Weed vapes are one of the fastest growing segments of the nation’s new legal cannabis industry. They’ve also been implicated in a vaping health crisis that’s put thousands of people in the hospital and taken the lives of dozens. So, it’s a good idea to know where your weed vapes come from as well as what’s in them.
West Coast Cure is one weed vape brand you can find all over California — and in states where you shouldn’t be finding them at all. And while the reviews on Reddit claim its products taste OK and can get someone decently buzzed, those products aren’t licensed. Meaning they aren’t legal and they’re not regularly lab tested. We call them “fake.”
On top of that, West Coast Cure is the first unlicensed weed vape brand allegedly connected to a death in California caused by vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI), a mysterious illness that’s hospitalized nearly 2,000 people and killed 40. While authorities still don’t know what’s causing VAPI, the CDC suspects that black market weed vapes are the likely culprits.
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West Coast Cure Tried to Get Licensed, But....
A few months ago, West Coast Cure and its parent company, WCC Management, tried to merge with DICA Distribution to cultivate, process, and distribute legal weed throughout the Golden State. The application would’ve been approved or denied at the beginning of September, according to news reports, but it looks like that application ultimately went nowhere.
West Coast Cure Isn’t Listed in Any of California’s License Databases
In California, it’s super easy to check if a weed brand is licensed by the state or not. After several database searches, neither West Coast Cure, WCC Management, nor DICA Distribution appear as licensed companies either at the California Bureau of Cannabis Control or at the California Department of Public Health. West Coast Cure’s founders aren’t listed as licensed cannabis business owners on these databases, either.
West Coast Cure Doesn’t Have a Website
Legit weed brands want you to know who they are. And they want to make it easy for you to get in contact with them, in case you’ve got questions about their products or want to verify if they’re operating legally or not.
The easiest way to connect with customers is through a website. Yet West Coast Cure only has social media accounts. And its Instagram account is set to private — what legit business does that? Typically, licensed vape companies, especially in California, will not only have a website, they’ll also include a list or map of all their authorized retailers. That way, you’ll know which pot shops are carrying legit, lab-tested vape products and which ones aren’t.
West Coast Cure doesn’t have a website likely because it hasn't held a license in California. (Though, to be fair, some fake weed vape companies have websites, but closer inspection of those web pages will reveal that they’re sketchy AF.)
Always Check for Lab Data on Your Weed Products
Did you pick up some West Coast Cure carts recently? If the packaging doesn’t have a sticker with the batch’s lab test results — with info like THC or terpene content — then they’re likely fakes. Fake weed vape producers usually cut costs by posting THC content directly on the package rather than on the stickers, which is the only place that info should be located.