How To Spot A Fake Cart? Look At These Signs!
Fake Carts are gaining a lot of popularity, especially in states where cannabis is not legal yet. If you’re familiar with the topic, you know that these fake carts can be dangerous for your health – this is a fact.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) did announce that it was aware of 193 potential cases of severe lung illness in 22 states linked to vaping (and one death in Illinois officially linked to vaping), the potential long-term health risks of vaping are becoming increasingly clear, from breathing difficulties to eye and airway irritation.
Why Are Carts So Popular?
A significant factor why fake carts are so popular is their price. A vape cartridge from a reputable brand retails for around $60 per gram in California, while fake cartridges cost between $20 and $45 per gram. There’s a simple explanation of why street carts are a lot cheaper: Their THC is not as high as advertised, and they don’t go through any lab test to ensure they are safe for human consumption.
Let’s get one thing straight: The only way to know you have a clean cartridge is to purchase it from a LEGAL dispensary. This is the only way to ensure that the cartridge will contain individual lab results for the product you are purchasing.
The fact that you bought these THC cartridges from anywhere, but a legal dispensary should raise major red flags. Of course, we mean no insult to your plug but he likely didn’t make these cartridges himself. This middle-man cycle quickly leads to some major problems.
Where Can You Buy Fake Carts?
Selling fake carts is easy.
The thing about fake cartridge packaging is that it is available in bulk everywhere. We found the packaging of Dank Vape, King Pen, Brass Knuckles and many other brands packaging for sale online. The counterfeit packages look so good that it is very easy to get fooled into thinking that they are the real deal.
So anyone can go online and buy the packaging and cartridge just for a few cents apiece and fill them up with whatever they like.
- It’s a big red flag if the brand doesn’t even exist. If your package contains graphics of childhood characters or your favorite cereal brand, it’s a fact that you’re using a black market vape cartridge (Mario Carts, Supreme Carts, Exotic Carts…)
- If have a product from a reputable brand we suggest you to follow them on social media. Brands like Brass Knuckles, King Pen keep you up to date on their social media pages.
- If you purchased your cartridge from anywhere besides a licensed dispensary, there is no way to be sure that you have a product that’s safe to use. Even products that appear to be from a dispensary can be fake; counterfeiters place fake test results on the packaging to gain the appearance of legitimacy.
- All reputable brands will switch their packaging every couple of months (usually after two-three months)
- Dispensary packaging cannot have info about the actual bud on it. So brands are not allowed to say how much THC/CBD is inside on the packaging
- Bubble trick: If you have a bubble in your cart, turn your cartridge up and down and see how fast the bubble moves to the other side. If the bubbe shoots straight to the top, you’re fucked.
Be Careful With These Brands
Below we have compiled a list of the most popular cartridge packaging brand from China. If your cartridge name or brand is on this list, chances are high that you are holding a fake cart in your hands.
Is Vaping Fake Carts Bad For You?
Just because it’s fake it does not mean that the distillate is cut with something, but you just don’t know, and that’s the risk.
Cartridges on the legal market are required to be tested for toxic contaminants like heavy metals, bacteria and fungus. Toxins in your vape cartridge can be hazardous and can pose a major risk to your long term health.
People that are concerned with what they are consuming went and tested the cartridges themselves, and many results show that black-market cartridges contain various dangerous and toxic chemical such as pesticides.
The best thing that can happen to you if you use a counterfeit cartridge is getting some low-quality cannabis oil, but it’s clear that some of these counterfeit cartridges are not using oils that are safe for use thus putting the people that use these products at risk.