Why Can’t We Learn From Our Mistakes

The vape crisis is doing more harm than good when it comes to banning legit, lab-tested products from consumers. December 20, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the biggest topics in the news right now is the ban on vape products after several people died, and many more suffered injuries, while puffing on cannabis and nicotine vape cartridges. States started to address the issue in several ways, including complete bans on all vaping products (Massachusetts), or partial bans on flavored vaping products (Oregon). While these regulators’ intentions are done with best interest in order to limit the consumption of harmful vaping products, banning legal, regulated, lab-tested products is entirely counter-productive in preventing further death and illness, instead causing even more harm to consumers.  For context, Vaping Associated Pulmonary Injury (VAPI) is a newly-named condition discovered this year. As of October 2019, roughly […]

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CDC Identifies Vitamin E Acetate As Common Factor In Vape-Related Illnesses And Deaths

For the first time, the CDC has directly traced Vitamin E with the vaping crisis in new study. November 8, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The vaping crisis is a major concern within the cannabis industry, and as news of more illnesses and unfortunate deaths continue to make headlines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally released a study detailing what might be causing all the problems. And it’s what many in the cannabis industry have been saying all along. RELATED: What’s Really Going On With the Vaping Crisis According to a breaking report from the CDC, vitamin E acetate has been identified as the most commonly linked issue with vaping devices, with samples from 29 patients showing traces of the additive in their lungs. Recent CDC laboratory testing of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid samples (or samples of fluid collected from the lungs) […]

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Marijuana Vape Sales Rebounding In Some Key Markets (For Now)

The vape market is taking a hit in the media, but sales aren’t totally being impacted negatively just yet. October 8, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily Vape sales appear to be stabilizing in most major recreational cannabis markets in the United States in the wake of the vaping health crisis, but with more bans and sales restrictions on the horizon the rebound could prove short-lived. After several weeks of declines, vape’s share of adult-use cannabis sales in California, Nevada and Washington state is beginning to slowly tick back up, according to Headset, a Seattle-based provider of data and analytics to the cannabis industry. Vape’s share of the recreational cannabis market in California fell for four consecutive weeks, from 30.5% the week of August 19 to 24.3% by the week of September 16. But the latest week’s worth of data shows vape’s market share in the state up […]

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What The Vaping Crisis Teaches Businesses About The Importance Of Supply Chains

Possible supply chain disruption could have caused a string of deadly vaping incidents, resulting in consumers being exposed to untested chemicals in products. October 7, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How crucial are supply-chain protections? The answer could be traced to the ongoing vaping crisis. The current public-health emergency has killed at least a dozen people and has hospitalized hundreds more. Aside from the human cost, the tragedy has also raised questions about many aspects of vaping, including its meteoric rise in popularity with young people, its lack of regulatory oversight, and its profitable existence in illicit markets. More importantly, for any business in any industry, this crisis also highlights the need for ensuring the integrity of supply chains. Rising Death Count, Warnings While there is no consensus on the underlying cause of the fatal lung illnesses seen today, multiple incidents suggest that […]

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Vape Pens Are Great, But Are They Right For You?

Vaping has been in the news a lot lately, but, regardless of the future of the product, is it even something worth trying? October 7, 2019 7 min read This story originally appeared on Weedmaps When vaporization first caught the attention of cannabis consumers in the late 1990s, stoners would gather around the Volcano, a stationary device that heats cannabis flower and sends vapors into a detachable balloon that once filled, could be passed around the sesh circle. And as cannabis culture has changed through the spread of legalization and technology, vaporization and vaporizers have also changed along with it. Judging by the immense popularity of filled cartridges, the most widely used vaporizer type at the moment is the vape pen. A simple combination consisting of a battery and cannabis oil cartridge, vape pens and cartridges have taken the cannabis concentrate market by storm. And while vape pens are extremely convenient for the modern cannabis […]

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How State Cannabis Regulatory Agencies Across The U.S. Have Responded To The Vaping Health Crisis

