Vaping marijuana and other cannabis products is a popular trend in the United States, especially with teenagers. This age group tends to think that this is not dangerous, or they are more willing to try it than other drugs. The following was found in the past 10 years:
- In 2014, a little over 77% of 12-17 year olds did not think it was a big risk to vape this drug.
- A study of Connecticut teens in 2015 found that almost 30% of kids tried marijuana.
- One in five of these teens used an e-cigarette to smoke it.
Of course, habits formed as a teenager can likely lead to continued use as an adult as well. While many think that marijuana vaping abuse will not hurt them now or later, this could not be farther from the truth.
Vaping Marijuana and Cannabis Products: Risks for Teens
Even though using vape pens or other devices for certain drugs may seem harmless for teenagers, there can be serious health problems associated with doing so. Besides the obvious lung and breathing issues, some of these side effects include:
- Impaired brain development
- Attention span issues
- Lack of impulse control
- Memory and problem-solving challenges
Additionally, because vaping marijuana involves taking in a much higher concentration of THC, this increases the chances for regular use, leading to even more problems.
Other substances included with THC can also make vaping marijuana and cannabis products worse than just smoking it. Concentrates like butane hash oil (BHO) and others can contain ingredients such as lighter fluid and pesticides. Obviously, teens putting these chemicals in their lungs using vaping devices is not beneficial.
Health Risks Adults Encounter from Vaping Marijuana and Other Products
While vaping certain cannabinoids won’t affect brain development in adults, it can have other life-threatening effects. This is especially the case with lung injuries.
Viruses Related to The Lungs
When certain illnesses attack the lungs, such as pneumonia or COVID-19, those who vape can have an especially hard time recovering. Increased age mixed with a history of vaping substances, including marijuana, makes the risks for a serious illness higher.
In addition, vaping marijuana does not prevent harmful smoke and tar from entering the lungs. While the risk is not as high as just vaping nicotine, it still does increase the possibility of getting cancer. Older adults who do this and get this disease can have a long, hard road to recovery from cancer.
Am I Addicted to Vaping Marijuana and Cannabis products?
Addiction to vaping marijuana and cannabis products should not be taken lightly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 2,800 cases of hospitalization were reported from March of 2019 to February 2020 as a result of e-cigarettes or vaping. Most of these cases were middle-aged or older, and even one teenager died from complications.
Because of the serious dangers that vaping these substances can lead to, you should seek help if you think you might be addicted. There are many resources available for those who need help, and there is no shame in searching for assistance or information.
There are many treatment options and resources available from Real Recovery in order to help those who may be addicted to vaping marijuana or cannabis-related products. Please feel free to contact us if you want to discuss your habits further.