The CDC has reported 450 cases across 33 states of severe acute respiratory distress syndrome possibly related to vaping. So far, five people have died from the lung condition associated with inhaled drug aerosols. This includes some cannabis pens.
From the CDC:
CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a cause, but all reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette products.
E-cigarettes are devices that deliver an aerosol to the user by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver marijuana or other substances.
Tests have shown that a contaminant of Vitamin E oil in vape products might be the reason for widespread illness in vape users.
Leafly reported last week that many people might be using bad vape pens without even knowing it.
A new diluent known as Honey Cut entered the illicit vape cart market in late 2018. The product, which dilutes THC oil without thinning the viscosity, is manufactured by an unknown company operating only with a web site. Officials at the terpene manufacturer True Terpenes, based in Portland, OR, told Leafly they tested Honey Cut earlier this year and found it to contain Vitamin E oil, aka tocopheryl-acetate. Two brands—Mr. Extractor of Oregon and Constance Therapeutics of California—told Leafly they’ve been selling forms of vitamin E oil into the vape cart market. Mr Extractor’s Drew Jones told Leafly he believes the oil is in 60% of carts in the US.
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And, many others have taken to social media to express concern.
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