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FDA Warns Against THC (Again)

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a second consumer warning to stop using the THC products causing lipoid pneumonia

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a second consumer warning to stop using the THC products causing lipoid pneumonia. It’s the clearest indication yet that the authorities know the problem isn’t “vaping-related”, and yet the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) remains dragging its feet.

Doctor Konstantinos Farsalinos commented: “The FDA once again warns against THC vaping. I feel proud for supporting the obvious since the start of this epidemic.”

The FDA states: “Over the past several weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been working tirelessly along with the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal, state and local partners to investigate the distressing incidents of severe lung injuries and deaths associated with the use of vaping products. The latest number of reported cases and deaths, released by the CDC yesterday, continues to underscore the need for us to gather critical information and provide consumers with actionable information to help best protect themselves and their loved ones.

This is why today, we’re strengthening our message to the public in an updated consumer alert stating that they should not use vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. Additionally, consumers who choose to use any vaping products should not modify or add any substances such as THC or other oils to products purchased in stores and should not purchase any vaping products, including those containing THC, off the street or from other illicit channels.”

The FDA is sticking to its line that it hasn’t ruled out another aspect of vaping, because doing so would make it and all of the other bodies look more than a bit stupid for the initial comments about electronic cigarettes.

“THC is present in most of the samples being tested. Because of this, the agency believes it is prudent to stop using vaping products that contain THC or that have had any substances added to them, including those purchased from retail establishments. Simply put, inhaling harmful contaminants in the lungs could put a patient’s health at risk and should be avoided.”

“Most of the patients impacted by these illnesses reported using THC-containing products, suggesting THC products are playing a role in the these illnesses. That said, some patients have reported using both THC products and nicotine products, as well as a smaller number reporting using only nicotine products.”

Given the substantial number of people who now admit to vaping THC, it would be reasonable to suspect those claiming they were just vaping could be being a little economical with the truth for fear of rebuke or damaging a future court action.

The FDA has obtained 440 samples of liquid for analysis from 18 states. The testing continues.

“As this complex investigation continues, we urge consumers to take heed of our warning and stop using THC vaping products, and to not use vaping products of any kind that are purchased off the street or from unknown sources. And we remain steadfast in our commitment to work with our federal, state and local partners to identify the cause or causes of these illnesses.”


  • FDA Statement – [link]
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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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