Two months after cannabis oils were legalized in Canada and following several months of health concerns when it comes to vaping, you’ll soon be able to purchase some new products. New cannabis vaping products will be available in Canada but the health effects of them haven’t even been tested.
On December 17, cannabis vapes and other new products like edibles and extracts will be sold legally in Canada either online or in-store after they were legalized back in October.
However, Health Canada hasn’t actually tested the health effects associated with using cannabis vaping products.
According to the CBC, even though the government agency has tested the ingredients in cannabis vaping liquids, tests haven’t been done yet on the vapours that come out of the vape when you use it.
"No legal products are on the market as of today. So, there has been no analysis done," Eric Morrissette, a spokesperson for Health Canada, said to the CBC before products start being sold.
With news of this reaching Twitter, people were not too pleased by the lack of testing and analysis of new vaping products.
One person asked, "Do we wait for deaths to occur first?"
"Doesn’t shock me," another said.
@CBCHealth @CBCAlerts How and why the heck is this happening? Do we wait for deaths to occur first?— vashby (@vashby) 1576332695
Extremely irresponsible on Health Canada’s part. https://t.co/imBck66qlB— Brian Gorman (@Brian Gorman) 1576340561
@CBCHealth @CBCAlerts Health Canada needs to be totally revamped. When they stopped doing their own testing and rel… https://t.co/tqAwu85kjF— Littleme (@Littleme) 1576335233
Though one person is trying to see the silver lining in all of this.
@picardonhealth @adamsmiller @CBCHealth Rather not so safe but regulated than illegal, unknown & blackmarket.— Nancy Bepple (@Nancy Bepple) 1576335358
Health Canada first issued a warning about vaping products back in September after hundreds of possible illnesses related to vaping were reported in the U.S.
Officials in the U.S. found that the possible culprit of vaping illness could be vitamin E acetate which is sometimes added to cannabis vaping products and other vaping products too.
However, added vitamins or minerals like vitamin E acetate, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine or added sugars, sweeteners or colours aren't allowed in cannabis oil products in Canada.
While these kinds of products will soon be hitting shelves in Canada, not every province is on board with vaping. Newfoundland & Labrador won't allow cannabis vaping products to be sold there for now.
Nova Scotia will also ban flavoured e-cigarettes and juices in the province as of April 1, 2020.
Despite no tests being done, you can still start legally purchasing cannabis vaping items in Canada online and in-store in provinces where they’re still allowed to be sold on December 17.
According to the government, a greater variety of legal cannabis products will start to become available to Canadians in 2020.