HOUSTON (AP) — Products promoting the cannabis extract CBD are sold all over Texas, but they don’t always contain what they promise.
James Miller at the Houston Forensic Science Center says people are using CBD to sell illegal drugs. Last year alone his lab found dangerous synthetic marijuana in about two dozen CBD vape samples.
The Associated Press gathered the results for an investigation into how some operators are capitalizing on the CBD boom by substituting the cheap street drug for real CBD.
That practice has sent dozens of people nationwide to emergency rooms. Unlike CBD, synthetic marijuana gives an intense high.
In all, lab testing shows spiked vapes or edible products marketed as CBD in at least 13 states.
Industry representatives acknowledge spiking is an issue, but say many companies are reputable.