With the recent news about vaping-related lung illness, maybe you’re a little anxious about vaping your CBD. We’re also getting a lot of this question: “Can You Vape CBD Oil?”. If you normally enjoy the rapid relief and increased bioavailability offered from vapes, you can relax and carry on. The facts as currently understood about the crisis indicate two things: One, the recent health damages and deaths are serious, indeed. Two, the issue relates almost entirely to illegal products of mysterious origins. No legitimate brands of cannabis or CBD vapes – whether they contain THC or CBD – have been implicated.
Current Statistics about Vaping
The most current information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) includes:
- 1080 cases of lung injury have been reported in 48 states and the Virgin Islands
- So far, at least 18 people have died (CNBC reports the deaths at 16)
- Most victims are male
- Most are between the ages of 18 and 34, although 16 percent are under the age of 18
- Most (78 percent) had used a THC-laden product
- 37 percent used strictly THC vapes and 58 percent used nicotine, as well, with 17 percent reporting use of nicotine-only vapes.
As for brands under suspicion, the CDC hasn’t mentioned any. Telling, however, is their caution to “not buy these products (e.g., e-cigarette or vaping products with THC or CBD oils) from informal sources (e.g. friends, family members) or ‘off the street’ ….” In other words, the CDC suspects black market/homemade formulas, not necessarily branded, regulated products.
The CDC updates the report frequently, so data may have changed since the date of this post.
What’s behind the Vaping Crisis?
According to the CDC, all patients reported using e-cigarette products with symptom onset ranging from a few days to several weeks after consumption. Perhaps because cannabis oils turned up in a majority of cases, medical researchers thought victims were suffering from an exogenous lipoid pneumonia (pneumonia caused by the inhalation of oils); however, the lung tissue biopsies from 17 patients – performed by doctors at the Mayo Clinic – all point to toxic chemical damage rather than a build-up of oils inside the lungs.
In a September 5th bulletin, the New York State Department of Health confirmed that they had received 34 reports of the illness in patients ranging in age from 15 to 46. All confirmed that they had vaped at least one cannabis product before the onset of symptoms. Additionally, they also reported using a variety of vaping products in the recent past. The report failed to discuss whether the products were obtained from licensed dispensaries or off the street. However, due to the amount of strict regulation and testing required of legal brands, we suspect the latter.
When the New York samples were tested, nearly all the cannabis products contained Vitamin E acetate, a thinning additive not approved by the state for medical marijuana vaping products. None of the nicotine-containing samples were laced with Vitamin E acetate. But here’s the kicker: The report goes on to say, “Many are suspected to be counterfeits of recreational cannabis-containing vape products available in other states.” This appraisal of the facts in New York provides the clue that “street vapes,” not original branded products, are most likely to blame. Vitamin E acetate isn’t the only dangerous additive used by illegal manufacturers to thin their vape oils.
Government Bans Babies Because of Bathwater
The facts suggest this novel epidemic of vaping-related lung disease can’t reasonably be attached to vaping in general. After all, e-cigarette devices emerged over a decade ago, and gained popularity with no sudden explosion of pulmonary disease in regular users.
One can make a reasonable argument that vaping products containing glycols and certain flavoring additions may create toxicities and should face informed regulatory scrutiny. However, some government entities seem anxious to implement bans now and look for justifications at leisure.
According to CNBC and the Boston Globe, Michigan and Boulder, Colorado, banned the sales of flavored e-cigarettes, following San Francisco’s lead. The governors of Washington state and Massachusetts have also called for bans. Although the underlying causes of the crisis have yet to be fully revealed, it’s fairly evident that bootleg, not above-board, products rest at the heart of it all.
It seems counterproductive to impose blanket bans against all vaping products. Such a knee-jerk reaction won’t discourage the black market, but rather could drive users into the arms of shady distributors to get what they want, thus perpetuating the crisis.
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Berkeley Lovelace, Jr. and Nick Wells. CNBC. ‘Toxic chemical fumes,’ not oils, may be causing vaping illness, Mayo Clinic researchers find. Oct. 2, 2019
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease.html. Sept. 27, 2019
Yasmeen M. Butt, M.D., et al. New England Journal of Medicine. Pathology of Vaping-Associated Lung Injury. Oct. 2, 2019
New York State Department of Health. New York State Department of Health Announces Update on Investigation into Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Illnesses. Sept. 5, 2019
Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternative Assoc. A Historical Timeline of Electronic Cigarettes
Martin A. Lee and Zoe Sibman. What Should We Do about Vaping? Sept. 27, 2019
Christopher Gavin. Boston Globe. Charlie Baker calls for 4-month vape, e-cigarette sales ban. Sept. 24, 2019