Six Massachusetts patients with probable cases of Vaping Associated Pulmonary Injury (VAPI) reported using regulated cannabis products bought at legal dispensaries. Of the more than 2,300 cases identified nationwide, almost none have been connected to licensed companies.
- It’s not clear what legal product(s) the patients used, or where they shopped.
- The state’s moratorium on cannabis vapes is likely to remain in place, though the ban on e-cigarette sales appears likely to be lifted.
The consensus remains that VAPI is caused by vitamin E acetate oil and that most of the risk is with unlicensed cannabis vapes. However, counterfeits of well known vape brands potentially pose a hazard to consumers who mistake them for regulated products.
- Dab Connection, a site I’m not familiar with and don’t vouch for, explains how to tell the difference between an authentic and counterfeit Rove vape. In addition to Rove, several other popular California brands have reportedly been counterfeited.
- Cannabis prohibition may be making it harder to study VAPI.