Portable e-cigarette charger

Charge your e-cig on the go with portable cigarette charger and e-cig docking stations. These devices enable multiple battery charges away from mains electricity supply. Some portable chargers also double as a cigarette packet, giving it that authentic look and making it easy to switch away from tobacco.

Solar E-cigarette charger

Even if you are miles from any source of main grid electricity, solar e-cigarette chargers allow you to carry on vaping. With a small amount of solar energy you can charge e-cigs anywhere. All you need is a relatively sunny day to make the most of a solar charger, and depending on the brand of charger you have, you will be able to charge enough batteries to last you through the night.

Disposing of E-cigarette batteries

Used e-cigarette batteries are a danger and should be disposed of correctly. So when disposing of e-cigarette batteries always be careful not to put them where they can be crushed, if they are crushed they can leak and cause a fire.

Pay attention to the damage that batteries can have on our environment both to humans and wildlife, batteries are very toxic to our environment and lithium ion batteries are no exception. If too many of these chemicals get into the ground and water systems it will have a major effect on both our health and the environment.

Dispose of batteries properly by using battery recycling points or sending the used batteries back to the supplier for them to dispose of on your behalf.

E-cigarettes and Water

E-cigarettes and water do not go! They do not like each other and are best kept apart. If your e-cig becomes wet do not continue to use it. Disconnect the atomiser from the battery and dry them both out. If you continue to use the battery when wet then it is likely to short which would damage your e-cig and likely break the battery. Worst case scenario is that it could explode, potentially resulting in injury..

E-cigarettes and Heat

Like most things, lithium ion batteries have optimum working parameters; if the conditions are too extreme one way or the other then the battery could break, seize, explode or drastically decrease in performance.

When e-cigarette batteries get too cold the length of battery life decreases, the battery becomes less active and releases far less energy. On the other hand, if the battery gets too warm it becomes more volatile and likely to explode. Manufacture warning labels instruct to keep out of direct sunlight and to store below 40c.There have been cases of batteries exploding, causing fire and injuries where they have malfunctioned through overheating.

E-cigarettes world order

E-cigarettes are not freely available for everyone, some countries have completely banned e-cig sales and advertising. To give you an idea of the current e-cigarette world order, you would firstly have to understand who, and what is behind the tobacco industry and then look at their links with the regulatory bodies and pharmaceutical companies.

Undoubtedly the corporation that will emerge on top will be the one with the best connections and have the strongest ties within the industry. Combine this with the most valuable assets in all three fields: tobacco industry, pharmaceutical industry and the regulation industry, then that corporation will hold a vast amount of power and control.

5 reasons vaping cannabis rocks!

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5. No rolling papers needed when vaping cannabis.

No need to carry rolling papers are needed when vaping cannabis. This means no drama when you’re outside and it’s raining with a packet of papers in your jeans pocket. Or trying to roll whilst your riding a bike just pull a vaporizer out of your pocket and vape!

4. No lighter when vaping cannabis.

No flame or matches are required when vaping cannabis, so you don’t have to worry about wind blowing out the flame or burning your fingers on matches. Nor do you have to try and make fire by rubbing sticks together or banging stones… Just push the vape button and boom! rip that bad boy!

3. No tar on your lips when vaping cannabis.

You know when you are sat in a circle passing a joint and blob of tar pops out of the filter into your mouth and onto your lips? Not when vaping! Or when the tobacco sucks through the filter and shoots down your throat? Not when vaping cannabis! An over all more pleasant way of smoking cannabis and one that maybe more socially accepted?

2. No soggy butts! when vaping cannabis

Smoking marijuana is a social habit, however when smoking a joint with an inexperienced smoker, sometimes they suck or even seem to French kiss the joint butt. So when it’s your turn to puff you get some soggy, cold joint butt to toke on. Not with vaping! If soggy suction occurs vaporizer tips are easy to wipe clean, this avoids eating other peoples spit.

1. No nasty combustion gases when vaping cannabis.

When you vaporize marijuana about 95% of the vapour produced is psychoactive cannabinoids, the stuff that gets you high. Compare this to a joint where around 20% of the smoke contains cannabinoids, leaving 80% of the smoke that you inhale from a joint, stuff you don’t need and is known to cause lung disease. Vaping erb offers a cleaner, crispier THC experience with next to none of the harmful gasses produced by combustion.

