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'E-Joints' Pose Health Risks: Drug Experts

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 03:12 PM

Addiction specialists are warning a new high via electronic cigarettes with no smoke or smell may be far too convenient, especially for teenagers, The New York Times reports. 
 
Such devices, like the new JuJu Joint, herald a union that seems all but inevitable: Marijuana and the e-cigarette — coming together in an e-joint.
 
For years, people have been using portable vaporizers for weed. But the JuJu Joint is disposable, requires no charging of batteries or loading of cartridges, and comes filled with 150 hits. There is no smoke and no smell.
 
It was introduced last April, 75,000 JuJu Joints have been sold in Washington State, where marijuana is recreationally and medically legal.
 
The device’s maker says that 500,000 will be sold this year and that there are plans to expand to Colorado and Oregon, where recreational use is legal, and to Nevada, where it is decriminalized.
Many addiction researchers fear that e-cigarettes open the door to new public health risks, especially in teenagers.
 
“In some ways, e-joints are a perfect storm of a problematic delivery system, the e-cigarette, and in addition a problematic substance, cannabis oil,” said Petros Levounis, M.D., chairman of the psychiatry department at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

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