Hydrogen cyanide found in THC vaping cartridges: reports

Bootleg marijuana vaping cartridges sold on the black market have been found to contain hydrogen cyanide, according to a report.

A California cannabis testing facility analyzed a sample of 18 cartridges containing THC – the active ingredient in marijuana – from both legal dispensaries and unlicensed dealers, NBC News reports.

No heavy metals, pesticides or solvents such as vitamin E were found in legal products. But all 10 cartridges on the black market tested positive for pesticides and myclobutanil, a fungicide that can be converted to hydrogen cyanide when burned, the analysis found.

"You certainly won't smoke cyanide," CannaSafe vice president Antonio Frazier told NBC News. "I don't think anyone would buy a cart labeled hydrogen cyanide on it."

  Fabian Castillo, who was in hospital due to a bootleg marijuana vape in August.
Fabian Castillo was in the hospital due to a bootleg marijuana vape in August. Instagram

Dr. Melodi Pirzada, pediatric pulmonologist at NYU Winthrop Hospital on Long Island, said the presence of the fungicide was "very disturbing" and would have an extremely toxic effect on any user.

Pirzada was also intimidated by the presence of vitamin E acetate, a viscous solution sometimes added to marijuana oils, found in some of the samples obtained from unlicensed dealers, NBC News reports.

Sales of marijuana weapons products are reportedly down as much as 60 percent in some states as public health officials try to find out what lies behind a mysterious illness that has sickened and killed some e-cigarette users.

State health officials in Oregon announced Thursday that another citizen had died of a weapon-related lung disease.

That brings the national figure to 13, compared to the 12 fatalities announced earlier in the day by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports The Oregonian. Another 805 confirmed and probable cases have been identified in 46 states, the CDC said.

Some 77 percent of people affected by the outbreak reported using products containing THC, the federal agency announced Friday. The exact cause of the illnesses remains unclear, but CDC officials advised people to stop using e-cigarettes or vaping products, especially those containing THC.

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