The "beautiful people" aren't always very pretty when you look closer… …and please note that this story is NOT about VAPI (vaping associated pulmonary illness), but an earlier profit-seeking plague unleashed on local CBD users in 2018.
"Some of the people rushing to emergency rooms thought the CBD vape they inhaled would help like a gentle medicine. Others puffed it for fun.
What the vapors delivered instead was a jolt of synthetic marijuana, and with it an intense high of hallucinations and even seizures.
More than 50 people around Salt Lake City had been poisoned by the time the outbreak ended early last year, most by a vape called Yolo! — the acronym for 'you only live once.'
In recent months, hundreds of vape users have developed mysterious lung illnesses, and more than 30 have died [around the country].
Yolo was different. Users knew immediately something was wrong.
Who was responsible for Yolo…?"
Read on for an investigative account of the rise and fall of the people now thought to be behind it – and other outbreaks around the country, including one now convicted.
And kudos where they're due. This is more detail than we usually get in a KUTV story on topics near and dear to our hearts, or rather kudos for sharing the entire Associated Press report…
If government can ever learn to work with patients and other personal use users instead of focusing half or more of its investigation and arrest assets on US, with sensible regulation we can get much closer to the kind of systems we deserve, but as long their attention is so divided, we never will….
Illegal vapes found in SLC traced to former Utahn who was CBD pioneer
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Some of the people rushing to emergency rooms thought the CBD vape they inhaled would help like a gentle medicine. Others puffed it for fun. What the vapors delivered instead was a jolt of synthetic marijuana, and with it an intense high of hallucinations and even seizu…