The Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) announced last week that bottles allegedly filled with CBD oil were being sold to unaware citizens at Wasatch Front smoke shops.
A patient at a local hospital which has been taking Cannabidiol (CBD oil) for seizures has recently suffered an even stronger seizure after consuming the oil which was supposed to give the opposite effect.
After picking up the oil and having it analyzed, the UPCC came to the conclusion that the alleged CBD oil was, in fact, a synthetic spice-like substance, said UPCC Director Barbara Crouch.
This is not the first time fake CBD oil has been reported to the authorities, as 19 cases have been reported so far since the beginning of November.
UPCC says that users that consumed this oil unaware of its fraudulent contents have reported side effects such as an altered mental status, seizures, confusion, loss of consciousness and slurred speech after ingesting the alleged CBD oil.
Crouch said that those side effects are not common for CBD oil, even though the oil is made from hemp plants. Keep in mind that industrial hemp doesn’t have any THC.
The CBD compound of the plant does not have any psychological effects on the user, while THC does.
Ms. Crouch also says that she immediately alerted the authorities after hearing several of these reports, namely the Utah Department of Health, which opened an investigation along with DPS and the Utah State Bureau of Investigations.
Most of the reports came from people that shopped their alleged CBD oil in the smoke shops across the Wasatch Front, Crouch said. Soon after she shopped there herself.
Barbara Crouch said that the oil she bought in the stores at Wasatch Front look like CBD oil, but aren’t.
State and federal investigators are working together in order to determine where the synthetic oil originated from, and how it got into local smoke shops.
In the meantime, Crouch said, the biggest concern is making people “aware of the fact that this is being sold as CBD, but it’s not.”