So I was tasked with tackling this beast of a subject and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. I did as much research as I could possibly do on organic e-liquid before my brain melted. The next few paragraphs will include my findings and allow you to form your own opinion. Let’s start by going through the ingredients in a typical e-liquid.
So, we’ll start with the obvious. In order to have a USDA certified organic e-liquid all ingredients that it contains must be certified organic themselves. This sounds fairly obvious until you break down a typical e-liquid. Most e-liquids on the market have PG in them, or Propylene Glycol, which is a synthetic substance and therefor cannot be organic. So there is step 1 in identifying an organic e-liquid, absence of PG.
Vegetable glycerin, or VG, is certifiable organic because it is derived from vegetables. As stated above, these vegetables must be grown, picked, and processed in a USDA approved fashion but it is 100% possible to have USDA approved VG. In fact, if you want to vape a guaranteed 100% organic e-liquid your best bet is to vape straight 100% organic VG. But where’s the fun, or flavor, in that.
This is where things get really interesting. In order to be classified organic one of the stipulations is that no pesticides can be used. That will be rather difficult as nicotine itself was used as a pesticide as far back as the 1700’s. But somehow a few companies were able to get the USDA organic seal in their flavors that include nicotine. Vape Organics has the USDA seal proudly displayed on their home page along with their test results. If you read through those results you will see that nicotine is a clear ingredient in a lot of the juices listed. With a little research you will see that QAI is in fact an accredited agency by the USDA. Another company claiming USDA organic is Virgin Vapor who also has the USDA organic seal on several of their flavors. I will let you study the evidence and draw your own conclusions.
So there you have it folks. I’m not willing to say one way or the other if there is truly a 100% USDA certified organic e-liquid on the market. Now you may laugh and point to the nicotine section where I showed you the certifications and think that I’m an idiot since I put the information in front of you in black and white. But here’s my take on the whole thing, there’s always a loophole. Whether it’s by changing the wording on a description or tweaking a process somewhere to make it fit into the guidelines, there’s always a work around somewhere. I will say this, if vaping organic e-liquid makes you feel better then do it, it’s still better than smoking a cigarette.