Fake carts, real consequences
Most fake or black-market goods don’t come with real consequences. Like fake THC vape carts are proving to for many who have been duped by their prototypes. In fact, according to Federal health officials 12 people have died from lung illnesses associated with vape pen use, and over 800 have been hospitalized in 46 states.
So what are these cases proving to health officials trying to find a solution?…. It’s a few key ingredients in low-quality vape cart that are the cause of the mysterious rise in lung conditions.
Fake vape carts typically contain additives to ‘cut’ the amount of cannabis that’s used. Reducing the potency, quality, and safety of the fake product. Speaking of flower, usually the quality being used isn’t grown in top-notch facilities, like NUG, or other reputable vape cart manufacturers. So, pesticides, fungicides, molds, and mildews are adding to vape related health issues too.
Fake vs. real
To put it simply – if you’re purchasing from a licensed dispensary or retailer (again, like NUG) then your real vape cart has passed for safety assurance by the State. With that said, one test that’s not yet required by California (and most legalized states) is for Vitamin E acetate, or other additives approved by the FDA. Although brands that are going above and beyond are now providing these results or assurances too.
For education purposes and to ensure your own health’s sake – here are a few things to look for when purchasing vape carts in general, to tell the difference between fake and real.
- Check the testing. If you’re not purchasing from a trusted retailer, put your detective hat on and do your own research. You can contact (or check online) the third-party testing lab’s information, and request the test results directly. If fakers gonna fake, they can photoshop too.
- Check the packaging. Real vape carts usually provide specific manufacturing information on the package label. This includes manufacturing date, packaging date, batch or lot number. Tracking the products journey through seed-to-sale systems. Look for spelling or grammar errors as another common red flag for known fake carts.
- Check the price. If the price is too good to be true – it probably is. Real vape carts are made of the purest cannabis compounds – high levels of beneficial cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes too. The process to extract and isolate these precious goods – isn’t cheap itself. So when real vape carts are priced as top-shelf goods – there’s a good reason. Avoid any low-priced knock-offs to avoid fake carts altogether.
- Check the consistency. Hold your suspected vape cart upside down. Real carts will be thick in consistency and slow moving. Most fake carts, due to the additives will be thinner, faster moving and may contain bubbles too.