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.

But I want to tell you what’s really going on…

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.

Greg Miller

Executive Director, National Institute for Cannabis Investors

P.S. Even if the media gets ahold of the vaping crisis, CBD sales aren’t likely to take too much of a hit. In fact, our experts predict that sales in the hemp CBD market will hit $22 billion by 2022… that’s a 3,622% jump in less than three years! If you’re ready to dive into this skyrocketing cannabis sector, we’ve got two under-the-radar companies that would be a great start – and you can even get started for under $4. Learn how right here.


13 responses to “Here’s What’s Really Happening with the Latest Vaping Issues”

  1. Greg, as always, your insight and keeping us members updated on current events and news is much appreciated. I continue to be all in. thanks. Mike

  2. The same thing happened in central NY with “spike” earlier this year. A bad batch of something called “spike” hit the streets and caused 30-50 people to seek emergency care.

  3. I believe they said the same thing about traditional cigarettes in the sixties…that they were safe. Commercials even said they were good for your health.
    I’m all for legalization of marijuana, but not for any type of smoking…or vaping. I know it will be the choice for many to smoke, but they should have good information on the health costs when they make that choice….not hype or biased information.
    I believe a decade or 2-3 down the road, vaping will be proven to cause health hazards….just like cigarettes. But as long as billions can be made right now…the “Vaping is Safe” narrative will be promoted, by those who stand to gain financially, even if we already know it’s not the truth.

  4. Greg,
    Thanks for your insight into this vaping issue.
    More likely the vaping problem is with the substance being vaped and not the vaping process itself.
    However, it might be misleading for us to think that vaping is “safe” , or a good way to ingest Cannabis. Those of us who need Cannabis medicinally need to know what happens to the temperature sensitive CBD’s when they are cooked at the high temps seen in smoking or vaping. Eventually, we may find that vaping, though less harmful than smoking, is still not good for the lungs.

    • The government (CDC) doesn’t give a small pile of poop about our lungs as evidenced by their use of paraquat in the 1970s

  5. Whatever made those people sick was deffinatly not CBD or even flower , regular or high potency marijuana will not cause breathing problems, if you smoke cigarettes on a regular basis pot smoking will help clear your lungs.

  6. I know from my own experience, a friend had some substance sold as “spice” came from a local black market dealer and who knows what the substance was exactly. I did pass on trying any of this “spice” being pawned, but this is an example of what’s out there. Common sense and caution needs to be applied in this new era of vaping and so many new products. It helps to know what something is and where it comes from before throwing it on your pipe and/or ingesting it. A little caution can go a long way, and hopefully the numbers stay low with people having bad experience in this new industry.

  7. Wow Great information; education is key to it all. Most of those states with illnesses from vaping are NOT Medical or Recreational LEGAL states.
    As a person thats been vaping high grade oil, wax & flower since Day 1 –
    I’ve had ZERO illnesses from vaping.
    In fact, my life long difficulties with Asthma and other ailments have been assisted IMMENSELY by the usage of both CBD, THC Vapes and Flower. Sincerely hope the COUNTERFEIT & LETHAL products are found and destroyed instead of GREEDY retailers reselling KNOWN tainted products.

  8. I have vaped 18 mg/ml since jan 06 2015,problem free. it may be the product ,or too much heat which would cause the cotton in the coil to burn.I breath much better now than when I smoked.

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