- In a test of cannabis vape cartridges conducted by NBC News, 15 out of 15 illegal wagons contained a antifungal agent that, when burned, could turn into hydrogen cyanide – an extremely dangerous poison.
- All legal vape wagons tested were considered safe.
- In addition to the fungicide, 13 out of 15 contained vitamin E – a solvent used to cut cannabis wraps.
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Vaping, once believed to be a safe alternative to smoking, faces increasing control over an increasingly visible health crisis: 530 total possible cases of vape-related lung disease, according to the CDC.
And it's not just cigarette smoking that makes people wary ̵[ads1]1; cannabis is also available in vape form. But like so many black market goods before it, the world of illegal weed vapors is obsessed with the potential for dangerous additives that can harm users.
A recent NBC News study documented exactly how real the potential danger is: Of the 15 black-field cannabis vape wagons NBC had tested, 13 came back positive for containing vitamin E-acetate – a solvent used to cut cannabis which, when it enters the lungs, can trigger an immune response that causes pneumonia.
Even worse: Of the illegal wagons NBC tested, all 15 tested positive for myclobutanil – a fungicide that, when burned, can turn into hydrogen cyanide.
That's not all bad news – NBC News also tested three cannabis vape cartridges from a California legal dispensary, all from different manufacturers.
All three came back clean, with the test facility having found "No heavy metals, pesticides or residual solvents such as vitamin E."
But without federal regulation of cannabis vape wagons and the legality of cannabis so balkanized, it is difficult to regulate dangerous additives in vape wagons. While the federal government is struggling to regulate the fast-growing market, it offers a straightforward solution that will work for everyone: consider buying and using a black gun cart.
"If you are thinking of buying one of these products from the street, out the back of a car, out of a trunk, into a back alley," said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, recently, "or if you should go home and make changes to the product yourself using something you bought from a third party or got from a friend, think twice. "