Is your vape safe?

Marijuana vaping has exploded in popularity. From 2017 to 2019, the percentage of young adults who vaped marijuana at least once in a 30-day period grew from 8% to 17%. That has forced researchers to take a closer look at the practice — and the impact it may be having on users’ bodies.

A new study from Berkeley Lab has done just that. And the results are unsettling. The researchers found all sorts of potentially harmful, non-cannabinoid compounds that a vape user is inhaling. These include terpenoids, flavonoids, and lignins.

“The bottom line is that emissions from heated cannabis concentrates are not innocuous,” the study’s lead researcher Hugo Destaillats. “Vaping and dabbing can be a source of harmful chemical exposure, and more research is needed to determine the full extent of the risk.”


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