Is Vaping Safe?
Why Are So Many People Getting Sick From Vaping and is Vaping Safe?
Is Vaping Safe? Is Vaping Medical Marijuana Safe? It's a question on the minds of many.
Clearly, it is imperative for the US to get to the bottom of what is making people sick. While the answer is not fully known at this point, NBC News had an in-depth look at vaping cartridges including testing them for THC percentage, cutting agents, and pesticides. Check out the results on nbcnews.com. In summary, NBCNews found that in their test, legally purchased tested vaping products had accurate THC descriptions, no solvents considered dangerous and no pesticides. On the other hand, many black-market vapes had lower than advertised THC and had pesticides and other dangerous additives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the patients reported using vapes containing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Some state health officials have indicated that Vitamin E acetate, a solvent used to "cut" cannabis for use in vape pens, may be responsible for the outbreak.
At the same time, the FDA is struggling to police what has rapidly grown into a billion-dollar industry with a booming black market, experts say.
The result: Americans have access to an astonishing assortment of THC vape pens without having any way of knowing what’s actually in them.
Seeking answers, NBC News commissioned one of the nation's leading cannabis testing facilities to test a sampling of THC cartridges — 18 in all — obtained from legal dispensaries and unlicensed dealers. The findings were deeply troubling.
Of the three purchased from legal dispensaries in California, the testing company found no heavy metals, pesticides or residual solvents like Vitamin E.
But 13 out of the other 15 samples from black market THC cartridges were found to contain Vitamin E.
They also tested 10 of the unregulated cartridges for pesticides. All 10 tested positive.
The products all contained myclobutanil, a fungicide that can transform into hydrogen cyanide when burned.
The New York pulmonologist also expressed alarm about the presence of Vitamin E, which is also known to cause significant lung damage when inhaled, in the THC mixtures. "It should not be inhaled into your lungs," she said.
The long and short, vaping regulated products are generally thought to be safe. Stay away from unregulated sources and only purchase from reputable manufacturers.
Check out the story "Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide" for details on their vaping testing.
As reports began to appear of a potential linkage between lung injuries and vaping products, NCIA’s Policy Council established a Safe Vaping Task Force. The Task Force’s efforts transitioned to a new phase in late November 2019 when health experts confirmed that the proximate cause of many of the injuries and deaths were attributable to vitamin E acetate used as a thinning agent in illicit market products. Today, it appears that public health experts have concluded that additives from the illicit market appear to be the primary cause of the lung injury crisis. Ultimately, one thing is clear: we must stop the flow of unregulated and untested products to consumers from the illicit market. READ MORE
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