News of vaping-related illness and death have raised concerns about cannabis vaping safety.  Right now, there are more questions than answers.

Here are links to insightful news stories re the subject.   We will summarize below these links:

Is Vaping Cannabis Good for You?

Surterra Wellness

https://www.surterra.com/blog/science/is-vaping-cannabis-bad-for-you/?j=622717&sfmc_sub=49663198&l=15152_HTML&u=10264010&mid=100019610&jb=3&utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=top-picks

Special Report: Cannabis Researchers, Scientists Confront Vaping-Related Lung Disease Debate

Cannabis Business Times

https://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/vaping-lung-disease-science-vitamin-e-acetate-terpenes-questions/

Vape Pen Lung Disease: Here’s What You Need to Know

Leafly

https://www.leafly.com/news/health/vape-pen-lung-disease-advice-consumers

Dank Vapes Is the “Biggest Conspiracy” in Pot That Can Put You in a Coma

Inverse

https://www.inverse.com/article/58581-dank-vapes

Vaping illnesses highlight flawed marijuana regulations

USA Today

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/13/vaping-illness-deaths-spark-call-regulation-marijuana-products/2301489001/

Personally, the most sage advice comes from Natural Wellness Academy Resident Expert/Mentor Kristina Risola—one of the world’s first and foremost Medical Cannabis Coaches.

Things to Consider as a Florida Cannabis Patient Amid Current Vaping Concerns

Kristina Risola: Cannabis Health Coach

https://www.kristinarisola.com/blog/florida-medical-cannabis-vaping-things-toknow?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

As you can see, there are multiple theories on the specific outbreak cause.  Keep checking back to this page as we will post new stories as developments warrant.

In the meantime, here are some immediate recommendations until more is known.

Use ONLY lab-tested cannabis vape cartridges purchased through a reputable, licensed dispensaries.  Do not use black market or street cartridges, especially any products labeled “Dank Vapes” or “Chronic Carts.”

Dank Vapes and Chronic are empty cartridge brands sold that “home brewers” can fill with their own concoction of THC plus who knows what.  They look legitimate with proper packaging and are often sold on the street as coming from a legal California or Colorado dispensary.  Not true.  Stay away.

Do NOT use any product with propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG).  Both cutting agents can produce cancer-causing carbonyl compounds and formaldehyde when heated.

Even cartridges sold through dispensaries can have less than desirable ingredients.  Most of Florida Trulieve’s cartridges are cut with MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) Oil.  While non-carcinogenic and far preferable to PG or VG, inhaling heated MCT Oil can coat the lungs and suppress optimal oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange when breathing, potentially leading to lipid pneumonia.  Fortunately, lipid pneumonia is typically treatable and usually temporary.

Urge your patients to ask their cannabis purveyors about lab tests, cutting agents, cartridge quality and any other issues about their medicine.  And be prepared to help your clients get those answers

Vaporizing Cannabis extract is a relatively new phenomenon, with virtually no long-term health studies.  At the moment, the CDC is reporting 385 e-cig or THC vape-related illness.

On the other hand, literally thousands of patients are taking their medicine via vaporizer with no ill effects…yet.

The current situation should lead to more research, more open dialogue and ultimately, safer conditions.  In the meantime, each individual patient, and you, must decide what’s right for them.

Interested in becoming a Cannabis Educator, Coach, Consultant?  Check our our top-rated Comprehensive CBD/Cannabis Coaching Certification here.

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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