In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) preliminary finding on Vape illnesses, EVIO Labs is now offering tests for Tocopherol Acetate in hemp and cannabis products used for smoking and vaping; Also known as Vitamin E Acetate, it is sometimes used as an additive and flow agent in cannabis and hemp vape pens.
Vitamin E Acetate is a safe dietary supplement, but it is not generally recognized as safe for vaporization or inhalation. The CDC recently identified Vitamin E Acetate as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette or vaping-product associated lung injury (EVALI). Even at low temperatures, vaporization of Vitamin E Acetate, or other lipids, e.g. vegetable oils, medium chain triglycerides, mineral oil, etc., is a potentially dangerous practice that can lead to a condition known as lipoid pneumonitis. As of November 13, 42 deaths in the US have been attributed to EVALI-related pneumonitis.
In response, EVIO Labs added Vitamin E Acetate analysis to its repertoire of testing services. The company provides Vitamin E Acetate testing of vape cartridges for its marijuana and hemp (CBD) producers, consumers, as well as public health organizations and governmental bodies seeking additional information. The Vitamin E Acetate test is offered to licensed Cannabis companies in Oregon and California, and to hemp derived CBD companies nationwide. EVIO Labs produces a certificate of analysis (“COA”) for each sample detailing the results for tested samples.
“Our main focus is providing quality analyses of cannabis and hemp products to protect consumer and public safety. This is the first time that consumption of an ingredient in cannabis and hemp products has been tied to a potentially fatal illness,” said William Waldrop, CEO of EVIO Labs. “It is important that consumers buy tested product from reputable, state-licensed retailers. When purchasing hemp derived CBD products, look for the packaging that contain QR or bar codes that link to the original COA documenting what testing has been completed.”