Dream Steam and Verde Dispensary, both subsidiaries of Harvest, Inc., a Tempe, Ariz.-based grower, producer and supplier of medical marijuana products, have submitted a disparagement lawsuit versus O.pen Vape, a Denver-based maker and supplier of marijuana vaporizer pens and pen cartridges.
The complaint, submitted in Superior Court of Arizona, addresses misleading and deceptive declarations that were disseminated through an ongoing nationwide marketing project; the development of fake news organizations to help covertly spread out these incorrect declarations; intentional disturbance with agreement and organisation relationships; false light invasion of privacy; and unreasonable competitors carried out by O.pen Vape, its nationwide entities, its circulation network in specific states (consisting of Arizona), and its Arizona partners.
“The medical marijuana market needs to jointly shoulder the obligation of providing precise and trustworthy info to the countless people who count on marijuana as a preferred and prescribed medical treatment alternative,” stated Steve White, CEO of Harvest, Inc. “Anything less is grossly unethical, supplies an injustice, and potentially damages innocent patients doing their best to navigate an already-complex and somewhat-misunderstood field.”
The misleading realities revolve around Dream Steam’s usage of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) as a thinning agent for its marijuana oil cartridges that are developed for medical vaporizer pens. MCT is a fatty acid originated from coconut or palm oil that is frequently ingested as food or as a dietary supplement. Despite MCT being all-natural and clinically-proven to be one of the safest thinning agents readily available for marijuana oil vaporizing, a sustained and blatant false advertising campaign was released to disparage MCT in order to generate favorable attention for O.pen’s own cannabis oil cartridge products, which contain polyethylene glycol 400 [PEG 400], a petroleum additive that has shown to produce elevated levels of formaldehyde when warmed to 230 degrees Celsius, the temperature at which the plant’s chemical compounds boil.
A newly released peer-reviewed research study by the Medical Cannabis Research study Institute, which was published in The Journal of Option and Complementary Medication, evaluated 4 thinning representatives (consisting of PEG 400 and MCT) for acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde. Results of this research study demonstrated that MCT was among the safer thinning representatives for marijuana oil, specifically as compared with PEG 400. The Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients verifies that MCT is “generally considered as basically nontoxic and nonirritant material.”
Despite these proven results, incorrect declarations about the risk of the natural thinning representative has been purported by O.pen and its partners as far back as 2015. Too, leaflets with flagrant false declarations about coconut oil, while declaring safety of PEG 400, were launched. The campaign also asserted incorrect statements and claims on defendant-owned-and-managed news outlets. The cumulative effort of the project has fed deceptive declarations into the medical marijuana info pipeline, which is trusted by countless clients trying to find accurate and accurate info about medical cannabis as they seek relief from painful conditions and incapacitating diseases.
Dream Steam takes its dedication to providing safe marijuana products to patients very seriously. In addition to containing the MCT thinning representative, Dream Steam vapor cartridges also include cannabis oil that is carbon dioxide-extracted and improved using an exclusive process that delivers a pure, natural item. This procedure was recently vetted by Americans for Safe Access, a nationwide company dedicated to medical cannabis safety, who granted Harvest with the Patient Focused Certification for marijuana item manufacturing, making Harvest one of only a handful of organizations in the country to earn this certification.
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