Who’s to Blame for Fake THC Cartridges? CDC Responds!

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THC Cartridges, as you are probably aware of by now, have been causing a lung issue, and have forced many dispensaries to remove cartridges from their shelves. Now, according to the CDC, we know which product was cited the most.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that they have more insight to the fake cartridges, and the cartridges that were injected with Vitamin E acetate, and caused 2,300 EVALI cases and 48 deaths.

The product cited the most throughout the incidents were branded as “Dank Vapes,” which is apparently not even a real company. According to TIME, “An Inverse investigation found that Dank Vapes is not a legitimate company, but rather a label often affixed to counterfeit products produced by unknown makers.

“They act like a cannabis company, but they actually don’t exist. They’re in the packaging industry.”

Local 4 cites the full report:

“Dank Vapes was the brand used by 56% of the hospitalized patients nationwide.

Dank is not a licensed product coming from one business, it is empty packaging that can be ordered from Chinese internet sites. Illicit vaping cartridge makers can buy the empty packages and then fill them with whatever they choose.

Other product names at the top of the list from CDC were TKO (15%), Smart Cart (13%) and Rove (12%).”

Brian King, a senior CDC official on the investigation, said: “It’s not likely that a single brand is responsible for this outbreak.”

So far, the CDC thinks that the worst part of this “outbreak” is over, but some of the patients said that they were only smoking nicotine or CBD, so there might still be a chance that some counterfeit products are out there.

The safest thing you can do right now if you are a consumer of marijuana products is to make sure you aren’t purchasing “Black Market” vape products. If you are insistent on vaping, another option is to get a dual-type vaporizer that can handle carts, wax, and concentrate at the same time, like this one from Ooze called the Ooze Duplex Dual Extract Vaporizer. That way, you can still vape, but using Wax will help you avoid (hopefully) any bad cart scenarios.

If you experience any symptoms after vaping that include trouble breathing, chest pain, fatigue and vomiting, please seek medical attention immediately.

 


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