I decided to write this post after mixing terps with my CBD distillate. The fumes of the terpenes had me feeling quite woozy…
I just got done reading through the safety sheets of a couple of terpene flavors, and I had a couple of concerns. My first, and most frightening one is carbon monoxide. In section 10.6 (Hazardous Decomposition Product) of the mimosa safety sheet (https://trueterpenes.com/certificates/sds/Mimosa_PN_SDS_True_Terpenes.pdf) it states that carbon oxides form under fire conditions (carbon monoxide). I value my brain quite alot, and I would be very sad if I got brain damage from carbon monoxide. So, I want to ask what “fire conditions” include. Is there a certain heat at which carbon monoxide may form? There have been a couple occasions where I accidentally dropped a little bit of terpenes on my hotplate mixer (heated to ~80 degrees celcius) and the terpenes sizzled, smoke emerging. Would this be included as “fire conditions”, in turn creating carbon monoxide?
My second concern is formaldehyde. I understand that the terpenes themselves do not contain any cancer-causing chemicals or do they ever produce any. However, as we live in this modern world with plenty of pollution, indoor pollution is very real and there is ozone in our homes. When terpenes mix with ozone, formaldehyde is created.
“Unsaturated VOCs like monoterpenes (e.g. d-limonene and α-pinene) react with ozone to
produce radical products such as OH, HO 2 and RO 2 , as well as stable products such as
aldehydes (e.g. formaldehyde)” -Impact of Ozone-initiated Terpene Chemistry on Indoor Air Quality and Human Health (https://future4200.com/uploads/short-url/9DZXPfJ5ku5BSBwSC9BWza4AFej.pdf).
Do you have anything to say about this? As it is very concerning…
My third concern comes from experience. I was using terpenes (mimosa flavor) to mix with CBD distillate. I mixed approximately 20ml of terpenes with 250ml of CBD distillate at a temperature of 80 degrees celcius but for short periods reaching a maximum of 90 degrees celcius. During the process of mixing, the smell of the terpenes became almost overwhelming. I was wearing a cloth mask with a filter during the process (like these: https://www.polishingjewellery.co.uk/product/dust-masks/). I noticed that I became quite intoxicated. I felt lightheaded, I had issues typing correctly on my phone, I felt kind of dizzy, and I felt I had some issues speaking straight. After a short bike ride the symptomps faded a bit but persisted throughout the night. The day after I felt fine but had a headache, I took 600mg of ibuprofen and it faded. After reading that carbon monoxide could form, I got very worried that this could possibly have been due to carbon monoxide. It very well could have just been the terpenes though because in section 8.1 of the mimosa safety sheet (https://trueterpenes.com/certificates/sds/Mimosa_PN_SDS_True_Terpenes.pdf), on of the remarks is “Central nervous system impairment”. However, another and possibly more concerning one is “Lung damage”.
Can anyone confirm with me that I am not going to get carbon monoxide poisoning, inhale formaldehyde (and maybe get some cancer later on), or cause damage to my lungs, brain, or CNS by mixing terpenes indoors? And in the process, what safety measures should I take? Mixing the terpenes outdoors is not always an option. How good does ventilation have to be? What mask would protect me from the CNS effects and from possible lung damage and formaldehyde exposure?
Even better than creating a ventilation setup, what other flavoring options do I have besides terpenes? I refuse to use flavor concentrates that are mixed with MCT, are there any flavor concentrates mixable with distillate?
TL;DR: I’m concerned about carbon monoxide (produced under “fire conditions”???), concerned about formaldehyde (terpenes mixed with ozone produce formaldehyde), and I’m concerned about lung damage. I want to know what I can use to protect my self sufficiently. Or even better, what I can use other than terpenes to flavor my carts. Are there any non-MCT based flavor concentrates I can mix with distillate?