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This may instantly mark me as a hopelessly out-of-it person, but it’s something I didn’t know. From YaleNews: (yeah, yeah, I know, I know)
E-cigarettes not only vaporize nicotine, but they work with marijuana as well, American teenagers are discovering.
Yale University researchers surveyed 3,847 Connecticut high school students and found nearly one in five e-cigarette users also have used the device to vaporize cannabis or byproducts like hash oil, according to a study published Sept. 7 in the journal Pediatrics.
E-cigarette use among teenagers has been increasing nationally, and 27.9% of high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the current study. Of those users, 18.7% say they have used e-cigarettes to vaporize marijuana.
It seems obvious, of course, now that I think of it. E-cigs have certain advantages when you’re trying to smoke whatever you’re trying to smoke without attracting a lot of attention:
“The smell of vaping marijuana isn’t as strong as smoking it, plus the similarity in appearance of hash oil and nicotine solutions make this a really inconspicuous way of using marijuana,” Morean said.
Both Morean and Krishnan-Sarin stress the survey does not assess whether the availability of e-cigarettes leads to more marijuana use in youth. However, they note that vaping concentrated liquid forms marijuana can be much more potent than smoking dried marijuana leaves.
My few libertarian instincts kick into high gear here, and I want to shrug and say, C’mon! No big deal! But I wonder about that. There’s evidence, I guess, that marijuana use doesn’t have an impact on harder drug use according to some studies. But as marijuana becomes more and more legal and commonplace — and now, apparently, it’s dead easy to use — there’s got to be an effect, right? And it can’t all be good.