Fake pot vapes flood market amid vaping-linked illnesses
As marijuana becomes more prevalent, pot vapes—the marijuana version of an e-cigarette, filled with potent cannabis oil—have become a trendy alternative for those who do not want the traditional smoke, as in lighting up a joint.
Amidst an outbreak of life-threatening vaping-related illness, it is found that fake marijuana vapes are flooding the U.S. market.
The pot vapes are popularized by the perception that vaping is healthier than smoking, along with unproven claims that vaping nicotine from e-cigarettes is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.
But consumers often cannot tell whether a legitimate company makes they buying the products.
Some fake pot vapes even have phony stickers showing state-required test results. Consumers find it difficult to know the difference until they smoke it.
Citadel Military College student Jay Jenkins took two hits of what he thought would be a dose of cannabidiol, the hemp product better known as CBD.
Instead of feeling high and relazed, Jenkins slipped into a coma, winding up in hospital, hooked up to a ventilator for his survival.
[Jay Jenkins, Hospitalized After Vaping]: "I thought that I actually was already dead. I thought that we got into a car crash."
What Jenkins was vaping is not the popular CBD. The oil has been spiked with some powerful cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana that phony dealers are using to cash in on the CBD craze, according to an Associated Press investigation.
Hundreds across the United States have become seriously ill from vaping what they thought is cannabis oil. At least six deaths have been reported.
Jenkins is fortunate to be alive.
[Jay Jenkins, Hospitalized After Vaping]: "The doctor said that if my roommate got me there two minutes later, there would've been nothing they could do. I would have been in a casket by now."