Research suggests that vaping THC oil, especially oil that contains vitamin E acetate, can be particularly harmful to the lungs. Vitamin E acetate, which is regularly added to THC when prepared for use in e-cigarettes and vaping devices, is particularly harmful when inhaled. Smoking involves burning the dried plant, while vaporizing thc oil involves vaporizing an extract of the plant and inhaling the vapor. The authors of this study suggest that the negative impacts of this method of ingesting THC are largely due to improved oil supply.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a visual dictionary useful for identifying both vaping devices and THC oils. Until recently, smoking was the preferred method of consumption overall, but vaping THC oil is on the rise, especially among teens, according to the National Institute on Adolescent Drug Abuse. Currently, the CDC recommends that people avoid using e-cigarettes and vaping products, especially those that contain THC oil. This doesn't mean that vaping nicotine is safe, but vaping THC oil is thought to create a greater amount of lung damage.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that first-time and infrequent marijuana users were more likely to experience adverse reactions from vaping THC oil. If you regularly vape THC oil, you can develop tolerance, potentially through the way cannabis creates neuroadaptive changes in the brain. The appearance of THC oil vaping devices can vary, from having a pen-like shape to being rectangular or oval.