Health & FitNearly 200 potential cases of vaping-related lung illness have been reported across the U.S. Vaping marijuana is still typically safer than smoking it.
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Federal health officials are under fire for their unclear public warnings following one death and nearly 200 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses, which some say are related to the risky practice of vaping marijuana oil.
- On Tuesday, Virginia health officials reported three people in the state had been .
- As of August 22, nearly 200 potential cases of severe lung illness related to vape use have been reported across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- There are a variety of ways to consume and nicotine. Smoking and vaporizing are two of the most popular methods. It's unclear how many hospitalizations have been due to vaping nicotine versus marijuana.
- When it comes to marijuana consumption, both methods come with risks, but smoking is thought to release more carcinogens from marijuana than vaping, Dr. Jeffrey Chen, the director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, told INSIDER.
- poses other serious health risks because many of the pens use cannabis extracts or introduce toxins during their production process. than smoking.
On Tuesday, Virginia health officials reported three people in the state had been.
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As of August 22,have been reported across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Of the reported cases, 11 hospitalizations occurred in Wisconsin and. Officials are unsure whether the teens were vaping marijuana or nicotine, or if the substances varied between cases. They also don't know which vape brands they used, according to CNN, and officials are further investigating.
It is known that one vape-related hospitalization, reported in July, involved an unnamed 26-year-old Wisconsin man who was, the psychoactive component in cannabis. He had purchased the THC-containing vape cartridge off the street, INSIDER reported.
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The man's brother, Patrick DeGrave, told USA Today that his brotherfrom vaping.
"He was not breathing on his own at all yesterday. His heart was weak. They weren't sure he was going to make it," he said.
As more statesand more adverse health effects are reported, questions concerning the health risks associated with the substance and its various consumption methods are on the rise.
For example, what are the effects of vaporizing marijuana versus smoking it? Although limited research currently exists, there is some data and anecdotal evidence that can offer a look into the health risks, or lack thereof, associated with these two popular methods.
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Smoking marijuana releases carcinogens - substances or - into the body. That's because cannabis, the plant marijuana is derived from, is like any other plant, according to Dr. Jeffrey Chen, the director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative. "When you combust any plant, you're creating significantly more carcinogens," Chen said.
Smoking marijuana also releases tar into the body. In fact, the American Lung Association noted thatthan cigarette smokers, since they typically inhale for longer.
That said, Chen told INSIDER that some people who switched from smoking weed to vaping it have noticed improvements in their lung health and experience less bronchitis. In fact, a 2007 study in the Harm Reduction Journal found thatthrough a pipe, bong, or other combustible method. More research on the long-term effects of weed vaporizers still must be done, though, to ascertain this claim.
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Your choice of vape method determines safety
There is one major caveat when it comes to the benefits of vaping marijuana, and it comes down to whether you use a traditional vaporizer or a vape pen. While smoking the substance through a pipe, bong, or other methods may release more marijuana-based toxins than vaping, pens can also introduce dangerous carcinogens to a person's body, Chen explained.
That's because the current vape pens being sold in smoke shops and dispensaries aren't the same thing as traditional vaporizers. To use a traditional vaporizer, a person putsas if it were in a convection oven. The resulting vapor from the heated flower is what gets a person high.
Vape pens might expose users to harmful toxins
Vape pens typically use marijuana extracts in the form of liquid-filled cartridges that are attached to the pen and then inhaled. This means smokers are inhaling concentrated contaminants and carcinogens that go directly into the bloodstream.
These contaminants are introduced to a vape pen when the weed is grown and the extract is created and packaged. According to Chen, pesticides, fertilizers, and even heavy metals may touch a cannabis plant in the growing process. While these toxins can also affect a person smoking marijuana through a pipe or bong, vape pen users could be exposed to an especially concentrated form.
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Additionally, the process used to turn marijuana into an extract uses special solvents that aren't always safe for the body, Chen said. "Butane or hexane are bad and might remain in the extract," he told INSIDER. "They try to remove them, but sometimes there is some left over [in the extract]."
A carrier agent may also be added to a marijuana extract so it heats and burns more smoothly through the vape pen. These carrier agents, like glycerin, also contain carcinogens and, according to Chec, "at high temperatures, these contaminants can turn into even more harmful things."
Research has shown that vaporizers get infrequent users higher than if they smoke marijuana
In addition to vaping's effects on a person's long term health, this marijuana consumption method may create dangerous short-term effects for certain people.
A 2018 study from Johns Hopkins Medicine, for example, found thatthan from smoking it. "What our study suggests is that some people who use cannabis infrequently need to be careful about how much cannabis they use with a vaporizer, and they should not drive, even within several hours after use," Ryan Vandrey, the study's lead author, said in a press release.
With combustible smoking methods, users get a general idea of how much marijuana they are consuming. While some vape pens signal when a user has reached a specific dose, more often than not a person can't see the physical marijuana and may therefore vape without realizing how much marijuana they actually consume. As a result, they may get higher than they would from combustible methods. A small 2018 study in JAMA found this to be true. After researchers had some people use vapes and others smoke marijuana, they discovered theafter vape use.
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What's more, infrequent users who vape could experience greater feelings of anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and hallucinations, the researchers found. Since vape use could impair users and put them and others in dangerous situations, people should evaluate their circumstances before using one of these devices and consuming marijuana in general.
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