The current state of affairs for the vaping community, specifically the cannabis vaping community, is bleak, but it seems we’re starting to get some clarity.
Arguably the largest portion of the legal market next to flower, this segment has been wrought with controversy since it has been discovered that many of those in the vaping community have been falling ill, and in some rare cases, dying.
Clinical researchers have been racking their brains trying to pin down what is causing this ‘mysterious lung illness,’ now being referred to as VAPI, or Vaping Associated Pulmonary Injury. It has affected as many as 1299 people thus far, and has caused as many as 26 deaths across 21 states, according to the CDC’s website, last updated October 11th, 2019. An absolutely unheard of event, and something that has caused somewhat of a ripple effect throughout the industry.
So, what the fuck is happening?
There has been a number of points of interest identified over the past couple of months, specifically, tied to carts made available through illegitimate sources. Through the data collected by the CDC, fingers began pointing at pesticides such as Eagle 20 (myclobutanil), and cutting agents such as Vitamin E Acetate, though neither the CDC nor the news organizations regurgitating this information have been able to confidently say it is one or the other.
There are many theories being circulated that arguably hold no weight or empirical evidence to support ANY of them being factual, yet the media has taken every chance to spread fear and shape public opinion.
Since then, some states have gone on to temporarily ban flavored vape cartridges.
Some cities have gone on to ban vaping as a whole.
Some brands have gone down due to illegal operation.
But is it the flavoring that is the culprit?
Is it the cutting agents?
Or is it pesticides?
Is it the terps?
Or is it the high temps?
HECK – Maybe it’s Maybelline. (It’s not)
Alright Science, hook us up with some INFO
According to the Mayo Clinic’s most recent clinical study on the lung tissue of those affected, they are likening the injuries in their sample set to those who have inhaled toxic chemical fumes. They noted that the tissue was not flooded with lipids from oil accumulation, but instead, it was burnt from the caustic chemical exposure. Of the 17 cases that were studied, 71% vaped cannabis oils. Every case presented ACUTE lung injury, from a generally young and otherwise healthy group.
Another clinical study done by a laboratory independent from Mayo observed 53 cases and found similar results. Colorado Green Labs found that in 84% of the cases studied, the individual had used THC vape products. Of the interviewed patients, 24 of 41 used products under the “Dank Vape” Label. It was the only “brand” mentioned by name in the study, though it mentioned that 14 distinct brands were implicated. “Metal Fume Fever,” a disease that often plagues welders, was mentioned in this study. There were also mentions of ACUTE onset of disease, and the data set was a generally young and healthy population with somewhat clear medical histories.
Okay so here is why this is important:
- Both laboratories have said that they have found cases of caustic/burnt flesh in the lung tissue biopsies they studied.
- Both have also said this is likely due to chemical fume exposure.
- Both have also said their sample sets were largely healthy individuals with no clinical history of lung issues.
- Both laboratories coming up with similar sets of data, independently.
This is SO important, and we believe the veil is starting to lift on this controversial, horrific situation, and some factual data is starting to present itself.
With these unfortunate cases of illness and sometimes death, with the quick onset of disease it unfortunately makes sense that this is more of a hardware issue than an issue with the oils, additives, or the terps!
Colorado Green pointed, specifically, to a chemical known as Cadmium, an ingredient in silver solder, something used in poorly manufactured, cheap vape hardware that is LARGELY associated with off-brand illicit cartridges such as Dank Vapes.
We reached out to both of these organizations to gather additional information. Colorado Green is almost impossible to reach out to, and did not get back to me yet.
Mayo Clinic did get back to me, but only to say that their researchers have been inundated with calls like mine to gather more information. I have not yet received an official comment from Mayo, but they do have my contact info, and I am expecting them to reach back out. So when they do, I’ll update their response here. Fax me back, Mayo!
However, terrible this epidemic is, it is very important as a brand operating in the cannabis industry to make a distinction.
So here it is:
FUCK “Dank Vapes.”
FUCK people who only give a shit about making a buck and have zero regard for the industry they serve, or their customers.
We will never be “Dank Vapes.”
We are Honey Oil. And Honey Oil is about quality.
What’s in our products?
The oil in our product is extracted at a Type-7, state-licensed facility, and like all products in the California rec market, have to meet rigorous quality standards to remain compliant, and most importantly, SAFE.
Our hardware is sourced through arguably the most reputable name in the vaping industry, Jupiter Research. ALL of our CBD and THC vapes use Jupiter CCELL technology, even our Disposables.
We reached out to our contact at Jupiter to get some clarity. Making a distinction from the current, horrible event plaguing the vaping community is of extreme importance. Backing that distinction up with vetted proof is just as important… that is, if you are a brand who is paying attention.
I asked him to expand on that, and he provided me with the following response:
With Jupiter’s commitment to quality, they are in lockstep with our commitment to the people we serve, and the industry we’re a part of.
With that, we want to remind you that you can consume Honey Oil with confidence.
That’s the Honey Oil Promise.