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Getting back to what I wanted to complain about later, this practice of misleading lab results is the most vexing part of the unregulated cartridge epidemic. Cannabis safety testing labs need to require testing agents to declare – AHEAD OF TIME – whether they want the results private or not. Then mark that ON THE PAGE, so we don’t have to run and fetch a QR code and go to a website and then find a door slammed in our face.

As it stands, lab result sheets get pasted on Instagram, the average phone user sees a screenshot and concludes “yup, all good!” That’s the purpose that black market brands have for posting a lab test sheet with the testing party’s information removed, and with the results marked “private.” Most of the time the page is even clearly edited. That’s what the QR code is FOR , is to verify that the page has not been altered. This is a matter of public safety and health, which is the whole reason we have cannabis product testing facilities to begin with. When you release a page with a QR code and then don’t let people see the results behind the QR code, you just helped spread a lie. Unlicensed, unregulated brands like Clear Chronic may contain anything. There is a deadly epidemic of lung illness tied to black market cart usage. Vaping-associated pulmonary injury has so far claimed 42 lives and hospitalized more than 2000 users.

Unregulated vape carts could contain heavy metals like lead, pesticides, cut such as Honey Cut, or simply bunk. But a lot of people in the hospital right now weren’t lucky. If anybody has more information on where these are circulating, please feel free to help us protect public safety by sharing it with the community here in the comments or in our forum. Update: Here's How to Tell if Your Vape Cartridge is Safe and Not Counterfeit. This article was originally published on Weedmaps News in May 2019 before it was updated on August 26, 2019 in the midst of an outbreak of lung illnesses associated with e-cigarette and illicit THC and cannabidiol (CBD) cartridges. The article has been updated to include crucial information on the ongoing investigations. As a result of the 380 illnesses and six deaths of people across the United States from vaping cannabis or e-cigarettes, consumers, vape makers, and retailers alike have to be aware of how products are made and where they were made. There have been serious health and safety concerns associated with vaping technology, in the e-cigarette and the cannabis industry. About 380 confirmed and probable cases of severe respiratory problems were reported in 36 states after patients were vaping nicotine or cannabis, The Associated Press reported on Sept. This public health situation has forced popular cannabis companies into action to protect customers by devising ways to verify authentic products and thwart potentially hazardous counterfeits. Vape pens have gained acceptance from the cannabis community for their ease of use. Since vaping technology is so new, long-term health effects of vaping aren't yet known. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Vape pens have gained acceptance from the cannabis community for their ease of use. Since vaping technology is so new, long-term health effects of vaping aren't yet known. (Photo by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Trendy as they may be, vape pen cartridges are still the new kid on the cannabis block. This recent emergence, akin to the rise of e-cigarettes, has researchers scrambling to find out the long-term health effects of vaporization. Meanwhile, many states which have legalized cannabis are still refining testing requirements . The lack of insight into vaping has left many cannabis consumers to wonder whether their vape cartridge is safe to consume. While there are plenty of vaporizers that can be used to consume flower and concentrates, the most popular device style to emerge from the vape clouds is the portable penlike design. Vape pens are designed to vaporize cannabis oils and distillates. A vape pen comprises two primary components: a battery and the vape cartridge. The battery consists of the bottom portion of the vape pen, providing power to the heating element, which vaporizes the cannabis oil contained inside the vape cartridge. Most vape oil producers will tell you which voltage is compatible with the selected cartridge. These devices come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. Some vape pens have a button that activates the vape cartridge, while others are buttonless and only activated once the user takes a draw. Vape cartridges include a mouthpiece, chamber, and heating element known as an atomizer.

The chamber is filled with concentrated amounts of cannabinoids, usually either THC- or CBD-dominant, and terpenes. The atomizer is activated when contact is initiated with the battery, heating up the chamber and vaporizing the cannabis oil.

The chamber of a vape cartridge is filled with a THC- or cannabidiol (CBD)-dominant concentrate, and some producers will reintroduce terpenes that had been removed from the distillation process. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Cannabis vape oils that fill vape cartridges are usually created through a process called distillation, which strips the cannabis molecules down to just the cannabinoids. So, what about unique flavors that are defined by the plant's terpene profile found in the aroma of fresh cannabis flower? All of that is stripped away during the distillation process. Some cannabis oil producers will collect the cannabis-derived terpenes during the process and reintroduce them into the oil, allowing the distillate-filled cartridge to be strain-specific.

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