A rash of acute respiratory episodes have hospitalized at least seven people in California, pointing back to bad vape cartridges and reminiscent of similar incidents in other parts of the country.

The Public Health Department of Kings County, California this week released a warning against the use of vape cartridges from unlicensed vendors. According to the release, there have been seven cases of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in the town of Hanford since June.

Each of these cases required hospitalization and each of them occurred after the patients vaped THC or CBD oil purchased from a “pop up” or temporary, unlicensed weed shop.

“If you’re going to vape THC, get it from a licensed dispensary where you know there’s a certain amount of testing required,” Dr. Milton Teske, a health officer with the Kings County Department of Public Health, told Leafly.

“If you’re going to vape THC, get it from a licensed dispensary where you know there’s a certain amount of testing required to do,” he said. “It sounds like it’s going to cost twice as much as the stuff on the street, but you don’t want to end up in with a life-threatening respiratory condition.”

Teske also indicated how serious a condition the patients were in, noting that it was potentially lethal before they were intubated.

When local health professionals got on a call with the Centers for Disease Control, they learned that there had been similar incidents in other states recently, including Illionois, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, where 15 possible vape pen poisonings have been reported.

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