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‘Cannabis’ vapes - do you know what you’re vaping?

Some people vape cannabis because they don’t want to smoke. But vaping an oil or other liquid that you think is cannabis is risky, and there have been several reports recently of people being hospitalised after doing so.

However you take it, THC (the part of the cannabis plant that makes people feel ‘high’) can cause you problems, including with your mental health. And like swallowing cannabis edibles, vaping ‘cannabis’ can make the effects more unpredictable. That’s because it may be stronger than expected, or it may contain something much more harmful than THC like synthetic cannabinoids. The effects can be unpleasant or even dangerous, especially when people have a few puffs quickly before they know how strong it is, or what effect it’s having on them.

If you've vaped cannabis and start to feel unwell, take time out to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it. If the problem doesn't improve or is getting worse, you should seek medical help. 

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