According to reports, marijuana smokers are now using electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to get high.
Local reports from East Coast, New York, Florida and Philadelphia, show that there is a growing trend of using e-cigarettes to vaporize marijuana. These reports raises concerns of parents, law enforcement agents and law makers who think that the misuse of e-cigarettes can lead to non-detection of marijuana high among users. Both e-cigarettes and marijuana are legal in some states while some are not, making law enforcement more challenging.
While there are law restriction problems, marijuana users see the same benefits of using e-cigarettes, which produces vapour of liquid nicotine. [quote]Instead of using liquid nicotine, marijuana users may use cannabis oil, in liquid or in wax form[/quote] Instead of using liquid nicotine, marijuana users may use cannabis oil, in liquid or in wax form. They can inhale the marijuana vapour sans the disadvantage of the carcinogenic smoke.
Some marijuana users even make instructional videos on how to use e-cigarettes to vaporize cannabis. They upload the instructional videos online which makes it more accessible to fellow marijuana users and additional concerns from anti-marijuana groups.
Marketing of e-cigarettes is a booming industry in the United States. E-cigarettes are devices powered by lithium batteries, designed to replace the traditional cigarettes and tobaccos. According to Bonnie Herzog, the senior tobacco industry analyst of Wells Fargo Securities, the retail sales of e-cigarettes in US last year jumped from $300 million to $1.8 billion before the end of 2013.
While there are cities and states regulating the use of e-cigarettes, like banning of sales to minors and “vaping” in public places, the federal government still needs to address the regulations regarding the device. Vaping is the widely used term when using e-cigarettes, since there is no smoke but vapour. This sets the belief of many who thinks that e-cigarettes are healthier and safer than the regular cigarettes.
However, without the proper regulation from the federal government, specifically the US Food and Drug Administration, there is no way consumers can discover the safety of these products, or what they may contain – nicotine or marijuana.