5 Advantages e-liquid

advantages e-liquid

Here are 5 advantages e-liquid has over tobacco. I will outline the advantages e-liquid has compared to the dirty weed. Tobacco has been around for hundreds of years and has been linked to deaths of millions of people. So it about time a new healthier alternative other than quitting came along to improve the health of the people. Nicotine is the addictive chemical in tobacco that people crave. It stimulates the brain receptors and releases endorphin’s, the brain gets used to the buzz and when you stop your brain goes crazy.

E-liquid gives your brain nicotine and it’ also a similar action to smoking. This makes it easier to quit smoking and nicotine free of e-liquid helps quit the nicotine addiction. Quit once and for all!

5. E-liquid flavors

E-liquid comes in a number of flavors, these flavors enhance the vaping experience and leave a pleasant taste in the mouth. There are so many flavors of e-liquid to choose from. Whether you like the taste of tobacco or want to mix things up with a fruity flavor. The choice is yours and there is plenty to choose from.

4. No yellow fingers with E-liquid

When e-juice is vaped fingers are left clean from yellowy brown nicotine stains associated with tobacco smoking advantages e-liquid. It was a disgusting by product of smoking tobacco, dirty yellow stained fingers. Especially if you were a heavy tobacco smoker. Tobacco would not just stain your fingers it would stain your teeth, mouth and nose. Disgusting!

3. The odor E-liquid

E-liquid produces little or no odor during vaporization, the only odor produced is generally pleasant and comes from the flavorings. It does not have the fowl stench of cigarette smoke, advantages e-liquid! You can get away vaping almost anywhere if you are discreet. If smoking tobacco you can smell it from 50 meters away. Smoking tobacco is smelly and hard to do discreetly.

2. Price advantages E-liquid

E-liquid is cheaper than tobacco: 20 Benson and Hedges are more than £9 a pack, around 45 p per cigarette. 30 ml of e-liquid is about the same price but can last 2-3 weeks advantage e-liquid. You can make your own e-liquid at a fraction of the price it is sold for in the shops as well. If you buy the raw ingredients you can make a 10 ml bottle of e-liquid very cheap. There are only 3 ingredients in E-liquid, minus the flavorings. The ingredients are propylene glycol, glycerin and nicotine.

1. No Nasty Toxins in E-liquid!

When e-liquid is vaped you don’t get any of the toxins associated with smoking cigarettes, that means no tar! No carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide! No lead and no arsenic! The latest expert advice on vaporizing is that they up to 95% safer than smoking tobacco. If you are a smoker you would be stupid not to switch to vaporizing. There are plenty of advantages e-liquid has compared to tobacco and probably more than I have outlined.

 

 

Past smoking regulations

Tobacco companies have been forced by law in many countries to remove logos and colour from packaging, include obligatory health warnings and graphic photographs of smoking-related-illnesses on packets and sponsorship and advertising has been banned from almost all public events (in the West). This is a bid by governments to encourage smokers to kick the habit, and to discourage those who don’t smoke already from starting.

Newly proposed regulations, coupled with price-per-packet and tax rises way above inflation over the last 20 years, are opening the door to a new form of smoking: electronic smoking. At present e-cigarettes offer a cheaper and (potentially) healthier alternative to smoking tobacco and include an array of products such as e-cigarettes, vaporisers, atomisers, cigars, pipes and shishas which are slowly but surely securing their position in the commercial marketplace.

What hurdles in the form of regulations will the e-cigarette manufacturers face in their battle against the tobacco giants? Well with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulating bodies yet to act it is still unclear and is leaving many people guessing.

“The current lack of regulatory oversight means that there is significant variability in device effectiveness, nicotine delivery and cartridge nicotine content both between and sometimes within product brands”(source)

 

Electronic Cigarettes History

Electronic cigarettes history

Everything about the electronic cigarettes history. Who designed the first e-cig? Tracing the electronic cigarettes from the history of tobacco.

‘Electronic cigarettes’ is an umbrella term to describe electronic vaping devices. These devices vaporize liquid nicotine into a mist that’s inhaled by the user. The e-cigarette devices come in various shapes and sizes. There are e-cigs, vaporizers, atomizers, electronic pipes, vape pen, electronic cigars. Using one of these is called ‘vaping’. They are being marketed as a healthier alternative to tobacco products, though there is no research to categorically prove this. No study can yet determine whether the new technology might cause long-term side effects or health implications. The distinct lack of long-term research studies is because the products are relatively new to the market.

