What's in your cannabis vape?

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This story first appeared in Weekend Dispensary, a new weekly newsletter from The GrowthOp. Signup now to get a story delivered to your inbox every Saturday.  Cannabis extracts, including disposable vape pens, became legal in Canada in October 2019. Around the same time, an outbreak of severe lung disease linked to vaping was unfolding in the U.S. The EVALI (an acronym referring to an e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury) outbreak i llustrated the need for tested and regulated products.  In the U.S., where cannabis remains federally illegal, there have been 68 deaths and more than 2,800 hospitalizations , across all 50 states, due to vaping-related illnesses or injury, with most cases linked to illicit cannabis vapes.  As of August 2020, 20 cases of vaping-associated lung illness had been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada , including five cases linked to vaping Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) only, and three linked to Nicotine, THC and other substances. It’s not clear where the vapes were purchased.  Cannabis vapes, while banned for sale in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, face more stringent regulations than other legal products. Still, questions remain about the safety of the products that have been legally available for 17 months. Here’s what we know so far. What is lab accreditation and what could it mean for your cannabis? Meet the cannabis moms and entrepreneurs that Facebook and Instagram are banning Canadian cannabis companies turn to art to connect with consumers Re gulated by the Cannabis Act, cannabis vapes are not permitted to contain anything other than carrier substances, flavouring agents, and substances that are necessary to maintain the quality or stability of the product.  Nicotine, caffeine and ethyl alcohol are banned. As are colouring agents, sugars, sweeteners, and mineral nutrients and vitamins, including vitamin E acetate, an ingredient strongly…

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