Cannabis Acetate Could Transport Toxic Gases to Lungs

Cannabis Acetate Could Transport Toxic Gases to Lungs
New study suggests that THC acetate may deliver toxic gases to the lungs, posing a health risk to users.

A new study suggests that cannabis acetate may transport toxic gases into your lungs.

Researchers from Portland State University have discovered evidence suggesting that cannabinoid acetate can form a deadly gas that can harm your lungs. When cannabinoid acetate is heated under vaporization, it releases a toxic gas called ethyl ketone. In 2019, researchers found that ethyl ketone was dangerous and could be a source of the lung injury outbreak caused by e-cigarettes in 2020, which led to thousands of hospitalizations.

The study provides results based on a single puff, which showed levels of acetylketone that are known to be harmful to the user's health. The researchers also mentioned that individuals who use these electronic cigarette products may inhale more than just one puff.

Jim Brawner, a community educator at CoxHealth Branson, explained why prolonged exposure to these products can cause concerns for users.

As more and more studies like this emerge, take note," Braunner said. "If you haven't started vaping yet, don't. Currently, there are six toxic metals that can be stripped as heating elements inhaled into the lungs, causing significant damage. Once they enter the lungs, you can't get rid of them.

Health leaders also stated that it is nearly impossible to trace the presence of vinyl ketone in the human body, making it crucial to continue investigating cases of exposure to this deadly gas.


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