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Vaping Candy Flavored Cannabis Seemed So Harmless.

Reports of Behavioral Disorders & Even Psychosis Suggest Otherwise.

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Cannabis Vaping Lawsuit

Targeting Teens Meant Increased Profits at The Risk of Kids’ Lives.

Cannabis vaping is a surging trend in the US affecting more and more teens with scary side effects. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates at least 16.3 million people had a cannabis use disorder in 2021.1 That’s 7x more than reported in 2013,2 with growing ER hospital visits for both medical and mental emergencies in adolescents.3

The surge in concerning side effects in teenagers is being attributed to this perfect storm:

Higher THC concentrations in cannabis vaping products

Marketing of cannabis vaping to teenagers via colorful, fun flavors

The younger, developing brain’s negative reaction to THC

Equals problems that can permanently affect a teen’s future.

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“This isn’t the cannabis of 20, 30 years ago,” said Dr. Deepali Gershan, an addiction psychiatrist in Chicago. Up to 20% of her caseload is patients for whom she suspects cannabis use triggered a psychotic episode.

Why Is Vaping Cannabis So Dangerous?

In 1980, illegal marijuana typically contained around 1.5% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).5 Today, cannabis products contain unregulated amounts of THC. Add that to the power of vaping vs smoking and you have a wildly unpredictable and dangerous high.

What most adults think of as smoking weed is not even comparable to the potent high that kids are getting through vaping.

Vaping cannabis delivers a far more powerful punch than smoking it or eating gummies because THC, the same psychoactive drug in marijuana, is concentrated in vaping oils delivered via heated cartridges.6 In 1995, the average concentration of THC in cannabis was about 4%, but The New York Times printed in June 2023 that current levels are close to 100% THC7 – higher doses are more likely to produce anxiety, agitation, paranoia, and psychosis.8

The reason vaping is the most potent method of ingesting cannabis is because of its (virtually) unregulated THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, content.9 In addition, flavored cannabis is not distasteful to new users, subtly encouraging teens to feel it’s safe when the actual taste may have discouraged use.

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A short list of cannabis

manufacturers targeting teens includes:

Sties

Filamin

DIME

Cookies

Cake

FRYD

Cannabis/ Vaping Issues of Real Concern

In the 12-25 age bracket, NIH has confirmed a connection between large dosage cannabis use and psychotropic conditions including:

  • Cannabis induced psychosis

  • Agitation/AnxietyParanoia

  • Obsessive ideation

  • Depression

  • Social phobia

  • Seeing and hearing things that are not there

  • Suicidal thoughts and attempts increase with the potency of cannabis

The False Sense of Safety Particularly Appeals to Youth – and Even Parents

While our culture is increasingly accepting of marijuana as a “natural” alternative to other means of quelling anxiety, treating insomnia and even pain relief, medical research is clear that there are issues.

Johns Hopkins researchers studied a small group of infrequent cannabis users in 2018 and found that vaping cannabis, instead of smoking it or eating gummies, increased the rate of short-term anxiety, paranoia, memory loss and distraction when THC doses were the same.11

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Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

A Case for Women is working with the prominent national law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein (LCHB) to educate families about the potentially devastating effects of vaping cannabis.

We are proud to work alongside LCHB as they are leaders in the battle against vaping manufacturers who put our kids at risk. In 2023 the law firm announced a historic $235 million settlement with Altria in an important JUUL e-cigarette youth nicotine vaping litigation alleging predatory advertising, fraud, addiction and injury.

A Case for Women

Over the last eight years, A Case for Women has helped tens of thousands join civil lawsuits against institutions that created unsafe products or harbored sexual predators, resulting in systemic change as well as compensation for the injured. This includes our advocacy in game-changing lawsuits such as: The Essure lawsuit that pushed Bayer to compensate injured women and take the birth control off the market; the Talc lawsuit that has pushed Johnson & Jonson to remove asbestos-laden talc form its baby powder and the MSU lawsuit that compensated survivors or Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse and changed how MSU monitors its coaches and doctors.

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Sources

  1. NIDA. (2023). What is the scope of cannabis (marijuana) use in the United States.
  2. Sharma, P., Mathews, D. B., Nguyen, Q. A., Rossmann, G. L., A Patten, C., & Hammond, C. J. (2023). Old Dog, New Tricks: A Review of Identifying and Addressing Youth Cannabis Vaping in the Pediatric Clinical Setting. Clinical medicine insights. Pediatrics, 17, 11795565231162297.
  3. CDC. (2023). Cannabis-involved emergency department visits among persons aged <25 years before and during the COVID-19 pandemic — United States, 2019–2022.
  4. Wernau, J. (2024). More teens who use marijuana are suffering psychosis. The Wall Street Journal.
  5. ElSohly, M. A., Ross, S. A., Mehmedic, Z., Arafat, R., Yi, B., & Banahan, B. F., 3rd (2000). Potency trends of delta9-THC and other cannabinoids in confiscated marijuana from 1980-1997. Journal of forensic sciences45(1), 24–30.
  6. PRSC Cannabis Concentration Workgroup (2020). Cannabis Concentration and Health Risks: A Report for the Washington State Prevention Research Subcommittee (PRSC). Seattle, WA: University of Washington.
  7. Canon, C. (2023). Psychosis, addiction, chronic vomiting: as weed becomes more potent, teens are getting sick. The New York Times.
  8. HHS. (2019). U.S. Surgeon General’s advisory: marijuana use and the developing brain. l
  9. Canon, C. (2023). Psychosis, addiction, chronic vomiting: as weed becomes more potent, teens are getting sick. The New York Times.
  10. NIDA. (2021). What are marijuana’s effects.
  11. Johns Hopkins. (2018). “Vaping cannabis produces stronger effects than smoking cannabis for infrequent users.