Vaping Illnesses May Be Linked to Illegal Marijuana Products

Headline Roundup September 28th, 2019

Police investigators in multiple states, as well as others who have conducted private experiments, may have established a link between recent deadly vaping-related lung illnesses and black market marijuana products through testing and interviews with patients. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention previously announced that 77 of 514 patients with similar illnesses self-reported using some form of marijuana-vaping product containing tetrahydocannabinol or THC, a psychoactive compound in marijuana which provides the "high."

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Fabian Castillo was suffering from crippling anxiety when his uncle handed him a marijuana vape pen one day last December.

"It will help calm you down," Castillo said his uncle told him.

Over the next several months, the vape worked as advertised. Castillo, who had just graduated high school in southern California, found himself more mellow and more productive.

He had no idea at the time that he was using, what he now believes, was a bootleg vape pen filled with a toxic mix of chemicals.

But on Aug. 2,...

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The mystery of the outbreak of vaping-related lung illnesses is still not solved.

But investigators in Illinois and Wisconsin have found some clues, they announced Friday in a press briefing.

Investigators in these two states conducted detailed interviews with 86 patients — mostly young men — and 66% said they had vaped THC products labeled as Dank Vapes. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

What are Dank Vapes and how could they be fueling the outbreak?

"Dank Vapes appears to be the most prominent in a class of largely...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday described a possible link between the current outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries and the use of THC-containing vaping products.

The CDC’s findings indicated that out of 514 patients with suspected vaping-related illnesses, 77 had self-reported that they had been using products containing THC, or using both nicotine- and THC-containing products.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, responsible for users' "high" sensation.

“CDC has made it a priority to find out what is causing this outbreak of...

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