Liquid for electronic cigarette with THC: why it is illegal and what risks it involves using it

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Modified on: 19/05/2023

THC vape liquids? They are illegal!

In other deepenings we talked extensively about e liquid UK, their advantages, how it is  possible to use it and much more.

In this study we are going to talk about THC-based products. Actually, we will illustrate the risks and the reasons why they are generally considered illegal in many countries and how this prohibition extends to THC e-liquids too.

Inside cannabis, we have two metabolites. These are completely different substances and just one of them is considered legal. This is not random.

THC: a psychoactive element

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THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a metabolite of cannabis and it causes the narcotic effect of the plant.

It is a substance that affects the space-time perception, increases the heartbeat slightly and intervenes directly in the perceptual process of external objects.

It is an absolutely illegal substance and it can cause unpleasant reactions in anxious subjects or people with panic attacks, because it seems to worsen the psycho-physical balance.

Furthermore, by altering the psycho-physical processes, THC leads to the almost total inability of the subject to continue his typical daily routine.

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CBD: the increasingly popular metabolite

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a metabolite of cannabis that has been studied during decades by the best and leading medical research centers in the world.

In fact, it is  a substance that interacts with the endo-cannabinoid system, that is a system in our body that naturally produces and consumes cannabinoids, molecules similar to those present in the cannabis plant which, therefore, are defined as phyto- cannabinoids.

The interactions of CBD happen mainly at the neuronal level, and seem to be able to protect the central nervous system and the peripheral system. Today we will talk a lot about CBD because some studies seem to confirm some very interesting properties of it.

CBD and scientific studies

The most seriously proven scientific evidence (according to Harvard Health Publishing) is its efficacy in treating some of the cruellest childhood epileptic syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiepileptic drugs.

In numerous studies, CBD has been able to reduce the number of epilepsy attacks, and in some cases it has been able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and videos of their convulsions are available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite astonishing. Recently FDA approved the first cannabis-derived drug for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.

As confirmed by Harvard Health Publishing, CBD is commonly used to deal with anxiety, and for patients suffering from insomnia, because studies suggest that CBD can help both fall asleep and stay asleep.

CBD can offer an option for the treatment of different types of chronic pain. A study of the European Journal of Pain, using an animal model, showed that CBD could help reduce pain and inflammation due to arthritis if applied to the skin.

Another study has demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. Further studies on the human body in this area are needed to corroborate the affirmations of CBD supporters on pain control.

THC E Liquid UK: an illegal substance

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Let’s start saying that THC e liquid is absolutely illegal in many different countries, because this substance is considered as a drug.

Although classified as a soft drug, for example being found driving, after taking THC, is a criminal offense and can lead to serious consequences.

There are lots of people who decide to not follow the law and proceed with the illegal creation of THC liquids for electronic cigarettes. In these cases it is more than appropriate to show the risks of manually interacting with an illegal substance.

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THC e cig liquid: the risks

The risks associated with the artisan creation of THC e cigarette liquid are numerous and come only in part from the difficulty of the process of converting a solid substance (such as inflorescences of illegal cannabis) into a substance suitable to be used for the electronic cigarette.

The greatest risks, in fact, derive from the inflorescences of illegal cannabis. These can only be purchased on the underground market and, consequently, there is no guarantee of their authenticity and quality.

There have been a lot of cases of seizures of marijuana loads following which it was discovered that the inflorescences had been cut with heavy metals (mostly lead) and treated with industrial resins or fibreglass to improve their appearance.

Obviously, similar substances are extremely harmful to health. Lead is an extremely toxic metal and can lead to death, while the damages that fibreglass can cause to the lungs are just awful.

Last but not least, working with inflorescences treated in this way to obtain vaping liquids does not at all cause the purification of the final product. Such substances can harm not only the health of the consumer, but also the electronic cigarette itself.

Of course, we are not calculating the risks of being caught in possession of illegal cannabis inflorescences: absolutely to be avoided, under penalty of arrest.