LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) – An Associated Press investigation shows a dark side to booming sales of the cannabis extract CBD. Some people are substituting cheap and dangerous street drugs for the real thing.
For the investigation, a reporter purchased five vape products that were described as delivering CBD at a store near Columbia. Lab testing showed three contained synthetic marijuana.
The practice of spiking CBD vapes with synthetic marijuana has sent dozens of people nationwide to emergency rooms. Unlike real CBD, the street drug gives an intense high.
In all, lab testing shows spiked vapes or edible products marketed as CBD in at least 13 states. Some of the brands are available online.
Industry representatives acknowledge spiking is an issue, but say many companies are reputable.
When high schoolers around Savannah started passing out after puffing vapes last year, authorities focused on several products marketed as delivering the cannabis extract CBD.
Authorities arrested a tobacco store owner and two employees, but believe the vapes were made out of state.