Lung Safety and the Effects of Vaping CBD
Updated September 22, 2023.
Vaping CBD is one of the most popular forms of delivery. However, it may not be “smoking,” but it does come with its own unique risks.
Vaping has been linked to several thousand cases of lung illnesses, and almost 70 people have died from EVALI (e-cigarette and vaping-associated lung injury).
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Harmful E-Liquid Ingredients
Illicit CBD e-liquids can contain synthetic marijuana, chemicals, or vitamin E acetate. Some CBD vape liquids use carrier oils such as MCT, which are safe for consumption but not safe to vape.
You need to make sure that you buy a quality vape pen and liquid from a reputable store and learn how to use it properly. Using low-quality, modified vape pens that over-heat the e-liquid can be detrimental to your health. Therefore, you must know how to recognize good quality vaporizers and e-liquid when you see them.
The Risks of Vaping CBD
In rare cases, people can get popcorn lung from vaping low-quality CBD. The vitamin E acetate in low-quality e-liquid is linked to this popcorn lung disease and other EVALI.
Coughing from vaping could also be a symptom of it. If you’re coughing after vaping CBD, you could be using CBD vape liquid containing ingredients not suitable for your lungs. If you find yourself coughing when vaping, check your e-liquid and the quality of your vape pen.
Are There Regulations for CBD Vape Juice?
Consumable CBD is regulated, but as e-liquid is not “consumed,” vaping regulations are unclear.
Companies can get away with selling inferior or harmful CBD vape liquids containing unsafe ingredients. If you decide to vape CBD despite the risks, get your e-liquid from a dispensary where the products are guaranteed to be safe.
It is the act of vaping and any harmful ingredients added to the e-liquid, rather than the CBD, that is dangerous. It comes with risks, and it is not necessarily the best delivery method.
Although further research is necessary to learn more about the effect of vaping on the lungs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against it.