THC in CBD Vapes - Banned Ingredients in UK Vapes

THC in CBD Vapes - Banned Ingredients in UK Vapes

What is THC and can you get THC vapes in the UK?

29 February 2024 | Hannah Rubery

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Vaping culture is booming the world over, not only for the quit-smoking category but CBD. The UK, in particular, has seen a sharp rise in the interest in CBD vaping, accompanied by a burgeoning curiosity in THC vaping, but draconian regulations often say otherwise. In this detailed exploration, we're going to take a deep puff from the vaporizer of legality and investigate just what presence THC really has in the UK vaping market, and why the inclusion of this psychoactive compound is, without a doubt, up in smoke.

Understanding THC and CBD

For the uninitiated, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, but the similarities largely end there. While both interact with our body's endocannabinoid system, they offer very different effects. THC is the compound that gets you 'high' and in the UK, is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Meanwhile, CBD has seen a surge in popularity for its wellness potential and has been legal to buy, sell, and use so long as THC levels remain under specific limits—specifically, less than 0.2% in its so-called 'isolate' form. So why does THC get a bad rep?

Health Implications

Given that THC is a controlled substance, its inclusion in any product without proper authorisation is not just a regulatory breach; it's a significant health concern. There's the classic stoner's dilemma of overeating or just wanting to sit down for one but more seriously, the potentially serious and often unpleasant side effects of overly strong THC expositions, including panic attacks, hallucinations, and an increased risk of psychotic illness in those predisposed. Not exactly the sort of hit you're likely looking for when seeking the calm and relaxation often attributed to CBD.

Safety Above All

Safety is of utmost importance in the vaping realm, and for good reason. The lungs are delicate instruments, and introducing unauthorized or unfamiliar substances to them can lead to significant and often unforeseen repercussions. It's akin to disrupting a well-oiled machine, with the added complexity of the disruption being radioactive. While the metaphor may stray from practicality, the message remains clear. When it involves THC in CBD vapes that are supposed to be THC-free, it's a severe form of sabotage.

Other Banned Ingredients

The list of banned ingredients in vaping doesn't stop at THC. The infamous diacetyl, a molecule predominantly associated with buttery flavourings, is blocked from use due to its link with 'popcorn lung.'

Vitamin E acetate, a CBD additive that had been used in some low-quality products, was flagged as a potential cause of the EVALI outbreak, which saw over 2,000 people hospitalised in the US.

Caffeine and Taurine, while not immediately as lethal, are still on the no-fly list for many vaping enthusiasts due to their potential interactions with E-Cigarette use.

Consumer Awareness

In the battle against unwanted additives, the consumer is often the last line of defence. It's crucial to educate yourself, to be vigilant about what you're ingesting—be it through your lungs or your digestive system—and to be discerning about your sources. If you're dabbling in the world of CBD vapes in the UK, do your research.

Look for reputable brands with transparent labelling and testing policies. Here at Cali Greens, we ensure that our products are not only THC-free but we go the extra mile to guarantee quality and compliance.

Identifying Safe Products

When perusing the shelves of your local vape shop or scrolling through an endless digital catalogue, there are a few tell-tale signs to look out for. First, check the THC content or, crucially, the absence of it. Look for products that provide independent lab reports to verify their compliance. Make sure you understand the additives. Ideally, there shouldn't be many and those there are should be easily identifiable and benign.

If something seems off, trust your instincts. In the increasingly crowded marketplace, safe and reliable products may require a little detective work but your health is worth it.

How Cali Greens Stands Out

Cali Greens deserve your attention for our unwavering dedication to quality and transparency. Our products undergo rigorous testing, and their lab reports are easily accessible. We proactively eliminate harmful ingredients and lead in creating safer vaping experiences. Cali Greens CBD vapes offer not only a THC-free experience but also a wholesome, gratifying product that avoids untested additives.


The UK has drawn a clear line in the sand when it comes to THC in CBD vapes, and the ban is more than a simple regulatory hurdle; it's a necessary restriction for the sake of public health. Navigating the world of CBD vapes can be daunting, but with a little knowledge and discernment, you can enjoy the benefits of CBD without the risks associated with illegal components. Remember, the future is bright—and not clouded by contaminants. Whether you're new to the scene or a seasoned vaper, remember to keep it safe and keep it legal. You and your health are worth it.