increasingly are being used as a less detectable way to inhale
cannabis, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
published recently in the journal Pediatrics said 16 percent
of high school students, with percentages expected to rise,
are using e-cigarettes to vaporize hash oil or wax infused
with tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the constituent chemical in
cannabis that causes psychological effects. Nearly one in four
students now uses THC regularly.
August study from Oberlin College in Ohio and published in the
Journal of Adolescent Health found that adolescents learn the
health risks of cigarettes from multiple sources, but
"receive much less and often incorrect information
regarding marijuana and e-cigarettes. That helps explain their
positive and often ambivalent perceptions of marijuana and
of vaporizing cannabis using e-cigarettes were high," the
Oberlin study states. "These findings raise concerns
about the lack of e-cigarette regulations and the potential
use of e-cigarettes for purposes other than vaping
another study published in August in the International Journal
of Environmental Research and Public Health, says
"recreational cannabis users can discreetly Ďvapeí
deodorized cannabis extracts with minimal annoyance to the
people around them and less chance of detection." But
there are notable drawbacks.
commercial cannabis-infused liquids is a long, complex
process, but such products are readily available on the
Internet. However, they lack quality control, expiration dates
and preservation methods without any toxicological or clinical
assessment, it reports. A Google search produces a long list
of websites explaining how to create e-liquids containing THC.
University of Michiganís annual Monitoring the Future report
issued Aug. 31 says that marijuana use among the nationís
college students surpassed cigarette smoking for the first
time in 2014.
every 17 college students is smoking marijuana daily or on a
near-daily basis, with 21 percent of college students having
smoked marijuana in the past 30 days, compared with 17 percent
in 2006, it says. Thirty-four percent used marijuana sometime
third of all adolescents and young adults consider marijuana
use to be dangerous, down from 55 percent in 2006, with 41
percent of all college students in 2013 having used an illicit
drug in the previous year.
clear that for the past seven or eight years there has been an
increase in marijuana use among the nationís college
students," said Lloyd Johnston, the principal
investigator of the Michigan study. "And this largely
parallels an increase we have been seeing among high school