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The only cannabis news that seems to make it into the mainstream tends to border on the sensational— Maureen Dowd “overdosing” on edibles ; police departments issuing warnings about the “threat” of cannabis-infused Halloween treats . Enthusiasts are quick to dismiss this news as mere sensationalism; remnants, perhaps, of the century-long campaign to vilify the drug. But even weed’s biggest advocates admit there are some instances in which consuming cannabis is not the right choice, for reasons involving both health and safety. Yes, weed is largely safe to use in numerous medical and recreational situations. Still, there are some need-to-knows actually worth knowing about that go beyond headline- grabbing clickbait from naysayers. Remembering that whole “vaping disease” thing? Before COVID eclipsed all other health concerns, the media was doing backflips over what was dubbed a vaping crisis —a rash of instances of lung damage in patients who reported using THC-filled cartridges, often from unregulated sources. These products caused lipid pneumonia and lung damage, as oily particles within them were inhaled and stuck to people’s pulmonary tissue and, in many cases, led to their deaths. The condition was dubbed EVALI—e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury. According to the CDC , there have been 68 deaths and almost 3000 hospitalizations due to EVALI, which they attribute the primarily to DIY vapes containing the additive Vitamin E acetate. “Vitamin E acetate is strongly linked to the EVALI outbreak,” notes a CDC report . “[It] has been found in product samples tested by […]