The increase in popularity of vaping products, both legal and illegal, is sparking a public health epidemic that has puzzled physicians. According to federal health authorities, 12 people have died from unexplained lung illnesses related to vape pens, while 805 others have been hospitalized in 46 states.
Dr. Melody Pirzada, a pediatric pulmonologist at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, New York, on Long Island, said, “We are struggling with a new epidemic.”
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of the patients used THC-containing vapes. THC is the psychoactive component in marijuana. Vitamin E acetate, a solvent used to “cut” cannabis for use in vape pens, has been blamed by some state health authorities for the outbreak.
However, according to the CDC, no single drug or device has been linked to all cases of vaping-related lung disease, leaving the medical community struggling with an unsolved health crisis.
At the same time, analysts say the FDA is having difficulty policing what has quickly developed into a billion-dollar business with a thriving black market.
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- Legal Dispensaries in California:
The Canarsie testing company found no heavy metals, pesticides, or residual solvents like Vitamin E in the three obtained from legal dispensaries in California.
However, Vitamin E was contained in 13 of the 15 samples taken from black market THC cartridges. Canarsie also looked for pesticides in ten of the uncontrolled cartridges. All ten were considered to be positive. Myclobutanil, a fungicide that can be converted to hydrogen cyanide when burned, was present in all of the products.
Myclobutanil’s presence, according to Pirzada, is “very concerning,” and “it’s going to have a very toxic effect on the lungs.” The presence of Vitamin E in the THC mixtures, according to the New York pulmonologist, is also known to cause serious lung damage when inhaled.
She said, “It should not be inhaled into your lungs.” Pirzada has treated four patients, all adolescents, who have developed lung damage as a result of vaping. Tests on the same vaping mixture used by one of her patients showed the presence of Vitamin E, according to her.
The 18-year-old boy had pneumonia-like symptoms when he arrived at the hospital. But, according to Pirzada, his condition soon worsened and he was put on a ventilator within 48 hours.
- Wisconsin Brothers Accused of Running Illegal THC Vape Cartridge ‘Empire’:
Authorities in Wisconsin are looking into whether a large-scale operation run by two brothers suspected of producing illicit THC-infused vape cartridges is linked to recent vaping-related illnesses and deaths around the world.
Tyler Huffines, 20, and Jacob Huffines, 23, were arrested after search warrants were executed at their family’s home in Paddock Lake and a leased condominium in Bristol, both in Kenosha County. According to Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, investigators suspect the younger brother was the “ringleader” of the “sophisticated” drug activity, and the condo was its headquarters.
According to authorities, $59,000 in cash, weapons, narcotics, and drug paraphernalia were discovered at the brothers’ Paddock Lake home. But, as Beth pointed out, that was just the “tip of the iceberg” in their supposed “empire of illicit drugs.”
According to Beth, the raid at the condo, which was leased under a false name, resulted in the discovery of 31,200 vape cartridges, each loaded with 1 gramme of liquid THC — cannabis’ most psychoactive ingredient — and ready to be distributed. There were also 98,000 empties vape cartridges box and 57 mason jars filled with liquid THC, each jar containing around $6,000 in THC, three money-counting devices, and 18 pounds of marijuana.
Amazon Quietly Pulls Marijuana Vape Materials from Site Amid Illnesses, Deaths
Amazon has secretly withdrawn some items that consumers could use to produce counterfeit marijuana vaping devices — the same products that have been connected to hundreds of accidents and at least six deaths around the country this year, along with nicotine vapes.
The Amazon products resembled marijuana products sold legally in the many U.S. states that have legalized recreational marijuana. They range from Exotic Carts marijuana vape cart packaging materials to bulk “California compliant” stickers stating that the item to which the labels are affixed is legal under the state’s marijuana laws.