What happens to your body if you drink vape juice?

Might as well start with the basics: don't drink vape juice

Nothing that you're about to read will change the fact that drinking vape juice will cement your place as the weird (and unhealthy) dude who drinks vape juice. That sort of social branding doesn't go away. Fifty years from now, your friends will be laying in their futuristic hospital rooms, filling their hover bedpans, and thinking about that freak who used to drink vape juice. That freak will be you. Just don't do it.

With that out of the way, there are also myriad medical reasons for why you shouldn't guzzle down 30 milliliters of uncut Unicorn Crotchsweat. Very few of them are as dramatic as, say, the effects of drinking Drano or gasoline, and the nascent state of the electronic cigarette industry makes it difficult to put your finger on any kind of universal result of going down-in-one on the Juul pod of your choice. Still, they don't sound pleasant ... and again, don't drink vape juice.

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No discussion of the potential side effects of drinking vape juice would be complete without mention of the fact that nicotine is, in fact, a poison. The nicotine extracted from tobacco plants has been used as an insecticide since the 17th century, which might explain why bugs just keep coming back to our gardens year after year. They got hooked young, just like you did. That said, the actual amount of nicotine that would kill you, if consumed orally, is a matter of some debate. 60 milligrams is the figure that the CDC cites, though as KPBS points out, the actual number may be around ten times higher than that.

Still, gulping vape juice hasn't ended well, historically, and the American Association of Poison Control Centers states that thousands of cases of e-juice related hospitalizations are reported every year. In general, the effects seem to be gnarly, but not horrific: abdominal pain, and a whole lot of puking, are usually on the menu. The biggest concern, however, comes when you factor kids into the equation. Their slighter body mass means that it's easier for them to overdose on brightly-colored bottles of mommy's get-through-the-day juice. If you suspect that your child has ingested vape juice, by all means, play it safe and contact poison control at 1(800) 222-1222.