We’re big fans of inhaling THC in various creative ways – but new info has come to light that has us thinking twice about putting it in a vaporiser. Seven people have died and 450 are suffering from lung disease in the United States due to chemical exposure from smoking e-cigarettes.
The US government’s investigators say a common thread in these cases is that the patients smoked vape liquid which had dodgy THC oil in it that they had purchased off the street.
“This outbreak does not appear to be associated with traditional legally-sold e-cigarettes, but with illicit and sometimes counterfeit THC vaping cartridges,” said Dr Michael Siegel, a professor at Boston University School of Public Health.
SA vapers warned against THC
Now the Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) has warned vapers to avoid any vape products containing THC.
VPASA board member Kabir Kaleechurn said the lethal liquid that killed the American patients was laced with Vitamin E Acetate, which should never have been inhaled.
“It appears that the products responsible for the currently reported illnesses are illicit products containing THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis,” Kaleechurn said. “It was reported that the THC was cut with Vitamin E Acetate, which has no place in a vaping product.”