Legalization, Not Banning, Will Fix The Vape Problem
Why legalizing and regulating vaping THC and CBD oil will address the vaping illness, not banning.
News of a mysterious vaping illness has taken the media by storm. A serious lung sickness related to vaping e-cigarettes and cannabis oils has health experts very concerned.
As many as a dozen people have died from this vaping-related illness according to the CDC, and nearly 1,000 documented cases across 46 states are being reported by news outlets like Vox.
Official reports are ambiguous, yet the media is taking the issue viral pointing at THC vapes and CBD Vapes as the culprit. Let’s dive into it.
Chemicals in Cannabis Cartridges
One thing is certain: researchers don’t know what is causing this outbreak. It could be illicit additives and filler chemicals in cannabis oils and nicotine e-juice, or even a previously unknown long-term side effect of vaping.
Medical experts don’t agree on exactly what compound(s) in e-cigarettes or cannabis and CBD oils might be related to this mysterious sickness either.
As many as 80% of the cases reported were related to THC oil. Some researchers are suggesting the sickness is may be due to a build-up of lipid (fat-like molecules) in the lungs and airways.
Other studies indicate an all-out biological reaction due to exposure to any number of hazardous chemicals. A big concern is that black market vapes may be contaminated with hazardous chemical fillers and additives such as vitamin e acetate and glycol propylene.
Another big problem with potential toxins in vapes comes from heavy metal contamination. Heavy metals such as lead may leach from cheap metal alloys, or could even come from exposure to metals in laboratory testing equipment.
Risks of Vaping
Don’t expect vaping to disappear anytime soon. Data shows it is one of the most popular forms of using cannabis and nicotine now. If you’re vaping e-cigarettes, cannabis oil, or CBD oils be aware of the potential risks.
The most apparent risks come from chemical additives in e-juice and cannabis oils. Always check that any vape you use has been tested or certified to be free from any chemical residues and heavy metals.
However, even the cleanest e-cig and cannabis oil vapes may pose a risk to lung health. Vaping is still relatively new and we don’t know much about the long-term risks.
People are going to keep vaping nicotine, cannabis, and CBD regardless of any potential risks.
That being said, if we want to address this public health issue then it’s legalization, not banning vapes that will make the most positive impact.
A Solution to the Vaping Crisis
The recent vaping-illness outbreak should be a clear sign that vape products need to be better regulated for consumer safety. That also means improving studies on the side effects and risks of vaping.
By legalizing and regulating cannabis vape oils at both the federal and state level the market will be forced to provide safer, cleaner products to consumers.
Banning e-cigarettes, THC oil vapes and CBD vapes is only going to keep products on the black market where there are no regulations, no rules, no consumer safety, and no consequences for people knowingly selling counterfeit vape oils and e-juice.
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While we don’t know all the risks of vaping at the moment, we are aware of some of the risks. With legalization and regulation consumers can have access to cleaner products free from potential toxins.
People will continue to vape, regardless of risk or legality. If we want to reduce the risks to public health then education and regulation are the key, not prematurely banning vapes.
What can you do to avoid the vaping crisis? Avoid black market vapes at all costs, purchase only high-grade vape oils with no added chemicals, fillers, or thinning agents.
Don’t forget that you can always vape dry flower from a high quality cannabis company such as Cannafornia. Our flower is cultivated from premium genetics using organic methods and is always free from harmful pesticides and contaminants.
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