An alarming new report is raising more concerns about e-cigarettes, particularly the vaping products that come from unregulated sources.
The details come from an investigation published Friday by NBC News, which commissioned a top cannabis testing facility to test a sample of 18 THC vaping cartridges. The cartridges were obtained from both legal dispensaries and unlicensed dealers.
The three cartridges that were procured from legal dispensaries based in California included “no heavy metals, pesticides or residual solvents like Vitamin E.” The same could not be said, however, for the products bought from the illicit market.
According to NBC, “13 out of the other 15 samples from [illicit market] THC cartridges were found to contain Vitamin E.”
The testing facility commissioned by NBC also tested 10 of the unregulated cartridges for pesticides, with all 10 coming back positive.
“The products all contained myclobutanil, a fungicide that can transform into hydrogen cyanide when burned,” NBC reported.
The Vape Crisis Keeps Getting Worse
The report serves as the latest piece of disquieting news surrounding vaping. At least 12 people are in the United States are believed to have died from lung illnesses stemming from e-cigarette use, with hundreds of other non-fatal vape-related cases