Article by CBC News
Cannabis vape pens can be found in several dispensaries across Vancouver. But after October 17, cannabis concentrates and vape pens will not be allowed.
Vape pens allow cannabis users to ingest concentrated extracts from the cannabis plant.
Cannabis concentrates usually consist of THC extract, or the less psychoactive component, CBD. They are sold in either liquid form or a waxy substance.
Vape pens are portable battery-powered devices.They are easy to use, do not produce any smoke and emit little odour.
“There’s also this perception that these vape pens for cannabis give a cleaner high because you aren’t inhaling burnt plant matter like you would if you were smoking a joint,” On the Coast‘s Greenlit columnist Rohit Joseph told host Gloria Macarenko.
But the government has not yet found a way to regulate these products.
Health Canada says more evidence is needed of the risks and harms of vape pens and cannabis concentrates.
The government is concerned about high potency, and the chemicals and solvents that are used to extract the concentrated form of cannabis.