Most agencies are waiting for more info when it comes to the cause of health problems related to vaping. October 4, 2019 6 min read This story originally appeared on MJBizDaily State regulators overseeing the legal marijuana industry are adopting a wait-and-see stance as the industry determines what exactly is causing the health problems related to vaping, although California has come down more decisively against vaping of all forms. For the most part, regulators in more than a half dozen states are reacting cautiously while public health officials work to identify the cause triggering hundreds of illnesses and seven deaths connected to e-cigarettes and marijuana vaping devices, in both the legal and illegal markets. RELATED: How Vape Manufacturers Are Striking Back Against Counterfeits More Public Education Needed Max Simon, CEO of Ventura, California-based cannabis educational platform Green Flower Media, said the cannabis industry and state marijuana regulators need to unify behind a […]

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CDC Reports Majority Of Vape-Related Illnesses Have Come From Illicit Market Devices

A new report from the CDC shows how unregulated markets may be contributing to the vaping crisis. October 1, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by MJBizDaily Health officials reported on Friday that the majority of those sickened in the vaping health crisis used cannabis vape products containing THC, and many of those in the first two states to report illnesses – Illinois and Wisconsin – said they used counterfeit marijuana products from the illicit market, not licensed MJ companies. The revelations, contained in a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), underscore what’s been a debate since the first vaping illnesses were reported in August – whether the nationwide illnesses are coming from the legal, licensed marijuana market or from unlicensed, black-market products. RELATED: I Smoked A Black Market Vape. This Is Why I’ll Never Do It Again Marijuana industry officials have blamed the black market as […]

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I Smoked A Black Market Vape. This Is Why I’ll Never Do It Again

Current federal policies are bolstering the markets for potentially dangerous illicit products, and one woman shares her terrifying experience. September 23, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Recently, I was offered to hit a vape pen outside of a Baltimore nightclub; little did I know, it ended up being from the black market. The vape was supposedly 300 mg of THC, and I was forewarned that the terpenes were strong. One hit and I immediately knew there was more than just THC and terpenes in this vape. I felt extremely lightheaded. I felt a sharpness in my chest. Once I inhaled, I felt hallucinogenic effects. It hurt my throat and, the next day, I lost my voice. Even six days later, I was still coughing. I should have seen the red flags from the start. The guy selling the vape had a backpack full of […]

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Marijuana Labs Adding Tests Targeting Vitamin E Acetate In Response To Vaping Health Scare

In the wake of recent vaping-related illnesses and deaths, cannabis testing labs are targeting an additive that’s been linked to the unfortunate events. September 17, 2019 6 min read Brought to you by MJBizDaily Cannabis testing labs around the country are adding more specific tests targeting an additive that’s been linked to the string of recent illnesses and deaths health authorities say are related to marijuana and tobacco vaping devices. Although no definitive cause of the vaping-related issues has been identified, early reports have targeted the additive vitamin E acetate as a possible culprit, and several cannabis testing labs are working to develop methods to flag it if detected. Cannabis laboratory officials also said the crisis surrounding vaping has underscored the need for industry-wide testing standards. At Redmond, Washington-based cannabis testing facility Confidence Analytics, Laboratory Director Shannon Stevens said her company is developing a method to test for vitamin E […]

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Grab the ‘World’s Most Advanced’ Dual-Use Vaporizer at a Discount

This feature-rich vape takes your smoking game to the next level. July 19, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Vaping has gained such immense popularity over recent years that now the question is no longer whether or not you vape, but what you use to vape. Have you gone the old school route and use cig-a-likes? Do you prefer using vape pens? Or do you happen to prefer pod mods? However you choose to vape is entirely up to you, but if you’d like to take your smoking to the next level, look no further than the Hera 2. Dubbed as the world’s most advanced dual-use vaporizer, the Hera 2 delivers the ideal vaping experience. […]

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This Discreet Vaporizer Is Redefining Vaping

The Hippie Nano Plus Vaporizer is a tiny accessory that packs a powerful puff. March 20, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. The results are in: vaping is one of the most popular ways to consume your CBD and THC in cannabis-friendly California, and it’s maintaining a stronghold in medical and recreational industries in other states. It’s easy to see why vaping is so popular — you can control your cannabis intake more easily than you can with edibles, and it’s not as harsh on your lungs as joints or glass pipes. The only drawback to vaping is the size of vaporizers. Most models are at […]

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