The vaping EPIDEMIC came furiously- out of what seems like nowhere. As the CDC frantically searches to pin-point the exact cause of many sudden deaths, there are a few things you need to know before you vape, and even smoke cannabis in general.
No “Black Market” products are safe. With regulation of cannabis on the recreational market, most states require pesticide testing and potency testing. Unfortunately, Washington State only requires potency testing so there are still cartridges and concentrates on the market that could be unsafe. Many inexperienced growers will use illicit pesticides instead of working on controlling their environment. One such product, Eagle 20, is used to treat powdery mildew on ORNAMENTAL FLOWERS- NOT MEANT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. When Eagle 20 reaches combustion, it turns into cyanide, which could be one of the contributors to the double-digit deaths that have happened this year.
Another product that has been popular among mostly e-cigs and THC distillate cartridges in both the black and rec market, is a chemical that creates fatty deposits in the lungs and can ultimately lead to pulmonary failure, Tocopheryl acetate. Sometimes this compound is being used to cut up to 40%- 50% of the finished product.
So how do you know who to trust? Here are a few tips:
- Find a KNOWLEDGEABLE store
- Know your farm. Find retail locations that conduct vendor days- then you can ask the farm directly about their process
- Go to the Liquor and Cannabis Control Board website to view all licensed producers, concentrate processors and retailers’ violations. It’s your body, do your due diligence. Here is the link: