You may have already started using CBD, and find it effective for your health condition.
If this is the case, you either did your research beforehand and picked a good product or just got lucky – because a surprising number of CBD products are proving to contain no CBD, or worse – some companies are adding opioids or even synthetic cannabis.
This is because there are some companies out there who are trying to make a profit from the CBD boom by often adding cheap and illegal substances like synthetic cannabis in lieu of CBD to their products. You’re most likely to find this in edibles and vapes.
Testing Proves Toxic
The Associated Press recently took 350 samples of CBD products and tested their purity. What they found was that at least 128 of the 350 samples included synthetic cannabis being advertised as CBD. Over the past couple of years, people who have vaped and eaten edibles containing synthetic cannabis instead of CBD have been sent to the hospital.
Despite this, these companies continue to operate without any sign of consequence. This is primarily due to the fact that the industry is growing so quickly that regulators and drug enforcement agents are struggling to keep up.
While the industry still has many reputable companies (such as Verma Farms), synthetic marijuana is a genuine concern. While some of the products tested were edible gummies, the vast majority fell into the vaping category. CBD is otherwise known as cannabidiol, and it’s one of many chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.
Due to federal regulations in the United States, most CBD products are made from the hemp plant, which doesn’t contain any THC. The FDA has tried to clarify and refine its regulations around when and what CBD can be used for, but unfortunately, this hasn’t done a lot to prevent sales of toxic products.
Jay Jenkins, a freshman of the Citadel in South Carolina, decided to try vaping CBD with a friend. The vape product was bought from a 7/11 convenience store, with the brand being YOLO – otherwise known as You Only Live Once. Minutes after Jenkins had tried it, he began to lose consciousness. In the hospital, he went into a coma. The vape product he had purchased was tested and came back positive for synthetic marijuana. Authorities haven’t been able to identify the company behind YOLO.
The people responsible for the spiked vape products on the market are elusive and difficult to track down. Online, they have little presence, and you cannot find any company packaging on product labels.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers says that purchasing CBD is becoming more and more risky as it’s difficult to ascertain what’s in the product from the label. In fact, the Journal of American Medical Association found that as many as 70% of CBD products are inaccurately labeled.
While the U.S. Hemp Authority group have since developed a certification program for health and skincare products related to CBD, nothing has been done to regulate vape products and edibles. As long as the industry remains unregulated, there is room for mislabelling and the presence of cheap, illegal ingredients in CBD products.