State officials are reconsidering their marijuana regulations and quality control in the wake of investigators’ discovery that all of 29 patients with vaping-related lung illness tested recently had greasy vitamin E acetate from THC in their lungs.
Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters last week states are trying to decide if their oversight needs strengthening as the monthslong national outbreak continues with the number of cases and deaths rising each week.
Colorado and Ohio have explicitly banned vitamin E acetate, which is sometimes used as a thickening agent or to dilute THC oil in vape cartridges to make it go further. Tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, is the ingredient in cannabis that creates the “high.”
States “should be banning vitamin E acetate. No question,” said cannabis industry executive Tyrell Towle, who is on a Colorado government advisory committee. “There’s no reason to use cutting agents because you can make high-quality vape cartridges using only cannabis-derived ingredients.”
Towle is director of chemistry and extraction at cannabis manufacturer MedPharm Holdings. He was on the Colorado government work group on marijuana science and policy as it worked for about a year on the definition of dangerous vape additives. Last month, the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division decided to ban additives including vitamin E acetate. [Read More @ USA Today]