Michigan Remembers 9,300 Authorized THC Vapes Utilizing Vitamin E Components – firebird-cbdoil
Michigan cannabis regulators have recalled over 9,000 vaping products that have tested positive for vitamin E acetate, a vaping oil cutting agent that health officials believe is responsible for the recent vaping-related outbreak Lung injury is responsible.
On Wednesday, the state marijuana regulatory agency (MRA) commemorated various flavors of the Savage vaping concentrate, distributed by Plan B Wellness, a licensed pharmacy in Detroit. The state pulled 8,020 pre-packaged vape carts from the store's shelves and inventory, but the recall also includes 1,360 vape carts that have already been sold to customers, MLive reported. Each of these products contained vitamin E acetate.
"Patients or caregivers who have these affected medical marijuana products in their possession should be returned to Plan B Wellness for proper disposal," said a MRA press release. "Plan B Wellness must notify patients or caregivers who purchased these medical marijuana products of the recall."
The list of contaminated products includes Savage Stick Vape trolleys that were sold in October and November, and Blackberry Kush, GG # 4 and Runtz trolleys that were sold on January 16. Customers who have lung problems after using these products are advised to see a doctor immediately and notify the MRA via email or phone.
Already in November the MRA stopped selling every single vaping product on the market in order to test these products for vitamin E additives. Many products passed the tests and were brought back to the market. However, on December 17, nearly 65,000 vape carts were recalled by the state for failing these tests. This recall also included several Savage branded products.
These contaminated products were able to find their way onto the market thanks to Michigan's rush to start selling weeds to adults early. In August, the MRA began to allow newly licensed pharmacies to transfer existing, untested weed products to the state cannabis sales system. These untested products were released for sale provided customers signed a waiver confirming that they understood the risks of using untested products.
However, these sales started before the news of steam-related lung disease (EVALI or VAPI) started to spread, so customers did not know that the risk of steaming untested products could be life-threatening. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have now linked 2,668 EVALI cases and 60 deaths to vaping products, although the number of new cases is currently declining. In a recent report, the CDC reported that 82 percent of these cases involved the use of THC vapes.
The CDC suspects that vitamin E acetate could be one of the main factors for this disease. The cutting agent is sometimes used to thicken inferior steam oils in order to pass them on as higher quality products. At first, the authorities believed that only black market vapes contain this additive, but the Michigan authorities are now finding that many legal products also contain vitamin E acetate.
A Colorado test lab suggested that vitamin E acetate in cannabis products can actually occur naturally in amounts that may not pose a risk to users, which could explain the results of the Michigan tests. It is currently unknown whether the manufacturers of the recalled vehicles have deliberately added vitamin E acetate or not.