Hundreds of people in at least 25 US states are suffering from a mysterious lung disease related to contaminated THC cartridges. At least six of them are dead. Government officials and clinicians urge people to stop using these products immediately.
While it has previously been thought that weeds are at fault, recent reports indicate that even reputable manufacturers and pharmacies may sell a deadly product. Experts believe that it is not the cannabis or THC that causes the disease, but additives such as vitamin E, PG and PEG. These are in oil form and are used to cut THC extracts to facilitate evaporation.
It has been demonstrated that PG and PEG decompose at temperatures around 450 ° F into carcinogenic substances, including formaldehyde. Consumers regularly steam at temperatures above 475F. Vitamin E oil, on the other hand, becomes acetate. It is known that the introduction of vitamin E acetate into the human respiratory tract leads to lipoid pneumonia and chronic lung disease.
Here's the big problem: There's no real control or regulation when it comes to consumer goods in the cannabis industry.
] It is expected that President Donald Trump will today issue a ban on flavored e-cigarettes in response to the crisis ̵
If you can not bring your personal cartridges to a lab, you probably can not tell if they're safe no matter where or how you bought them. There are no legal requirements according to which manufacturers of cartridges or suppliers of THC extracts have to test for substances such as vitamin E or its derivative acetate. And to the best of our knowledge, there are no government or local regulations that dictate this.
The Oregon Law does not require testing for adulterers; We only run the tests that our customers order, and testing for adulterants can be costly because of the time and expense of the instrument.
– Justin Ouellette (@jstn) September 9, 2019
In other words, throw a joint, eat a hash brownie or a vape cannabis blossom with loose leaves – but whatever you do, do not vaporize any liquids or oils. You should treat each cartridge as infested until the industry is regulated and peer review studies can identify the short and long-term dangers associated with the non-cannabis substances used to vaporize THC extract.
Current Research Announces the Dangers of Cannabis Use
There are no long-term studies on the effects of cannabis-derived THC on human health and psychology. In the strictest scientific sense, nobody should consume cannabis because there are no empirical studies of its effects. But if you still use cannabis, you can reduce your risks.
Edible products are a great option if you make them yourself, but it's worth remembering that the same unregulated companies also manufacture soiled cartridges producing THC-infused food products. Would you eat in a restaurant that has not been overseen by a local health inspector?
You can also burn cannabis – rolling a joint or smoking a pipe – but that carries many of the same risks associated with smoking tobacco products. Dabbing concentrates (flash evaporation of highly concentrated THC extracts) is not an alternative to dabbing cartridges unless you have extracted the concentrate yourself. Despite the information provided by your distributor, concentrates also contain additives and thus produce harmful terpenes. One study states that:
Users practicing this type of vaporization can run the risk of exposure to the lung irritants methacrolein and benzene. In addition, those who often use higher dab temperatures or have difficulty controlling nail temperature are at a higher risk of exposure to these toxins.
And that brings us back to steaming right away. Cartridges may be off the table, but there are more and more vaporizers on the market that use dried flowers – the same loose leaf you would use in a joint or bong.
How They Work:
- You pack a & # 39; oven & # 39; in the evaporator with ground herb.
- The vaporizer heats the herb to a set temperature (usually between 300 and 500 F).  You breathe in the vaporized THC
Since there is no burning (see: Fire), there is no smoke or ash. They breathe in vapor like liquid-filled cartridges, but without any oil, fat, or acetate additives associated with the current outbreak.
To evaporate the flower you only need an evaporator and an herb. You need a vape, which is specially designed for use with leaf. Otherwise, set your weeds on fire, damage your vape or both. A Google search for "dry herbal vaporizer" or "loose leaf vaporizer" should yield dozens of results. They cost between 60 and 400 US dollars, and the quality varies depending on the device. Here's TNW's review of Pax 3.
We've already said it, but as long as the ban is not lifted and researchers are able to use actual cannabis in long-term studies with human subjects, this will impossible Proper regulation of the industry for the sake of safety.
Traditional cannabis use over thousands of years has not led to any deaths, but in just a few months, the lawlessness of the Wild West weed has cost at least six lives and has left hundreds of people sick.
] The ban on flavored e-cigarettes will not change that, President Trump.