How To Spot Fake Disposable Vapes

In California, where recreational marijuana is legal, there have been 28 potential cases of lung disease among people who had recently vaped cannabis products. On August 12th, the CDPH released a health alert regarding healthy adults in Kings County, California, all of whom had been admitted to hospitals and had severe acute pulmonary disease, including coughing, shortness of breath, and in some cases fever and vomiting. All these cases were linked to THC vapes that had been purchased off the black market. There are many temporary, unlicensed “pop-up shops” selling fake marijuana vape cartridges. If you feel that you have been injured by fake marijuana vapes please contact us today.
There are some good fakes out there that often slip through the cracks. There’s no one indicator that will help you spot fake marijuana vape cartridges, but there are a few methods that you can use to keep yourself as safe as possible. First off, do your best to shop from reputable brands. Here are some ways you can spot less than legitimate companies.

Fake Vape Cartridges Don’t Have Trustworthy Third-Party Lab Results

A reputable company will have all of their products tested by a third party lab. These lab results will provide information regarding the potency of the vape cartridge, THC content and much more. If you find a product that doesn’t have the information available to the public or testing was never completed, it’s a good idea to move on from these potential bootleg cannibis vapes.

Look for Licensing

A licensed dispensary has to go through certain requirements in order to sell their product. Anyone that isn’t licensed either didn’t care enough to go through the process, or they’re selling a fake product. You’ll want to opt for an item that has gone through rigorous testing and has been held accountable by state law / standards. Don’t assume a license is official, as many fake marijuana vape companies will fake their licenses as well. Certain states require the license number to be posted. You can then turn to the Bureau of Cannabis Control to see if the license is legit.


Packaging is often a very good indicator of fake products in the marijuana vape industry. Look for this information on your packaging. If you don’t see these things, this should raise suspicion.

    • Manufacture date
    • Batch number
    • Packaging date
    • Lot number

You may come across a fake marijuana vapes product that is labeled similarly to a more reputable product. Lack of important information can indicate that you’re dealing with an imposter. Some packages will include a QR code that you can scan to get more information about a product. Fake marijuana vape cartridge companies don’t usually go to great lengths to include something like this.

THC Content

You should be careful about the amount of THC that is in a product. As a general rule of thumb, you’re probably dealing with fake marijuana vapes if you see a THC amount that is very low or very high. Anything that is under 60 percent has likely been cut with something else that you’ll want to avoid. If you see a product that is boasting a high THC content of 98 or 99 percent, you’re likely looking at fake marijuana vapes. Stick to the name brands that are well known and trusted by many consumers. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to figure out who the best brands are and where you can find them.

What Does A Fake Cart High Feel Like & Symptoms of Fake Vape

Whenever you’re dealing with a product that you’re going to be ingesting into your body, you want to make sure that you know what you’re consuming. When you inhale a fake marijuana vape cartridge, you could be exposing yourself to all kinds of chemicals. Cheap bootleg cannibis vapes will usually utilize a lot of harmful chemicals to improve shelf life, improve the taste of the product, etc. Some of the initial symptoms you might experience can include dizziness, nausea, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach upset, bodily pain and pain in your lungs.

                                                                                                 Fake Cartridges Side Effects

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Long term effects of inhaling a fake marijuana vapes cartridge can include a whole host of vaping-associated pulmonary injuries. You can develop cancer from ongoing use of these fake marijuana vapes products, which could be exposing you to chemicals you would have otherwise avoided. Lung infections and lung damage are possible.

Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Injury

Each year, more than 500 people get sick from vaping-associated pulmonary injury. A number of people have died as well. If you’re someone who likes to use disposable cartridges for your vaping, it’s important that you ensure the safety of your product. Currently, there are no cases of injury that have been linked to licensed companies. Utilize cannabis brands that originate in some of the more controlled states. This includes Massachusetts, Colorado, Nevada, California and Alaska. These injuries are often caused by consumption of chemicals that are being used to perfect the ‘recipe’ for a product. Propylene glycol is a commonly added chemical that will dilute the vape tank to mimic a more expensive product that otherwise wouldn’t use this ingredient. Vitamin E acetate is also added as a thickener.

A vape product must have the right consistency to be easily inhaled. These are cutting agents that can contribute to illness. It’s important to note that these chemicals which are added to fake marijuana vapes, are not illegal. They are actually used in all kinds of products, including vaccinations. However, you have to be careful when you’re going to be inhaling a product into your lungs. The tiny droplets that come from your vaporizer should contain only pure and safe ingredients.

If you’re shopping for a marijuana vape cartridge or other similar product, it’s important that you take the time to really figure out what you should buy. Don’t immediately turn to the cheapest product that you find. Sometimes, spending a little more money on a product that you know you can trust is the way to go for your own safety. This is the best way to avoid fake vape cartridges. While you may think you’re savvy and can spot fake marijuana vapes from a mile away, these phony companies know exactly what they need to do in order to trick you. They’ll go to great lengths to make their money, and unfortunately they don’t care much about your health or wellbeing. Contact us if you think you have been harmed or are a victim of ingesting harmful ingredients from fake vapes.

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