Update: Contaminants in THC vaping cartridges are still seen as a main cause of the outbreak of serious respiratory disease by state authorities and local researchers. Attention has mostly moved away from nicotine vaping products, but caution is still urged. Attention continues to focus on Vitamin E acetate as a dangerous "cutting agent."
"The Utah Dep't of Health released details Monday of its investigation into the recent outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses, saying THC cartridges are likely the main driver.
As of Monday, 71 cases of vaping-related lung disease have been reported in the state. Of those, 36 have been interviewed for information on their symptoms and products used.
Of those interviewed, 94% reported vaping THC and 64% reported vaping nicotine. Fifty-eight percent reported using both, 36% reported using only THC products and 6% reported using only nicotine.
35% of THC products were acquired through friends, 33% online, 20% were from in-person dealers and “a few” from out-of-state dispensaries.
'The Dep't of Health recommends all Utah residents immediately stop vaping unregulated THC cartridges or 'carts.' Unregulated vaping cartridges containing THC may contain chemicals or additives that are unknown and unsafe,' the health department wrote.
You can access the complete Health Dep't report here:
A few details from that document:
"THC cartridges bought off the street often use brand-associated packaging. Four such 'brands' each were reported by more than 20% of cases who used THC cartridges. The UDOH cannot determine whether these are legitimate or counterfeit products.
Thirty-nine samples were tested for chemicals including illicit drugs (e.g., opioids, fentanyl, and methamphetamines), cutting agents, and biologic toxins. Of the 39 products tested by the UPHL, 19 were THC cartridges and 20 were nicotine e-juices. Almost all THC cartridges tested contained vitamin E acetate (17/19, 89%), a known cutting agent. One THC cartridge contained no THC at all.
In contrast, no nicotine products tested showed any unexpected compounds."
Again, we're not researchers, and we have no "inside knowledge," so we take no position on data we're neither in a position to confirm or deny, rather we're just passing on the information that's out there, and expressing our general opinion that this needs to be taken seriously by all cannabis users who use cannabis vapes.
Health department: THC cartridges ‘likely the driver’ of vaping-related lung illnesses in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health released details Monday of its investigation into the recent outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses, saying THC cartridges are likely the main driver. As of Monday, the department said 71 cases of vaping-related lung disease have been reported in t…