Thailand Stories First Case of Vapor-Induced Lung Illness – firebird-cbdoil
A leading respiratory physician in Thailand announced on Saturday the first official case of steam-related lung disease in Thailand.
In a social media post, Manoon Leechawengwongs, a physician and specialist in intensive care at the Vichaiyut Hospital in Bangkok, described the case of a 48-year-old lung cancer patient with pneumonia and respiratory arrest. Manoon diagnosed the man EVALI (electronic cigarette or vaping product) after learning that he had recently used a THC vape pen. EVALI is also referred to as vaping-associated lung injury or VAPI.
This March, the patient began using ceritinib, a traditional lung cancer medication, and his condition improved rapidly. But in August, the man began to reduce his dose after receiving oral advice that taking too much of this medicine could damage his health. The patient then ordered a US cannabis vape pen, hoping to find a natural cure for his illness.
Starting in November, the man began to evaporate CBD and THC extracts twice a day and also took cannabis oil sublingually. Within two weeks, the patient began to feel increasingly tired, and on November 15, he was hospitalized with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – symptoms commonly associated with EVALI. Three days after admission, the condition of the man deteriorated and he was sent to the intensive care unit for artificial respiration.
X-rays showed that the man was suffering from pneumonia. "The blemishes in the lungs indicated that the pneumonia was not caused by an infection and the cancer did not spread," according to Manoon Coconuts Bangkok. The patient was given steroids to treat his condition and began to improve slowly.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Thailand for almost a year, and the country's health department this summer began delivering bottles of CBD oil with full extract to hospital patients. The country only allows the delivery of medical cannabis in the form of crude oils, but Thai researchers are already working hard to develop their own weeds with unique mixtures of THC and CBD.
The description of the case by Manoon provided no indication as to whether the patient was also importing cannabis vape cart from the US or vaporizing native weed extracts. It is also uncertain whether the man bought his vape pen on the black market or purchased a regulated product from a state where weeds are legal. Considering that US states prohibit local weed companies from shipping their products outside the state (and especially outside the country), it is more likely that the vape was purchased on the black market.
Many EVALI cases reported in the US have been associated with THC vapes on the black market. Health officials currently believe that the disease could be caused by vitamin E acetate, an additive that is generally used only in illegal vapors. However, other researchers have suggested that contamination with heavy metals or pesticides could be responsible for this dangerous disease.