History of Tobacco

Smoking of the tobacco plant can be traced back as far as 600 – 900 AD in comparison to electronic cigarettes that are truly in their infancy having only made it to the mass market at the beginning of the naughties. It is thought that the original concept for an electronic ciggarettes alternative to tobacco smoking was conceived by Herbert Gilbert who filed a patent for the first ever electronic smoking device in 1963. At this time tobacco smoking was not perceived as a health threat – in fact to the contrary – and was so ingrained as the status quo in the social psyche that Gilbert simply didn’t have the custom for his product idea, and so it remained just that – an idea.

E-cigarettes Inventor

Gilbert failed to launch his product beyond the drawing board, but a few decades later Han Lik was considerably more successful when faced with a public well educated in the dangers of smoking tobacco. He used the death of his father from lung cancer as motivation to develop a way of  inhaling nicotine without the superfluous chemicals, toxic smoke, bleached paper and noxious tar entering the body with it. The company he worked for at the time, Ruyan, encouraged and supported Lik’s product invention, manufacturing and introducing them to the Chinese market in 2003. They were an instant success and within a few years the products similarly flourished in the European and US markets too.

In 2008-9 preliminary research results started to emerge, and a study conducted by Health New Zealand and with funding from Ruyan found that of 50 tobacco smoke toxins tested none were detectable above trace level in e-cigarette vapour. They concluded that inhaling mist from an electronic cigarette is 100-1000 times less dangerous than smoking tobacco cigarettes. Dr Murray Laugesen who conducted the study said,

“They are not going to die from an e-cigarette-but they could die tomorrow from a heart attack due to their smoking.” (source)

Electronic cigarettes history conclusion

In spite of some positive results from the initial short-term studies, some countries imposed strict regulations due to the uncharted territory of such a new and untested technology, and others implemented both full and partial bans backed by legal legislature. It would be tedious to outline the laws and regulations in every country, but some are particularly interesting. For instance, Canada allows the advertisement, use and sale of electronic vaporizers, however it is entirely illegal to bring the devices and paraphernalia into the country from elsewhere. Brazil has imposed a full ban on the usage, advertisement, sale and purchase of e-cigs, determining that e-cigarettes are imitation tobacco. The use and sale of e-cigs are legal in most European countries, with the exception of France which has imposed bans to treat e-cigarettes with the same stringent laws for traditional tobacco products.

E-cigs: blessing for tobacco industry?

tobacco industry

Does the tobacco industry need to fear E-cigs?

Electronic smoking is a blessing in disguise for tobacco farmers. With time it may see many of the farmers who have moved away from tobacco farming make a return. It’s ironic to think that amid panic over the future of tobacco. This reflected on stock markets around the world. Could this new form of electronic smoking offer a potential revival for tobacco farmers?

How can e-cigs help tobacco farmers when electronic cigarettes do not burn tobacco?

The reason of course is the nicotine, the addictive compound produced commercially. Nicotine is extracted from the Nicotinia tobacum and Nicotina rustica plants. Nicotine only accounts for about 5% of the tobacco leaves by weight. It is this 5% that is used by the electronic smoking industry to make e-liquids for vaporizers and E-cigs.

A farmer growing tobacco for the e-liquid market, so the nicotine can be extracted, bottled and sold. Throws away around 95% of their harvested crop. During the extraction process some of the nicotine will be lost resulting in a lower final yield.

Synthetic and natural nicotine

There are types of synthetic nicotine that have been made in labs for years. Alarms have been raised about the safety of synthetic nicotine. The synthetic has been linked to the plight of the honey bee population. Synthetic nicotine is manufactured for use in pesticides. With several chemicals in the manufacturing process are listed carcinogens.

The preferred method of obtaining nicotine is extraction from cultivated tobacco plants. This the firm favorite in terms of use by e-liquid manufacturers.

Tobacco industry growth

It is predicted that in 2021 the number of e-smokers will surpass that of traditional tobacco smokers; will the current nicotine extraction process be able to keep pace with the rise in nicotine consumption?

