There are quite a few telltale signs that a THC vape cart is fake, and most of these are easily visible on the product’s packaging. And while state-legal weed
Any would-be weed dealer can buy empty vape carts and packaging
from one of these companies online, and since the products don’t contain any weed at this stage, it’s relatively risk-free
to have them shipped from another state or country. Once the empty carts arrive, the dealer can fill them with cannabis oil – or literally whatever fluid they choose – and put them on the market.
These products do not actually rip off the logo or name of an existing corporation, though, but a few of them do feature the “taste the rainbow” slogan. buddah bear carts
The products’ THC information statements are a bigger clue to their suspicious origins. Although some of the packages suggest that they are California-licensed medical
marijuana products, none of them bear the state-required stickers listing specific THC contents and lab results. Instead, the carts’ packaging just claims that the packages contain “premium distillate” with an unspecified THC content.
Some of the packaging includes a QR code that links to lab test results. These do indeed suggest that these products are contaminant-free and packed with THC
– but the website also clearly indicates that this test is only “for quality assurance purposes” and is not an official California Compliance Certificate.
Unlike legal cannabis businesses, illicit vape cart dealers are not required to test their products for purity, safety, or quality. Independent lab analyses have found that some black market vape carts test positive for pesticides, and other toxic contaminants. When combusted, these unknown chemicals can release or other toxic fumes that could cause short- or long-term lung damage.
Health officials have conclusively linked most of these cases to and even more specifically added to unregulated vape carts.
Although this illness seems to have subsided during the pandemic, the dangers of unregulated vapes remain real.