View Single Post
Old May 13th, 2008, 03:46 AM
Scoop's Avatar
Status: Offline
Hookah Guru
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: the City of Angels
Posts: 2,752
Default Re: vegetable glycerin

Originally Posted by JamesBeach View Post
We regard vegetables as cleaner and healthier than something which is an "animal byproduct," a term that is loathsome for most Western sensibilities. However, what you are describing is purely perceptual. The term "glycol" defines a specific chemical compound; if there were to be any difference, even if it were a difference of just one element, it would no longer be glycol at all. Therefore, glycol is glycol is glycol.

It's a moot point anyway, since as I stated it doesn't appear animals are commonly used as a source for the compound anymore in light of the abundance of waste glycol thanks to biodiesel. That option is both cheaper and appeals to our love for cute, fuzzy things; there would be no reason to use animal-derived glycol. I would expect a container that says "glycerine" on it and a container that says "vegetable glycerine" on it to contain glycol from the same source.
if this is the case, then h2o is always h2o...however human thought seems to effect water...
Reply With Quote