Will the rise in nicotine consumption result in more land being required to grow tobacco crops?  And will this effect the price of other types of produce in the future?

Early signs are showing possible rejuvenation and predicted re-growth in the tobacco industry. This aided by a device that many people thought would bring around its demise. Electronic smoking poses no threat to tobacco farmers, to the contrary – it offers them a future, a future that will be structured by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other governing bodies.

A healthier alternative?

The early research studies suggests vaporising offers a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco, so is this all that is required for corporations to push out a semi-socially accepted, legal, addictive drug or should we be striving to ban the use of nicotine in its recreational form?

A ban on nicotine would certainly be bad news for tobacco farmers but is extremely unlikely to happen. Following more research and the planned regulation of e-cigarettes in the UK in 2016, health officials in the NHS are considering prescribing  e-cigs as an aid to quitting smoking.

This adds weight to the debate that electronic smoking has a positive health effect compared to tobacco smoking. If this is the case it will all but cement the well-established roots of the tobacco industry. Stock markets will reveal this information as the number of electronic smokers increase and the demand for e-liquid rises.

Has tobacco finally met its match?

tobacco lighter

Well, trending figures would suggest not really – not yet anyway. Demand for tobacco is still high, despite recent legislation in many countries to ban smoking in public places. It seems they are trying to ostracise those who smoke by pushing them outside on to cold rainy doorsteps.

Recent studies show that in some parts of the world smoking tobacco is becoming less popular. If you look at global statistics the number of tobacco smokers is actually rising.

Tobacco vs Electronic smoking

Online sales of e-cigs are flourishing. New specialist high street vaporizing shops are opening. As well as existing tobacco retailers selling electronic paraphernalia alongside tobacco products.

Research conducted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that between 1990 and 2010 the price of a packet of cigarettes in the UK more than doubled from around £2.80 to £6.  Therefore e-cigs not only offer the possibility of a healthier alternative to puffing on tobacco, but also present a less costly way of obtaining nicotine – the only listed addictive component of cigarettes.

E-cig users are on the rise in many countries; sales in the UK increased by 340% in 2013. The industry is expected to be worth £340 million per annum by 2015. At present ‘old school’ cigarette smokers are still by far the majority of the smoking population,  though it is predicted that e-cigarette revenue will overtake tobacco within the next decade.

It is estimated that around 42.1 million Americans over the age of 18, around 20% of the adult population, smoke on a regular basis. The percentage of male smokers is slightly higher than female smokers. In Europe the figures are similar but with a higher total percentage of smokers at around 29% of the adult population regularly smoking tobacco products.

The number of of people with a nicotine addiction has dropped quite rapidly in the last few years. Addiction is down around 7% in Europe since 2005. Still it’s not far off 1 in 3 of us that smoke.

So why should we quit smoking tobacco?

We have been warned for quite some time of the adverse health effects that tobacco addiction causes. Lung disease, heart disease, bad breath and stained teeth to name a few. The social implications are causing smokers to be evermore ostracised and cast out from a new healthier less nicotine-dependant society. One that is adopting a more intolerant view towards smokers in an attempt to change peoples habits; this pressure is working to an extent with smoking numbers declining and less new smokers starting up.

Non-smokers are adopting a hard lined defense towards electronic smokers. This despite the fact that electronic smoking poses a very low health risk if passively inhaled. The FDA is proposing a complete ban on e-smoking in public places. Even though research shows the effect to a person’s health is improved compared to smoking tobacco.

The health impact and anti-social aspect of smoking has always been the main spearhead in non-smoking advertisements. So if electronic smoking offers a “healthier” almost odourless alternative what is the problem?

Conclusion

The tobacco industry’s roots lie way back in 1492 after Columbus arrived home from the Americas. Tobacco is now being reinvented with innovative technology. Although maintaining the same morals, driven by money and greed. E-smoking devices are new products in an almost virgin market. Corporations are trying to get as many addicted to a new brand of nicotine double time. This form can be flavored, advertised on TV and endorsed by celebrities. In a free market it’s open to entrepreneurs all aiming to make as much money as possible. It’s hard to say if this new technology has taken us backwards or forwards in terms of ethical thinking. Backwards or forwards in terms of health. Long-term data will have to be analysed in due course and only time will tell.