September 25th, 2019

// Concerned about Vape Products?

Concerned about Vape Products? 

Get to Know Medical Cannabis Alternatives and the Difference Between Solventless and Solvent-free.

Kailua-Kona—One of just two licensed medical cannabis growers and distributors on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Ethos is very concerned about the current news surrounding vaping. Severe lung disease experienced by people vaporizing nicotine and cannabis is serious, but the illness has not been linked to specific cannabinoids or terpenes. The issue has raised very real questions about the processes, ingredients and safety of this delivery method. 

Unfortunately, a direct cause of these instances has yet to be determined, but many speculate the answer may lie in the production process and additives being introduced to the cartridges. The CDC states, “No evidence of infectious diseases has been identified; therefore lung illnesses are likely associated with a chemical exposure.” This refers to chemicals such as Vitamin E Acetate and other additives, used by some dealers to produce vape-oil.

Stacey Marie Kerr M.D., Hawaiian Ethos Medical Advisor, commented on the current vaping situation, “As a physician, I implore all patients to use products that are quality lab tested for content and purity. Hawaiian Ethos’ products contain nothing but the plant with no additives of any kind. Our alternatives to pulmonary products are controlled-dose QDTs, effervescent tables, and capsules, supporting reproducible onset times. We believe in the efficacy of alternatives to pulmonary delivery, and micro-dosing to establish the least amount of medicine needed to achieve desired relief.”

The oil in Hawaiian Ethos’s vape cartridges contains only the cannabinoids and terpenes that were in the original plant, with absolutely no added chemicals, so vaporizing Ethos products remains a viable option for those needing rapid relief. And for those patients who wish to steer clear of vaping altogether, Hawaiian Ethos offers a variety of non-pulmonary Quick Dissolve Tablets and Effervescent Tablets. Dr. Kerr adds: “Our flower, vape cartridges, QDTs, capsules, tinctures, and salves have identical cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles.”

The difference between solventless and solvent-free:

The Hawaiian Ethos product development team has done extensive research on the most responsible and safe methods of production for each of our products. All of our extracts, including those that go into our vape cartridges, are solventless. This means that we only use water, heat and pressure to extract cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids from the plant. Along with upholding a pure extraction process, Hawaiian Ethos never adds any outside ingredients to our cartridges. Every extract sold in our dispensary comes straight from the plant with absolutely no additives, from the beginning of processing to the finished product.”

It is important to understand the difference between solventless and solvent-free. Solventless means no solvents were ever used in the production of the medicine. Solvent-free is a term used to describe a cannabis extraction process that uses either ethanol, butane, CO2, or other known solvents to extract cannabinoids from the plant. The solvents are then burned off and evaporated, leaving a cannabinoid isolate extract with no terpenes or flavonoids. Many solvent-free production procedures include introducing outside terpenes, flavors, or fillers to make the product taste better and/or get to the right consistency. In contrast, Hawaiian Ethos products have always been solventless vs. solvent-free. 

Traveling to Hawai’i?

Hawaiian Ethos is permitted to serve out-of-state medical cannabis patients.

Residents of the United States with a government-issued Medical Cannabis Registration Card may apply for an out-of-state medical cannabis card here.


Hawaiian Ethos’ first dispensary is located on Olowalu Street in Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Hawaiian Ethos is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.  A Hilo location will be announced soon.

For more information, please visit and @hawaiianethos on social media.

For current product list see:

Hawaiian Ethos   (808) 339-3205   PO Box 5379, Kailua Kona, HI, 96740


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