There’s going to be a lot of misinformation tossed around about vapes, but I don’t want you to panic…
There’s a wave of fear – probably unjustified fear – surrounding vape devices right now.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with health departments in five states to investigate a potential “cluster” of lung illnesses among people who have recently vaped.
There are over 150 possible cases across 16 states, with 30 of them occurring in Wisconsin.
What the affected individuals have reportedly vaped ranges from nicotine to illegal synthetic cannabinoids.
Most of these people are adolescents and young adults.
In all likelihood, this will turn out to be a non-issue for the reasons I’m about to talk about, but it’s important to be informed about anything that could affect the cannabis industry.
Overall, vape sales increased by 69% in 2018, and CBD vape sales grew by 105%.
With there still being so much misinformation around cannabis, it’s likely those who are opposed to marijuana legalization are going to latch onto this event as a reason why it should remain banned at the federal level.
Here’s What’s Happening with Vaping
Information is still trickling in, but here’s what we do know.
Millions of people in the United States use e-cigarettes for vaping nicotine, cannabis, and flavor agents without any apparent ill effects. That’s why this “outbreak” comes as a surprise.
Those who have recently suffered have reported “shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, and weight loss,” according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Now, I certainly hope the people affected, especially those who are young, can have a speedy recovery.
But here’s the thing to keep in mind with 30 of those cases happening in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin does not even have a medical cannabis program, and there are certainly no legal vape pens in the state. The CDC is also focusing on Indiana, which also doesn’t have a legal cannabis program.
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A pro-vaping news service tracked one of the cases to a counterfeit vape cartridge sold illegally in Wisconsin, filled with unknown substances by an unknown person or people.
What this would seem to suggest is that a bad batch of black market vape products are being sold or given away across the country, and those products hit Wisconsin especially hard.
What’s Ahead for Vaping
I can’t say how this will all end up, but I don’t foresee it disrupting the normalization of cannabis.
I also don’t foresee this affecting CBD sales, which could even surpass my expectations this year.
I do know that the CDC prefers people who smoke combustible cigarettes switch to vapes. (Of course, they’d prefer it more if those people quit entirely.)
So it’s unlikely that the CDC will use this to create an unwarranted panic or to restrict or ban vape devices.
There may be some panic induced by the media, but it won’t be induced by the CDC.
My guess is that this will turn out to be an ingredient problem – that all or most of the people affected will have vaped something they shouldn’t have. There may have been one death linked to this outbreak over the weekend, but we are waiting for official details.
It is an issue I’m following closely.
Executive Director, National Institute for Cannabis Investors
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August 26 2019