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AP: Synthetic Drugs Found in CBD Products

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by Dan Larkin.

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that synthetic drugs have been found in CBD products they’ve had tested. The drugs, known as “K2” or “Spice” are forms of synthetic marijuana.

Shockingly, some vape cartridges in Mississippi also tested positive for fentanyl. Fentanyl is a killer. Last year 30,000 died using it.

How did the AP find synthetic drugs in CBD?

The AP investigation began with a request sent to all 50 states. They asked for information about testing of spiked CBD from federal law enforcement as well as crime labs or other law enforcement authorities

“At least 128 samples out of more than 350 tested by government labs in nine states, nearly all in the South, had synthetic marijuana in products marketed as CBD. Gummy bears and other edibles accounted for 36 of the hits, while nearly all others were vape products. “

Associated Press

Next, the AP commissioned laboratory testing of 30 vape products sold as CBD around the country. They focused on brands that authorities or users flagged as suspect. Guess what. Out of those 30, 10 tested positive for types of synthetic marijuana. Some didn’t have CBD in them at all.

Not all CBD vapes & edibles are bad.

So, let’s take a moment here and acknowledge that there are hundreds of CBD brands available nationwide. Obviously, they aren’t all bad. In fact, there are a lot of reputable CBD brands and retailers. They’re being hurt by this type of news and that’s a shame.

What we’re seeing is a boom in business in a market that is not adequately regulated yet. The door is wide open for scurrilous operators to come in and dump dangerous products on unsuspecting consumers. Consumers who are just looking for relief. They want relief from anxiety, insomnia, pain, and aches.

One area that needs addressing is labeling. A lot of CBD products are inaccurately labeled. In fact, a 2017 study found 70% of CBD products were mislabeled. That study tested 84 products from 31 companies.

Why isn’t the FDA doing more?

It’s true that the FDA is responsible for regulating the sale of CBD. But if CBD products contain synthetic drugs or narcotics, then the investigation falls to the DEA.

The DEA says it is focused on drugs responsible for killing thousands of Americans like fentanyl and methamphetamines.

“These are going to be bigger priorities on enforcement.” DEA spokeswoman Mary Brandenberger said.

Mary Brandenberger- DEA spokeswoman Source: Associated Press


It can’t be emphasized enough. Do not buy your CBD or cannabis-related products on the street. The black market is illegal, unsafe, and potentially deadly. Know your products. That starts with buying from only reputable, licensed dispensaries and retailers.

You need to ask questions, Ask to see the CoA (Certificate of Analysis) for every product you buy. Look for proper labeling. Is there a QR code? Use it. Compare the labeling to what you see from a brand’s website. Does it match? If not, walk away.

Read more from CannabisIRL about CBD and vaping here.

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