Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that THC-containing products may be behind the massive increase in lung diseases related to vaping.
THC is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana and is responsible for the feeling of being high.
The CDC announced today in their weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report that the vast majority of people who became ill after vaping had used products containing THC.
About 77 percent of people with vaping-related diseases used products that contained THC or a mixture of THC and nicotine. Only about 16 percent of those who got sick said they used products that contained nicotine but not THC.
The number of diseases related to vaping has currently reached 805 cases in 46 states and 1 US territory. UU., Federal health officials reported.
Twelve deaths related to vaping have been confirmed in 10 states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Oregon.
“The CDC has given priority to discover what is causing this outbreak of lung injuries and deaths and we are making progress,” said Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the CDC in an email statement. “We continue to work 24/7 with state partners and the FDA to protect our nation from this serious health threat.”
The CDC is working with state and local governments to locate if there is a particular line or device that is linked to these diseases. They reported that in Illinois and Wisconsin, most products containing THC were purchased from informal sources such as friends, family or illegally from a distributor.
Scott Krakower, DO, assistant unit psychiatry chief at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, New York, specializes in working with adolescents and young adults with addiction problems. He noted that everyone should be concerned about vaping products, especially those on the black market.
“It is clear that every time a person ingests one of these products, he risks,” he told Healthline. “These products specifically attract young people, since they can look fun or new and are easy to hide. The public must proceed with caution before ingesting any of these products. ”
The disease related to vaping has caused serious complications and even death. According to the CDC, more than 90 percent of the trusted source of those with symptoms were hospitalized.
Many of the affected people needed supplemental oxygen, and some had to be put on a ventilator to help them breathe.
“These developments are extremely worrying, especially since most of the victims are teenagers or young adults,” said Dr. Wassim Labaki, a pulmonary disease specialist at the University of Michigan.
Electronic cigarettes, battery-powered devices that heat liquids with substances such as nicotine and marijuana, have been around for more than a decade.
But reports of diseases related to vaping began to appear in April and cases increased dramatically from July. Since then, the number of cases has grown steadily.
Patients report experiencing symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath, as well as nausea, fatigue and weight loss. Symptoms may develop for a few days or several weeks.