Here at Revolutionary Clinics, we know a lot of our patients are frustrated, confused and angry about the four month ban on all vape products that went into effect on September 24. While we appreciate the concern for public safety that inspired this action from our local government, we stand behind the quality and safety of our products. This pledge applies to all of the vape cartridges and disposable vape pens that we manufacture at our own facilities or purchase from vendors we’ve vetted and trust.

The CDC itself is unclear what is causing the health problems and the dozen deaths in ten states. Cannabis business publications suspect the unethical addition of Vitamin E acetate in products developed by unregulated manufacturers. These unregulated manufactures use Vitamin E acetate as an inexpensive additive to dilute the cartridge without compromising the vaporization process. As a supplement, Vitamin E is helpful but when vaporized and inhaled deep into the lungs, Vitamin E eventually returns to its oils state where it harms lung cells and causes shortness of breath.

While the CDC investigates this theory and others to explain the sudden escalation in vaping-related health problems, Revolutionary Clinics will comply with this temporary ban despite our steadfast conviction that our products are safe.

In the meantime, we wish to remind our vaping patients of the many different consumption alternatives we have available at our dispensaries. Let’s start with a refresher of why vaping has become your preferred method of ingestion – powerful medicine that works fast. While your natural inclination will be to go back to flower or pre-rolls, you’re going to be happier with products that mirror the speed and potency of vaping. For that reason, we recommend:

Concentrates

At Revolutionary Clinics, we create our own concentrates under the X-trates brand in the form of shatter, wax and distillate oil. Concentrates are a bit more advanced than vape products but our Patient Advocates will be happy to guide you through the different ways to use them. For example, check out some of the different glass bubblers we carry that are ideally suited for concentrates:

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During your visit, we’ll also make sure you understand how much more potent concentrates are than the vape products you’re used to consuming. Most concentrates contain at least 40% THC and some have up to 80%. That’s powerful medicine that you’ll want a plan to consume in order to ensure a good medicating experience. Because they’re so much more potent, concentrates also have a bigger impact on your rolling 60-day allotment.  That makes it even more important to work out a consumption plan with one of our Patient Advocates so you don’t run out of medicine before you hit your 10 ounce limit.

Solventless concentrates

The difference between regular concentrates and solventless concentrates is a bit like the difference between regular produce and organic produce – it’s all about how it’s made.  All regular concentrates require a solvent like butane, propane or ethanol in order to extract the THC from the cannabis plant matter. With solventless concentrates, the THC is extracted without the use of any solvents. For example, kief is the crystal-like material that forms on the resin glands of the cannabis bud. We painstakingly separate the kief from the bud because it is naturally concentrated in THC. As we said earlier, traditional flower won’t be as potent as the vaping products you’re used to but sprinkling some kief into a bowl or applying it to a preroll will deliver a greater effect. Other solventless concentrate options include rosin and hash which are made with a combination of heat and pressure.

Edibles

We know what you’re thinking, there’s no way an edible is going to match the instant effect of vaping. That’s true, but edibles also give you a wide range of medication options, both for flavor and texture as well as potency. We offer a tasty lineup of fruit chews, lozenges, spreads and chocolate bars that are as enjoyable to consume as they are effective. Let one of our Patient Advocates tell you how you can use edibles for micro-dosing throughout the day as well as superdosing with extra strength edibles. They could become a delicious part of your treatment plan even after the 4-month vape ban expires.

Rapid Onset

If you’re not willing to wait for the effects of the edibles we just mentioned above, tinctures and drinks may deliver the speed you’re looking for. Since they’re in liquid form, your digestive system processes them faster than solid edibles.  Our Mile 62 pods feature THC-infused coffee and apple cider – perfect for crisp, fall days. Taken sublingually (under your tongue), our MXR tinctures are even faster and are available in uplift and sleep formulas that could be effective alternatives to vaping.

Like you, we wish the temporary vape ban wasn’t happening and we’re doing everything we can to advocate for our patients as well as the safety of our products. In the meantime, we’ll follow the letter of the law and do everything we can to connect you with alternative products that can help you maintain your treatment plan as effectively as possible. If you have questions you’d like us to answer before you come into one of our dispensaries, please use the form on our website. As always, we’re here to help!