KANSAS CITY, MO – Eight medical marijuana dispensaries in Missouri, including three in the Kansas City area, will begin selling vape pens and cartridges on Friday. Customers have been asking for them for a while, even though they have different opinions about how safe they are.
The potential dangers of vaping nicotine and black market THC have already been investigated. The CDC has not updated any reports of lung injuries related to vaping products since the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, as of February 2020, 2,800 popcorn lung cases and 68 hospital deaths were reported.
When it comes to vaping medical marijuana there are benefits, but for some, the jury still isn’t there.
Mike Busby uses medical marijuana to treat pain and anxiety.
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“I tried all of the flowers, the food and the drinks,” he said and picked up the product on Thursday.
But since pharmacies opened late last year, he’s been asking about vape pens and cartridges, which many think are more convenient and faster.
“This is our number 1 by far,” said John Mueller, CEO of Greenlight.
On Thursday evening, medical marijuana vape pens were delivered to Greenlight pharmacies in Kansas City, Independence, and Harrisonville. It’s the first time it’s available in this state as it took time for cultivators to extract the cladding material into a distillate form that could be vaporized.
“It’s an exciting day for the industry,” said Müller and opened the first box.
The founder of Green Health Docs, which certifies medical marijuana users in 15 states, says he receives constant questions from patients about vaping. Around 40 percent mainly evaporate in the end.
“We don’t really know the long-term side effects of vaping,” said Dr. Anand Dugar.
According to Dugar, the biggest problems with vaping and its possible effects on your lungs stem from preservatives in black market products.
“I think the difference to medical marijuana is that we were tested on 52 products where something that was made in a basement and ended up in one of those vape shops wasn’t tested against this strict regulation,” said Müller .
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According to Dugar, vaping is an alternative to lighting up and will be especially popular with those with anxiety in Missouri. He believes it is safe based on its previous use, but offers that advice.
“We’re at the point now, there are so many different ways to take it. I think everyone should use their judgment and decide what is best for them because if a doctor tells you it is 100% sure he is lying, there is no way they can know, ”said Dugar.
Greenlight starts selling vape products in its pharmacies on Friday at 10am. The offer will initially be limited. Other pharmacies with contracts with various cultivators say that they are working to meet the great demand from customers for the products as soon as possible.
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