Vaping and THC in schools: a one-two knockout punch
November 21, 20232 min read
Vaping in schools is causing challenges for school administrators and public health officials. And recently, it has been discovered that students are using e-liquids that contain a substance called synthetic THC.
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, as it is known by its scientific name, is the mind-altering substance found in cannabis or marijuana. THC has the ability to induce feelings of euphoria, hallucinations, delusions, and drowsiness by reacting with the receptors in the brain.
Synthetic THC is now on the radar of medical professionals worldwide following reported cases of its harmful effects. Two Georgia high school students were found unresponsive in school bathrooms after vaping.
What is THC? How is it made? What are its effects?
Liquid THC is a tincture, or liquid extract, which is made by soaking marijuana leaves in different types of alcohol or oil, vinegar, or glycerin, using one of three methods:
The room-temperature method
The cold-brew method
The hot method
Synthetic THC, on the other hand, is man-made. It can mimic most of the effects of marijuana and liquid THC. Although it is often marketed as safer than marijuana, the effects of synthetic THC are far more unpredictable and more dangerous, even life-threatening
In its liquid state, synthetic THC is very potent, and turned into vapor its effects can occur rapidly. Highly addictive on its own, vape manufacturers are even combining it with nicotine in their e-liquids. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, teenagers are risking their lives for the temporary feeling of euphoria they may get on a hit. Adult brains are already susceptible to the addictive properties of nicotine and liquid THC.
The legal age to buy Kronic Juice and synthetic vaping liquids is 18 years and over. Unfortunately, many young people are accessing and using these products. With this knowledge, school and health officials continue to work arduously to combat this issue before more young people fall prey to THC.