A Qualitative Analysis of Cannabis Vaporization Among Medical Users
Researchers have recently analyzed popular vaping behavior and revealed the advantages of vaporizing medical cannabis. The general advantages of vaporizing medical cannabis include portability, concealability, and efficiency, while the medical advantages like promoting tobacco cessation and it’s quick-acting effects. There are also limitations to vaporization, like technology-use barriers for those who find technology difficult to work with and the cost of such devices. Vaporizing may also prove to be advantageous or disadvantageous for patients depending on their medical condition, meaning that all patients should discuss consumption mechanisms with their physician.
As the cannabis industry continues to grow various consumption methods become readily available for consumers, each presenting its own benefits and limitations. Patients should thoroughly research the different consumption methods and discuss which method would work best for them. Vaporizers in the featured article were mainly portable but desktop vaporizers are also available and often more efficient. The world of edibles continues to grow and it better for those looking for longer-lasting, stronger, and delayed effects. Tinctures are easy to prepare at home or buy online and are ideal for incorporating into patients' favorite meals, smoothies, or can be taken sublingually for fast-acting effects and raw cannabinoids. Experimentation is encouraged, just be sure to start at a slow dose and slowly feel out the effects.
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By Lilly Bertone
Yesterday, December 12th 2019, the Cannabis Control Commission released an amended quarantine order, ending the current ban on THC vaporizing devices and products. Don’t go running to the dispensary yet, though. Licensees now have a list of new compliance regulations they need to implement before sales get started up again.
Customers will now have the knowledge of all additives used in the production of the contents inside the cartridge (like thickeners and reintroduced terpenes) and the manufacturing information of the batteries, atomizers and coils used in the vaporizing devices. This can’t just be shared by word of mouth at check out. A disclaimer and warning of potential health risks associated with vaping must be posted in the store and printed literature with that same disclaimer and warning must be included at the point of sale. The licensees will also have to update their website with this information.
The ban originated on November 12th as a result of a public health crisis declared by Massachusetts Governor and the CDC. The additive Vitamin E Acetate (VEA) was found to be the cause of a multi-state outbreak of E-cigarette and Vaping Associated Lung Injury (EVALI). Over 1,000 patients reported using a vaping device and then feeling symptoms like chest pains, coughing, and even death.
Further investigations prompted the amendment from the CCC because of the samples collected from licensed marijuana establishments and medical treatment centers, none contained VEA. Echoing the point made by the public that these illnesses were from a non-regulated establishment, or the “black-market”.
If you have a vaporizing product purchased before December 12th and are concerned about it’s contents, the establishment should have the product’s original testing information. As always, if you need guidance on vaporizing cannabis for medical relief, reach out to us here at the CED Clinic!