Again, we will not be regularly chiming in on this issue (nicotine vaping), but as harms from vaping of all kinds are in the news, we feel that their relationship makes it important to understand how they're both different and similar. So here we basically separate out nicotine from vaping per se, because it's highly addictive, doesn't have health benefits and has many known negative medical effects.

Cannabis by contrast has hundreds of known and potential health benefits, is weakly addictive at most in comparison to nicotine, opioids, and alcohol, and is not known to cause serious disease on its own.

However, the article also points out that liquid vaping in general might have deleterious health effects based on the fluid medium and equipment used to deliver it (entirely apart from the recent VAPI health crisis) in both liquid cannabis and nicotine vaping systems. This concerns us, and we recommend vaping natural, unprocessed dry flower cannabis over liquid cartridge vaping systems, at least until more is known about the potential short and long-term risks of cartridge systems.

(Unfortunately aspects of the 3001 law make dry herb vaping much more difficult than it ought to be.)

On the regulatory front, we understand how companies marketing nicotine vaping to youth (and those making it available) can be seen as dangerous and predatory and we have little sympathy for them.

Please note, however, that we still support access to nicotine vaping for adults addicted to cigarettes as a tool for quitting smoking, which is associated with thousands of health risks, but personally feel the goal should be part of program to quit using nicotine altogether over time, rather than being seen as an acceptable, safe, long-term cigarette replacement. Because there's no reason to regard it as safe in the long term.

For all the reasons covered in this recommended article from Yale University.


Nicotine Addiction From Vaping Is a Bigger Problem Than Teens Realize

More teenagers are vaping, putting themselves at risk of becoming addicted to nicotine, a drug that can negatively affect an adolescent's growing brain.