“Dank Vapes” and “Chronic Carts” do Not Exist, They’re Actually Fake Brands

10 months ago

In one of the more amazing displays of branding power built on hype, it is now public knowledge through the “vape epidemic” that two popular fake vapes brands, “Dank Vapes” and “Chronic Carts”, are in fact not real brands but DIY “brands” built from kits.

They’re basically “China Town brands”, brands never registered in the USA which have nevertheless become popular brands in the marijuana vaping niche.

Photo Courtesy New York State Department of Health

I have occasionally dropped in comments here on Smoke that, personally, while I may have done many different substances in life, I’m just not crazy enough to go to Alibaba.com and order vapes which would reach me here in our prohibition nation. Because I wouldn’t necessarily trust the concentrate and cutting agents used in those brands.

With all the news surrounding the health problems created by fake vapes in recent months, that “origins story” has now been confirmed by more investigative journalists as well.

Fake Vapes Originate in China (Town)

But, it’s slightly more complex than just that. All while being more interesting a story too.

You can indeed easily order your “Brass Knuckles” vapes on Alibaba for USD1.10-1.45 only — no need to order them from a spammer on Smoke.io — the story of the unhealthy fake vapes is much more interesting, as highlighted by a team over at Leafly.

As expected, vapes and all their components — both hardware and liquids required — can be ordered wholesale from China and are then shipped to the wholesale district in LA.

Anybody who has visited larger China Towns, or wholesale districts, may have noticed that these districts have multiple “sub-districts”, all selling specific product niches. The vaping market apparently has reached such substantial size that there is an own sub-district for it already as well.

In it, you find everything vaping related. This obviously goes from fake first class imitations, undoubtedly also purchased via Alibaba and Co like this SMOK NORD vape pen, to the whole range of hardware components for vaping hipsters geeks and liquid ingredients.

Fake Brass Knuckles [by Xzibit] photo shameless lifted, err borrowed from a Smoke.io spammer

Within 3 minutes only I had located following products on Alibaba, all available via a simple online order system and payable via credit card.

  1. Refillable Brass Knuckles vape pens (China based)
  2. CBD crumble wax shatter (USA based - off topic but interesting find nevertheless)
  3. CBD concentrate at all possible prices (search result)
  4. Terpenes in all possible flavors (search result)
  5. Vitamin E Oil (search result - no HoneyCut apparently)

For few hundreds bucks, I would have most elements required to start my own brand.

Only thing missing now would be a “brand”, a brand which I can then promote via Smoke.io, and [fake] reviews on Leafly, Weedmaps, and the usual other online cannabis communities. Reviews which I can order for few pennies each on mTurk, oDesk, or any other “freelancer” platform.

All needed next is a branded packaging kit. Of course, anybody in those industries knows they are not that hard to procure either. Go to the right merchant and they will design you your brand for few bucks only. Alternatively you could start your brand design on Fiverr or on CanWork, if you have some ETH.

If you are imitating an already existing brand... not a problem either. It’s easier to replicate branded boxes than to design them from scratch.

That’s how to make your own fake vapes brand.

That’s how, fed by prohibition [fake] brands have come to promote themselves over the internet in recent years. Helped both by fake reviews and legislation popularizing the vaping trend.

Note the specifically selected order of terms in last two sentences: first prohibition, only then legislation. Again, #ProhibitionKills.

Prohibition kills, because who knows what chemical reaction cutting agents or so-called “terpenes”, offered at rates which would make any grower snort, cause when combined. Or whether they are actually what it says on the pack and are indeed “FDA approved” as so many products claim.

The Full Monty

Living in a nation where Class A fakes are part and parcel of daily life the whole uncovered account doesn’t surprise me. In fact, I was fully aware of its possibility. What surprised me though was how stricter legislation in California, complete with pesticide testing, allowed these fake vapes to flood the market in NYC, where no pesticide testing is implemented yet, and high tax rates on medical marijuana allowed the fake brands to exponentially grow.

Head over to Leafly to read the full account (24 min read according to Instapaper) of North America’s illicit vape market. Alternatively, listen to the most recent episode of the Roll Up podcast on Spotify.

Tags: #news #fakevapes #prohibitionkills #leafly #china

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You're a vigilante aside from a good writer. Were those the ones posted here just recently? I've passed through it , but it's nowhere to be found.That usually happens when you jump into finding cheap and underrated items. Chinatown in LA is quite big they can easily manipulate dealers at a much lesser price. They only meant business at the expense of others! Their products are everywhere!


You mean comments posted recently? No, I think most recent about that topic goes few weeks, maybe even two months back.

Vigilante? I like safety and privacy. As well as sharing knowledge. We both raise awareness of the positives and warn about the bad.

We came for the high, the weed... we stayed for the truth and the true potential. 👊

This post was entirely "contextually inspired" by Leafly's article tho. I just wanted to see how easy it was to find all required and those search result were pulled up within 3 minutes only.

PS: I have almost 2,400 comments... good luck trawling them. 😂
A lot are trying to help about chain related things and a bunch of highlighting plagiarism too tho. They're not all Marijuana related.


OH, I stand corrected. I read the new ones at first glance only then I follow the other sources mentioned in the content. All these for the purpose of legalizing medical marijuana all throughout.

A vigilante? LOL Thanks for highlighting the truth!


Maybe but if definitely with attitude.


@unnamed I commend you greatly on bringing forth this very serious subject.

I personally had no clue they were getting away with this. The first photo in your post I've seen on countless occasions browsing the web and always thought to myself "Wow those look some next level cannabis products" Now I've gained some clarity. Thank you!


It’s become difficult to spot the fakes. I’ve myself bought “Class A” fake sneakers and even the brand snobs can not distinguish them real.

I was able to highlight the SMOK vaping pen because it ranked highly in the results and I had a SMOK Nord myself. Thus I knew that SMOK goes the distance in providing authentication features, and definitely highlights it on their website. No distributor of real SMOK vapes would not mention it in description.

@unnamed please forgive me
next time i will upload my truly own content . i am a begineer blogger please understand 😦please forgive me


Bullshit.. That was not a beginner error. That was malicious plagiarism.

Using Google translate and hoping for rewards for being a lazy ass deserves no forgiveness.

Let's call a spade a spade when it is a spade, alright.

Also, how is that related to this post's content? Stick in your thread.