A “vaping crisis” has hit the US. As of September 13, there have been 380 confirmed and probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in 36 states, and six people have died so far.
In response, President Donald Trump has announced his administration will ban flavoured e-cigarettes and several health bodies, including the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have urged the general public to avoid using any vaping products in light of the apparent outbreak.
The illness, dubbed vaping-associated pulmonary injury or VAPI, is thought to be tied to vaping e-cigarette liquids and cannabis oils, though no specific ingredient or factor has yet been identified as the root cause of the illness.
Many, but not all, of the confirmed cases have involved vape devices containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
So, is vaping marijuana safe? Here’s everything the cannabis industry should know about the vaping illness outbreak.
By: Alexander Beadle
Science Writer – annalyticalcannabis.com