KRT is a brand we’ve been meaning to get around to for awhile. It is often shown as “KRT Yang,” or sometimes with other Eastern / Buddhism themes to it. Not to beat around the Buddha, but KRT is 100% boof empty packaging with no company behind it, to the extent we can find.

It’s not every day we see somebody get a tattoo of a fake brand on their arm:

KRT_tattoo

Wow, that is on a whole new level. Buckle up kids, this is going to be one of those *special* fake cart write-ups!

Rule #1 of fake carts: When researching them, you discover a new packaging wholesaler

Your humble fake cart hunter has been curating a list of every known online retailer of fake / black market / unregulated THC vape cart packaging. Today, I got to add a new site to that list, “420 CBD pen”:

KRT_at_420CBDpen

Now you’ll note, sites that traffic in fake carts have lately made a very sloppy distinction between “CBD” and “THC.” Like “420” and “710,” lots of shady sites online have tumbled to the idea that all these mean “weed vapes.” Since it’s an empty package being sold, there’s no difference if you call it an “orange juice cart,” it will get filled with whatever the distributor has lying around.

Naturally, we also find KRT cartridge packaging at DHGate:

KRT_at_DHGate

….which pretty much means you’re going to find them everywhere. Another DHGate hit:

KRT_vape_brand_spam

You see here that wholesalers will just type as many fake cart brand names into the title as they can think of. This is called “keyword stuffing,” trying to come up for any possible hit they think people will search for. Despite Wikipedia’s neutral attitude, it is a “black hat” SEO technique. Just as with the confusion with CBD in the previous example, they don’t care.

Rule #2 of fake carts: When you get a group photo with other fakes!

There’s these three brands that tend to generate a lot of drama in our circle, because while they are counterfeited to infinity and back, there are people behind the original brand either struggling to go legit or trying to convince us of that. I call them “the Three Stooges”: Big Chief, Lion’s Breath, and Muha Meds. When researching KRT, guess what we found at this street cart vendor Facebook?

The_Three_Stooges

Someday when I retire, I’ll have to get this whole photo as a tattoo. This is peak fake cart detective career. It is never going to happen again. I don’t know what “Unhappy” backwards is about down there in the lower left, but we’ll get to that one when its turn in the list comes up.

Apparently KRTs come in a “Big Black Box,” too:

KRT_Big_Black_Box

…abbreviated to “BBB” on the ends:

KRT_BBB

When comments ask about buying, the only reply is one instructing the visitor to ask on WhatsApp.

Rule #3 of fake carts: When you find illicit dealers without even looking at Instagram

Here’s another vendor on Facebook, with a row of KRT Yang boxes lined up next to somebody’s butt:

KRT_somebodys_butt

Meanwhile on Twitter, #KRTCart yields a hit. On Twitter all the hashtags flow together – again, all they care about is you wanted a vape, you’re here, regardless of what “brand” you were searching for. So the hashtag for KRT appears over a video for Guess Who:

KRT_over_Lions_Breath

Lion’s Breath seems to be stupidly popular on the black market. What, are people eating them by the handful?

KRTMuhaDankAbracadabra

We can top that: An account named Muha Meds with a website called “dankvapezone” (as in Danks) that comes up for a KRT search while showing a video of knocked-off “Abracadabra” Brass Knuckles packaging. Brass Knuckles does indeed carry an Abracadabra line, but it’s copied already. Like we say, keyword stuffing.

KRT_fantasy_gifts

This Twitter account is trying to sell KRT on eBay? The link has since been taken down off eBay.

Street vendors are now just stone cold advertising on YouTube (VOLUME WARNING):

And now for a KRT vendor advertising on Pinterest! Yes, we have a live Pinterest hit, mark that spot on your social media bingo card:

KRT_on_Pinterest

But this vendor says to shout out to them on SnapChat.

We also find the obligatory LeafedOut vendor selling KRT vapes. Then we found this:

KRT_14_dolars

Yes, that says $14! Since scam order sites abound for THC carts, this might be an arbitrary price picked to make people bite. When we zoom in here we notice:

KRT_Yang_sharpie

…that yin-yang symbol looks like it was drawn on the box with a sharpie.

And THEN we get to Reddit…

Not even much point to go this far, but here’s someone reporting life support from respiratory failure just one month ago, with a list of carts that include KRT/Yang.

This Redditor found the eBay carts. This post is a roller-coaster and we are never getting off.

Wait, we tried again and found the eBay seller. We missed out but made it in time for six bottles of deer placenta.

KRT_eBay_deer_placenta

Here’s a Redditor doing a quality test on a KRT cart, the gram cart comes in at 0.5 grams.

There’s the usual swell of Redditors finding these carts and asking if they’re legit, but by now our point has been most firmly made.

But you know what we DIDN’T find for KRT?

Sing along with us, gang!

We didn’t find a LICENSE, a COMPANY, a WEBSITE, a PERMIT, not even a state of origin for KRT / Yang vape carts!

Unlicensed, unregulated brands like KRT/Yang may contain anything

There is a deadly epidemic of lung illness tied to black market cart usage. Vaping-associated pulmonary injury has so far claimed 64 lives and hospitalized more than 2700 users. This was the main health story in the news before Corona Virus COVID-19 cases pushed it off the front page, but people are still getting sick off boof street carts. Unregulated vape carts could contain heavy metals like lead, pesticides, cut such as Honey Cut, or simply bunk. Or they could be fire if you’re lucky. But a lot of people in the hospital right now weren’t lucky.

If anybody has more information on where these are circulating, please feel free to help us protect public safety by sharing it with the community here in the comments or in our forum.

 

11 COMMENTS

  1. every krt ive had has a scannable code with the lab results for each cartridge. Each barcode on the carts are different and unique. how are they providing this information if they are fake?

  2. I just got one for 20 and it had a gold seal/ sticker up top that said void and was slightly difficult to remove. So is it fake! It does not say yang how do I post a picture

  3. Fond myself on this page after a good buddy of mine got 3 free carts from a friend who “recently quit smoking”. so i started researching. We’re in Buffalo NY and i guess mf’s out here tryin to kill people with these carts!

  4. When krt came out last year they didnt sell packaging online. That’s the first thing I did. Look it up. They began to get popular and that’s when they changed their packaging. The one on DH Gate or whatever is the one from last year. I found out about them on the LA sesh and even met their owner. So far havent had problems and I only get from them and their vendors who know each other. I would say if you buy from someone else then irs fake ?

  5. I have a KRT card that looks nothing like the one shown here. Is there now a legit source? The two that I have one was called bubble Kush and the other was royal cookies. So are these fake? I have more to describe but ran out of text. LOL

  6. I just got 2 bogus KRT vape carts. Thank you for your research and the photos. I live in Sacramento County. I knew it was too good to be true. I’m glad i came home and looked up KRT.

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