Kings County warns vape consumers to avoid buying cannabis e-cigarettes on the street after seeing seven people in Hanford In the intensive care unit with a potentially fatal lung were hospitalized toxin.
The seven patients had pneumonia symptoms associated with acute respiratory distress syndrome. This includes the feeling of not having enough air in the lungs to breathe quickly, low blood oxygen levels, low blood pressure, extreme fatigue and confusion.
All victims had either cannabis or CBD oils vaporizing cassettes that were bought in temporary "pop-up stores" last month. No infectious agent was identified immediately.
"If you want to replace THC, get it in a licensed pharmacy where you know that a certain amount of testing is required," Dr. Kings County Department of Public Health said the website Leafly. "It will cost twice as much as the stuff on the street, but you do not want to end up with a life-threatening respiratory disease."
Pop-up stores are unlicensed markets that do not comply with current regulations
According to Leafly, manufacturers import empty vape cartridges from China and then fill them with crude THC oil made with agents such as propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin , MCT oil (Chain Triglycerides) or other exotic chemicals.
Teske said six of the Hanford patients were in their twenties and one was a 60-year-old, longtime marijuana user who had just tried to take cartridges. Two had to be mechanically ventilated to save their lives.
Hanford is located outside of Visalia in central California.
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Meanwhile, health officials in New York issued a nationwide referral on Friday after eleven people contracted a lung disease after consuming steam. Most of the patients were in the western part of the state.
Some of the patients had a "progressive respiratory compromise" – a worsening of respiratory function with a high likelihood of rapid progression to respiratory arrest and death – which required endotracheal intubation required health in the press release.
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