A test of several t he a dozen THC vape cartridges by NBC News has given some sober results: E very sample purchased on the black market was possessed by at least one toxic additive including a chemical linked to the mysterious vaping disease that has sickened hundreds .
The report comes amid an increasing health crisis that is believed to be vaping- related . On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that it has recorded 12 deaths from the unusual lung disease that appears to be associated with vaping, and 805 confirmed probable cases of the disease.  NBC News highlighted the case of 19-year-old Fabian Castillo who sustained a nine-day coma due to severe lung injury sustained several months after using what he now believes was a bootleg THC vape car tridge . He has been improving for eight weeks, but is reportedly still having trouble breathing.
NBC recruited cannabis testing facility CannaSafe to perform tests on 18 cartridges with THC – the primary psychoactive compound in canna bis . While the three samples purchased from legal dispensaries tested negative for pesticides, heavy metals and solvents 15 additional samples were obtained through unlicensed suppliers. Of [svart] black cartridges 13 allegedly contained vitamin E, 10 had traces of pesticides, all of which had antifungal myclobutanil, which can become hydrogen cyanide when burned.
CanaSafe Vice President of Operations Antonio Frazier shared the obvious observation that this is very bad. "You certainly don't want to smoke cyanide," Frazier told NBC. "I don't think anyone would buy a cart labeled hydrogen cyanide on it."
Earlier this month the New York State Department of Health said its own study of weapons-related diseases found that vitamin E acetate was present in almost all THC weapons products used by sick patients have tested. Little is known about the exact effects that Vitamin E has on the lungs, but Sven-Eric Jordt, a Duke University researcher studying the health effects of nicotine wrapping, told Gizmodo that there is enough evidence to show that Vitamin E can be extremely dangerous. Earthly told Gizmodo if inhaled in sufficient quantities, it can cause respiratory problems, perhaps even lipid pneumonia, a pneumonia associated with inhalation of oils. "It is an antioxidant and can burn and dissolve when heated in an e-cigarette and release toxic substances."
As the health community continues to find out how dangerous vaping is, it is becoming increasingly clear that bootleg THC and cannabis vapes are a public health risk. The CDC reports that of all people who reported having lung disease that appear to be related to vaping, 77 percent of cases reported using weapons containing THC. And we do not know how many of those asked simply did not want to admit to doing something that is illegal or taboo. Perhaps these findings will encourage the authorities to focus on regulating legalized marijuana rather than entrusting the safety of to black market sellers .