As of this December, the CDC has reported that upwards of 2,000 cases have been reported of lung diseases related to vaping products. 48 deaths have currently been documented as a result of these vaping illnesses, and new cases are reported to the CDC on a weekly basis despite the condition seeming to be on the decline. All patients who have been reported to the CDC as having this condition have a history of using e-cigarettes or other vaping products. More specifically, all of these patients had used vaping products that contained THC.
Patients who have been diagnosed with this vaping-related condition have exhibited flu or pneumonia-like symptoms alongside intense coughing or difficulty breathing. According to fluid samples collected from the lungs of patients, the vaping products they were using contained a substance called Vitamin E acetate, which is frequently used in skin products or vitamin capsules. While it’s usually completely safe to ingest or put on the skin, it’s been found that inhaling it causes extreme damage to the lungs.
What Does This Have To Do With CBD?
The CDC is finding that many of the vaping products which contain Vitamin E acetate are counterfeit THC vaping products. These products are often bought from illegitimate sources including family, friends, or unlicensed dealers. There’s no way of knowing where these products come from or how they’re made, which is how ingredients like Vitamin E acetate end up in them.
Many people who use CBD vaping products also use products that contain THC. Although CBD vaping products are completely legal, THC vaping products are still federally illegal, which is why users typically end up buying them from counterfeit sellers. When you buy vaping products, CBD or THC, from counterfeit sellers, you risk any number of harmful chemicals being in them.
The bottom line is, you need to be cautious of vaping products and where you’re buying them from. If you use CBD or THC vaping products, make sure you’re buying them directly from the manufacturer so you can get an accurate list of ingredients. If you don’t take these precautions, you could risk Vitamin E acetate, or worse, being in your vaping cartridges.
As with any other CBD or THC product you might purchase, make sure you do your research and purchase only from reputable retailers. In addition, be sure to consult with your physician to be sure using CBD is right for you and your symptoms. Talking to a doctor before you start using any health or wellness products can reduce side effects and prepare you for any adverse reactions you might have. As always, be sure to start with a small dosage of CBD to see how it affects you, whether you’re using vaporizers or any other cannabis products.
Center For Disease Control