Recent tests of CBD products find that a significant amount does not contain CBD and a third is filled with synthetic marijuana.
In a recent investigation conducted by the Associated Press, it was discovered that some operators have been substituting cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana for authentic CBD vapes and edibles, CNBC reports.
30 samples of vape products were tested by the Associated Press to measure how much of the compound was present.
They also wanted to determine if they contained any synthetic marijuana. The investigation found that a third contained synthetic marijuana such as K2 or spice, while some had no CBD at all.
Even though this practice has sent dozens to the emergency room, those guilty of lacing the CBD items have done so without consequence.
In recent weeks, vaping has been making headlines as hundreds of users have developed mysterious lung illnesses, and some have even died.
“People have started to see the market grow and there are some fly-by-night companies trying to make a quick buck,” said Marielle Weintraub, president of the U.S. Hemp Authority, an industry group that certifies CBD cosmetics and dietary supplements.
The AP’s results were similar to what authorities have also found. In at least 128 samples out of more than 350 tested by government labs in nine states, nearly all in the south were positive for synthetic marijuana. Mississippi authorities also found fentanyl, an opioid that has been linked to 30,000 overdose deaths in 2018, reports CNBC.
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