As cannabis vaping set to become legal, public health experts urge strict control


While legalization will help regulate what’s in cannabis vapes, doctors worry about vaping-related illness

Some Canadian doctors and public health experts say Canada should hit pause on this week’s legalization of cannabis oils, given the nearly 1,300 cases of vaping-related lung injury in the U.S. due to an unknown cause.

Cannabis vapes are among a series of new products — including edibles, extracts and topicals, like lotions — that officially become regulated on Oct. 17, 2019. The earliest these will be for sale legally in Canada is mid-December.

While doctors welcome the idea that the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, content in legalized products will be regulated, they are concerned about the health effects of vaping, which have yet to be well-researched and tested.

How do e-cigarettes work and what’s in the devices?

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs, a practice called vaping.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the liquid can contain: nicotine, THC and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives. THC is the main compound in marijuana that produces the “high.”

Although currently illegal in Canada and parts of the U.S., cannabis oils for vaping are available online.

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CBC News – Oct 16, 2019.

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