(WXYZ) — While the number of cases of lung injury linked to vape pens continue to rise, 18 THC cartridges were tested at a leading cannabis testing facility. Their findings are startling.
Of the 18 samples that were selected for testing at the CannaSafe lab in California, 3 were bought from legal dispensaries while the rest came from the black market.
Now here’s what was found: the 3 legal dispensary’s THC cartridges were clean, they had no pesticides, heavy metals or residual solvents.
Now for the bad news, of the 15 black-market products that were tested, 13 contained vitamin E. Also, 10 products from unlicensed dealers were also tested for pesticides, and all of them came up positive.
Here’s what’s really concerning, the products all contained a dangerous chemical used as a fungicide – and that’s myclobutanil. And when it’s burned, it can turn into hydrogen cyanide.
And that’s very disturbing.
Hydrogen cyanide is a chemical compound and it’s extremely poisonous. It interferes with how the body uses oxygen.
So if you’re inhaling myclobutanil which can then turn into hydrogen cyanide, it could be very toxic to your body.
As for Vitamin E, it should never be vaped either because when you inhale it, it too can significantly damage your lungs.
Unfortunately, the CDC has not yet found a specific cause or identified a substance linking all of the cases. And while the majority of patients have said they’ve used vapes with THC, some say they’ve only used e-cigarettes that contain nicotine.
So even with this recent testing of the THC cartridges, we can’t yet point the finger at a specific cause.
The CDC is advising people to refine from using e-cigarettes or vaping products
And that if you do buy, stay far away from the black market, so please do not buy off the street.
Better yet, in my opinion, now would be a good time to consider kicking the e-cigarette habit.
For more details on the outbreak of lung injuries linked to vaping, visit the CDC.org.
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