September 27, 2019

Black-market weed vape company linked to lung crisis is verified on Instagram
Dank Vapes, a brand of black-market THC vaporizer cartridges whose products have been linked to the outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases, has an official verified account on Instagram -- despite the fact that it may not even be a real company.The brand claims "nothing is for sale" in its Instagram bio. However, users can buy products with flavor names like "cotton candy" and "banana split" through third-party distributors advertising their services in the comments of Dank Vape's verified Instagram posts. Image: screenshot via instagramAccording to a report the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday, a number of patients affected by the vape-related lung diseases reported they used cartridges from Dank Vapes. "Dank Vapes appears to be the most prominent in a class of largely counterfeit brands," the CDC says, "with common packaging that is easily available online and that is used by distributors to market THC-containing cartridges with no obvious centralized production or distribution. The report comes from health officials in Illinois and Wisconsin. SEE ALSO: Vape lung crisis is a wake-up call for the weed industryDank Vapes may not even be a real company at all. An Inverse report in August concluded that the brand is "one of the biggest conspiracies in all of marijuana" -- a packaging company "with no quality control or oversight." The Instagram account appears to be registered in Los Angeles. But there are no California state marijuana licenses in its name. The California Cannabis Industry Association does not recognize Dank Vapes as a registered brand. > View this post on Instagram> > Cotton candy dankvapes> > A post shared by Official Dank Vapes (@dankvapes) on Sep 20, 2019 at 2:39pm PDTAnd that means Dank Vapes is slipping through the cracks of regulation. The state of California mandates rigorous testing from cannabis labs to legally sell products. But as Vox found when it looked into online vaping communities, just about anyone can make and distribute their own vape juice. The Dank Vapes account, which first posted in September, advertises various flavors and doesn't directly link to distributors. The account's comments are filled by people trying to buy flavored cartridges -- and by Instagram users warning others. Image: screenshot via instagramImage: screenshot via instagramImage: Screenshot via instagramInstagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But to obtain verification an account has to be "in the public interest," according to Instagram's verification page. The account must "represent a real person, registered business, or entity." The company also says that to qualify for verification, the account in question has to represent a "well-known, highly searched for person, brand, or entity." The verification process requires some form of identification, like a government-issued ID, which  means Instagram may have the identify of an individual who claimed the Dank Vapes brand. Inverse points to one Jake Lindsey as the individual who filed trademarks for Dank Vapes with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The only account that Dank Vapes follows on Instagram is Dankwoods, another trademark belonging to Lindsey. It's a blunt pre-roll distributor that, contrary to its Instagram bio, does appear to sell and ship products online. The Dankwoods store accepts payments through Western Union, Moneygram, Zelle, Bitcoin, Amazon gift cards, and CashApp. Dankwoods' site also sells Dank Vapes' cartridges. The domain name Dankwoods.org is registered to an office and retail building in San Francisco's SOMA district, a block from the Giants' ballpark. In a section titled "Is Dank Vapes Safest for Health?" the Dankwoods site says "We are professionals: we have no mind to spoil your life." Here's its bizarre, barely-English disclaimer in full:The site does not make any mention of the ongoing vape-related lung disease crisis, which claimed seven lives. The Centers for Disease Control, Federal Drug Administration, and Health and Human Services recommend immediately throwing away black market vapes bought on the street, instead of in a regulated store, regardless of whether it contains CBD, THC, or nicotine. Leafly reported that a diluent referred to as Honey Cut, which dilutes THC oil without affecting the viscosity, contains Vitamin E oil. The cutting agent makes vape juice production cheaper, but also comes with a slew of unknown side effects. Health officials in New York suspect Vitamin E oil may cause severe lung damage seen in patients hospitalized for vape-related disease symptoms. The Dank Vapes Instagram account has not responded to request for comment, and calls to numbers listed on Dankwoods.org went unanswered.
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Ahmaud Arbery Murder Investigation: What We Know, Part 4 | TMZ
June 06, 2020
PwlSwOp57cw
Kim Zolciak Bounces Around In One Piece To Show Off New Merchandise
June 05, 2020
Tv28RnB2CAQ
Justin Hartley Kisses New GF Sofia Pernas Amid Divorce | TMZ
June 05, 2020
iOdFXWYTM-M
The Cast of '13 Reasons Why' on the Series' Last Season and Pushing the Boundaries
June 05, 2020
Xi9sgMNkKXY
Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Being Pansexual, What Pride Means to Her
June 05, 2020
omjsZzfy2Vs
Hasan Minhaj, Kumail Nanjiani, Lulu Wang, Jon M. Chu, Ally Maki Join #Represent: Success Stories
May 30, 2020
wuCMpiZ5t6U
Brands Across America
June 06, 2020
KbF7F6OwXWg
Rachel Lindsay on 'Bachelor' diversity problems and Hannah Brown’s apology | Page Six Celebrity News
June 05, 2020
1bEflm9WGaI
Rachel Lindsay talks about her future biracial children | Page Six Celebrity News
June 05, 2020
AUVwoLPzdsM
Faith Stowers Revisits "All-White" Experience on "Vanderpump Rules" | E! News
June 05, 2020
vRmqNNKMPMY
Vanessa Bryant Honors Gianna on 8th Grade Graduation Day | E! News
June 05, 2020
-kAd4kc549I
Gabrielle Union & Jessica Alba Talk TikTok, ASMR & "L.A.'s Finest" | E! News
June 05, 2020
KAQgW4FnC14
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
08
Mar
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Inter Milan
08
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Manchester City
08
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Everton
08
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Betis - Real Madrid
08
Mar
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Genoa
07
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Burnley - Tottenham Hotspur
07
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - West Ham United
07
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Sociedad
07
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Bournemouth
07
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Sevilla
01
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Barcelona
01
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
01
Mar
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Wolves
01
Mar
SPAIN: La Liga
Espanyol - Atletico Madrid
01
Mar
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - Roma
29
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Watford - Liverpool
29
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Torino
29
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Bournemouth - Chelsea
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM 5NeCb7JxaRk
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.