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Michigan to ban MCT oil in vapes

Michigan to ban MCT oil in vapes

Michigan to ban MCT oil in vapes

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The Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) in the US state of Michigan is preparing to ban medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil in vaporizers.

As part of its Technical Guidance on Sampling and Testing of Marijuana Products, cannabis oil in vaporizers will have to be tested for MCTs starting Oct. 1, the CRA said in a statement June 27.

MCT oil, commonly derived from coconut or palm oil, is primarily used in oral supplements and food products.

However, when aerosolized and inhaled, MCT oil could be harmful to respiratory health, the CRA said.

“From a public health and safety perspective, the potential for adverse effects from MCT oil underscores the importance of safety guidelines for product development,” said CRA Executive Director Brian Hanna.

“Licensed marijuana businesses in Michigan must prioritize respiratory safety when formulating or using inhalable products, opting for ingredients that have been thoroughly evaluated for compatibility with lung health.”

Welcoming the CRA’s move, the Michigan branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MNORML) said the health and safety of cannabis consumers was its top priority.

“Emerging evidence suggests that inhaling MCT oil may pose serious respiratory risks and it is imperative that we take proactive steps to prevent potential harm,” said MiNORML Executive Director Anqunette Sarfoh.

“By implementing stricter regulations on vaping product ingredients, Michigan is taking an important step toward ensuring a safer cannabis industry for everyone.”

As advances are made in research on marijuana use, safety and testing, the CRA said its Technical Guide to Sampling and Testing of Marijuana Products may be updated accordingly.