Using vaporizers may be the go-to gadget for many cannabis users because they’re discreet and easy to use. But vaping itself is coming under close scrutiny.
Vapes linked to lung disease
Across the US, more than 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with using e-cigarettes have been reported to the Center for Disease Control. Just last week a sixth death from lung disease was reported. This has raised concern about the safety and regulations of e-cigarettes.
A federal investigation
A federal investigation into links between vaping and lung illnesses reports that although some patients have reported using e-cigarettes containing cannabinoid products such as THC, as of yet the investigation has not identified a cause.
Vitamin E acetate is now a key focus in the investigation into the illnesses. The investigation has found that levels of the chemical vitamin E acetate were found in nearly all cannabis-containing vaping products it analyzed. The New York Department of Health says tests conducted at its Wadsworth Center lab in Albany showed high levels of vitamin E acetate in cannabis-containing samples.
FDA denies a link to cannabis products
Food & Drug Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Caccomo says "At this time, more information is needed to better understand whether there's a relationship between any specific products or substances and the reported illnesses.”
Vaping cannabis extracts, including synthetic and biosynthetic cannabinoids – often called Spice, K2 or fake weed – is becoming increasingly popular. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fake weed mimics the psychoactive effects of organic cannabis and it’s much cheaper to produce than natural cannabis. Trouble is, it’s highly addictive and very dangerous. One Center for Disease Control report identified 155 cases of unexplained bleeding and four deaths linked to synthetic cannabinoid usage in a short period from March to April 2018.
More worrisome is that the difference between the two isn’t always clear. Fake cannabis producers create these substances in a lab and then spray them on plant matter to make them look like organic cannabis.
We need tougher regulations
To ensure consumer safety, we need more stringent laws around growing and producing cannabis and cannabinoid products. Only those producers who adhere to Good Manufacturing Principles can assure you their products are produced and controlled according to quality standards set by the Food & Drug Administration.
When it comes to vaping, discretion and convenience should take a back seat to safety.
Every step of our cannabis manufacturing and processing adheres to Good Manufacturing Principles and quality standards set by the Food & Drug Administration.