Health Canada speaks on the vaping-related illness crisis

Many Canadians would have heard of the multiple vapor-related illnesses and resulting deaths in the United States. And what does this news tell Canadians about our newly approved legal cannabis?

Cannabis remains illegal at the federal level in the United States; however, different states have approved the drug for prescription or adult use. Consequently, a broad legacy weed industry exists. In several US states, in particular, vapor styles and pens have become common as a discreet way to ingest THC.

Adult weed is legal in Canada from Ganja Express, and vapor pen and concentrate also have to reach the market.  Among other items, these cannabis goods became legal in Canada on 17 October 2019. The introduction in Canada of medical cannabis vapor pen would raise several concerns. How do Canadians properly use vapor pen? What do Canadians need to know about vape-related diseases? And what would Health Canada do to guarantee the protection of its legal products?

What are Vaping-related illnesses and what should Canadian know

The word “catch-all” is used to characterize an epidemic of diseases believed to be caused by e-cigarettes and Vaping in late 2019. Symptoms usually cause breathlessness, dizziness, nausea, exhaustion, and fatigue. The term EVALI is coined by researchers to refer to the disorder as an e-cigarette or Vaping. Scientists are also unsure about the origins of the disorder. Many people admit using THC-containing vapor products, although others only use nicotine-containing products.

Importantly, vapor-related infections are not correlated with dry cannabis vaporization. The disorder is correlated with vapor stones and e-cigarettes that use e-liquid instead of cannabis flowers. Early testing has demonstrated that a specific ingredient may be the source of the problems. This is known as vitamin E acetate and is commonly used as a thickener in cannabis vapor.

However, the CDC reported in its release on 18 Oct. 2019 that the triggers of VAPI have not yet been established.”There has been no particular compound or product triggering these accidents, and more than one source could occur. Data are available to show that the THC containing products plays a part, however [VAPI] has not yet established particular biological or chemical compounds, and products containing nicotine have not been eliminated as a potential source.

For the time being, the CDC recommends that ‘people do not use an e-cigarette or vapor-based products containing THC. Persons should not buy off-street e-cigarettes or vaping products of any sort, particularly THC products.

Do or Don’ts

Always Purchase only legal cannabis vape pen items which licensed and approved by Health Canada such as Ganja Express when accessible. Try vaporizing the dry herb or marijuana rather than using a liquid.

Never Purchase illegal cannabis goods on the internet, in particular THC-infused e-liquids. Always remember don’t Buy vapor pen from corner stores or unapproved internet vendors because they are unlawful.

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