How and where to find pure, uncut THC vape carts: A legal marijuana buyers’ guide

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The marijuana black market has created a major scourge in the form of lung disease brought on by using illicit vape carts.

Illegally produced vapor cartridges have caused 450 cases of severe acute respiratory distress syndrome in 33 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As many as six deaths may have also occurred from the condition.

The Food and Drug Administration has determined that the disease is caused by cutting agents such as Vitamin E oil, although lab tests have also found pesticides, residual solvents, heavy metals, and synthetic cannabinoids in counterfeit vape carts.

In response to this rash of health concerns, cannabis producers in legal states are becoming that much more stringent in creating pure oils and concentrates free of any additives or cutting agents. In fact, none of the reported cases are associated with recreational or medical cannabis products from stores licensed by states with legal use, reports Leafly.

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The most effective way that consumers can protect themselves is to only purchase tested, regulated cannabis products in legal markets such as California, Oregon, and Colorado.

The California-based delivery service carries a number of brands known for producing clean cannabis oils, including the following:

Himalaya Vapor

Bloom Farms

Raw Garden




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Oscar Pascual is the editor of Smell the Truth, syndicated on GreenState and SFGATE. Smell The Truth is one of the internet’s most popular destinations for cannabis-related news and culture. This blog is not written or edited by Hearst. The authors are solely responsible for the content.