By Ethan Marshall
So there’s been a lot of talk about vaping in the past month. We’ve been getting non-stop calls, and in store customers asking us to clarify whats going on. For the first time ever, we actually have a problem to show for. Although the larger problem is, the media is not conveying the story properly at all.
Basically, this all started with illicit THC Oil Cartridges. A “cartridge” or “cart” is a specialty tank used to vape extremely thick oils. These “carts” usually use ceramic coils, allowing them to absorb this extremely thick liquid to be vaped. THC Oil, also know as distillate, is a concentrated thick oil substance that contains fairly high amounts of THC. This is just another way of ingesting cannabis products. A lot of people in Canada use this same method. The issue with these cartridges came to light after a decent amount of people in a localized area in the USA started to become sick. When the first patient passed away, people started to worry. When the second and third followed, the CDC and FDA stepped in to investigate. This is where the story is started to get jumbled up.
Right away these agencies made the correlation that all patients had been vaping. Further, they also realized all patients were using the same brand of THC Oils, called “DVNK” (pronounced ‘dank’). Now, yes vaporizers were involved in this fiasco, but not at all in the way the media is making it seem. The problem was the product that was in these “carts”. When buying these THC Cartridges, they come already pre-filled with the product. With further investigation, the FDA and CDC found high levels of Vitamin E Acetate, which can cause respiratory problems in high enough concentrates. This Vitamin E was due to the large amount of dilutents this “DVNK” manufacturer was using. “Dilutents” or “fillers” are are used to stretch a product in order to fill more carts and in turn, produce more revenue.
The main point that no one is making is that E-JUICE and REGULAR E-CIGARETTES were not involved. Your everyday vape that you’ve been using to cut down on cigarettes is in no way correlated with what is happening. Your favourite flavour of e-juice is not involved and in no way correlated with this situation. The CDC and FDA are reviewing all vaping products as a precaution, and we think that’s where this misconception is coming from. The only confirmed substance that has caused these illnesses and deaths is CONTAMINATED THC OIL (DISTILLATE).
With the media frenzy on this, a lot of the facts are being left behind. Is this intentional? Well, we like to think its not. But in all honesty, it might be in some scenarios.
**UPDATED SEPT 24TH 8:31am EST**
So just after we released this article, a lot of key information came to light a few hours later. Go figure. Lets break it down.
Given all the issues happening in the USA, Donald Trump publicly spoke about the problem for the first time. He stated that he intendeds to help push through a nation wide flavour ban, which could mean the end of flavours in the States. See this is where it just starts to get comical. The most powerful man in the world is speaking on a “national issue”, and is addressing the wrong part of it. Again, FLAVOURS and FLAVOURED E-JUICE were not involved in this fiasco.
This most talked about part of this whole issue has now, rightfully so, transitioned towards the U.S. Government and how they are handling this matter. They seem to have done what the media did (shocker) and aimed all of their guns at nicotine e-liquid instead of the THC products causing the issues. People seem to think this is all stemming from the Master Agreement signed in the early 90s. A lawsuit filed by the Canadian and American Governments against Big Tobacco. The agreement was that both governments would take a portion of tobacco sales each year. The U.S and Canada we’re pulling in BILLIONS from their portions of the sales, which they were using to pay back provincial, state and federal debts.
With the introduction of vaping almost a decade ago now, we’ve been eating into their profits ever since. If there was one thing the government didn’t like, it would be messing with their cash flow. So with vaping being the biggest thing slowing down the federal cash flow, government officials jumped at the idea of a vaping smear in the media, and they continue to be the reason it proceeds. Funny how all this fits together so well.
As always, we are readily available if you have any questions or concerns. We can be reached via email at [email protected] or via telephone at 905-438-9494.
THE CANADA E-JUICE BLOG IS MEANT TO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND INFORMATION FOR THOSE LOOKING TO TRANSITION FROM SMOKING CIGARETTES TO VAPING E-LIQUID. THESE THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE ENTIRELY OUR OWN, AND HAVE BEEN GATHERED THROUGH WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY EXTENSIVELY, AS WELL AS USING THESE PRODUCTS OURSELVES FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME.
IN NO WAY ARE WE CLAIMING VAPING TO BE HEALTHY FOR THE USER. IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR TO SEE IF VAPING IS RIGHT FOR YOU. YOU MUST BE OF LEGAL AGE IN YOUR STATE/PROVINCE TO VAPE.