FDA Warns Against Use of Vaping Products Containing THC


As of the end of October, the number of people who developed a mysterious lung disease linked to vaping was nearing the 1,500 mark, with at least 33 deaths since the outbreak began.

As of the end of October, the number of people who developed a mysterious lung disease linked to vaping was nearing the 1,500 mark, with at least 33 deaths since the outbreak began.

While many tout the benefits of vaping over smoking cigarettes, there are still many unanswered questions about its safety. And, those who are vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, may be even more likely to be putting their health at risk.

The Food and Drug Administration, in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health officials have been investigating the cause of these deadly vaping-related illnesses and there seems to be one common denominator – THC.

As a result, the FDA put out a warning to the public to stop using vaping products that contain THC, as well as any vaping products obtained off the street. In addition, the FDA issued additional recommendations including:

  • Do not modify or add substances, such as THC or other oils, to vaping products, including those purchased through retail establishments.
  • Because no vaping product has been approved by the FDA for therapeutic uses or authorized for marketing by the FDA, you should contact your healthcare provider for more information about the use of THC to treat medical conditions.
  • Youth or pregnant women should not be using any vaping product, regardless of what they contain. Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using these products.
  • If you choose to use these products, monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health.

Other than one prescription drug product that is used to treat rare forms of epilepsy, the FDA has not approved any other CBD products. Despite this, some companies have marketed their CBD products using misleading and even false claims.

As we previously wrote the FDA and Federal Trade Commission issued joint warning letters to several companies making unsubstantiated claims about their products. In late October, another warning letter was sent to Rooted Apothecary, a Naples, Florida-based CBD company, for unlawfully asserting that their cannabidiol products could treat symptoms of conditions such as ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, ear aches, and autism.

“Cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds are subject to the same laws and requirements as FDA-regulated products that contain any other substances, the FDA’s Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a press release.

The FDA has created a fact sheet designed to answer consumer questions about CBD.

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