Orange County officials say they’re discovering increasing numbers of middle and high school students using a new device to get high during class, reports CBS2/KCAL9. Electronic cigarettes can be used to deliver oil derived from THC (the main mind-altering ingredient found in the Cannabis plant) into the user’s system.
Electronic cigarettes, introduced to the US in 2007 as a supposedly healthy alternative to tobacco use, delivers liquified nicotine via a small device that can look like a regular cigarette. As these devices are not regulated by the FDA, they are easily obtained by young people online or in the many “vape” stores appearing around California — and Ventura County.
The liquid nitrogen in these e-cigarettes can be replaced with marijuana oil, or THC, to achieve a potent high, according to Deputy Clay Cranford, a South Orange County school resource officer. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.
When replaced with THC oil, the high allegedly can be 10 times more powerful than smoking home-grown marijuana.
Cranford says students are doing this “under the noses of teachers and parents because there is no smell…It heats up, vaporizes the fluid and you inhale it from this end.”
Watch the CBS Los Angeles video:
There is increasing evidence that e-cigarettes, when used properly, are not as safe as they are touted as being. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and some health experts are concerned that the side effects of inhaling pure nicotine have yet to be adequately studied, and are therefore unknown. The FDA is also concerned about quality control, asserting that some manufacturers may not adequately disclose all the chemical ingredients in their e-cigarettes, and that the amount of nicotine listed on a cartridge label may not match the actual amount in the cartridge.
Since 2011, there has been marked increase in e-cigarette use in middle and high schoolers in the US. The increasing acceptability of using this devices are also increasing the dangers.
- More Young Students Using Electronic Cigarettes, Marijuana Oil To Get High During Class – CBS Los Angeles
- Tobacco Programs – Ventura County Public Health
- 10 Little-known Facts About E-cigarettes – Discovery Health
- Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students, United States, 2011–2012 – CDC
- Electronic Cigarettes – Boon, Bane, Blessing, or Boondoggle? – American Cancer Society
- E-cigarettes packed with marijuana oil set to boom in Colorado – NY Daily News
- 10 Things E-Cigarettes Won’t Tell You – MarketWatch