When electronic cigarettes first hit the U.S. market back in 2006, health experts began to raise warnings regarding the dangers related to these new smoking devices. It didn’t take long for marijuana users to adopt the device as another way to get a buzz from ingesting cannabis extracts. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics found that marijuana vaping by school-aged adolescents doubled between 2013 and 2020. In addition, the number of adolescents who reported vaping marijuana in the prior thirty days saw a seven-fold increase during that same time-period. Our kids are especially drawn to Cannabis oils, which when vaped deliver a more intense high through what’s known as “dabbing”. In fact, dabbing the oils in this manner delivers a potency three to five times greater than smoking dried herbal marijuana. With one in three 12th graders reporting that they’ve vaped marijuana, we need to turn up the intensity of our monitoring and warning.
December 3, 2021