According to a new, detailed report by the Associated Press, a significant number of CBD vaping oils on the market also contain synthetic marijuana, and some contain no CBD at all.
Jay Jenkins tells the AP that he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. “It’ll relax you,” the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn’t relax him, and after two puffs he ended up in a coma.
That’s because what he was vaping didn’t have any CBD. Instead, the oil was spiked with a powerful street drug. Some operators are cashing in on the CBD craze by substituting cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana for natural CBD in vapes and edibles such as gummy bears, an Associated Press investigation has found.
The practice has sent dozens of people like Jenkins to emergency rooms over the last two years. Yet people behind spiked products have operated with impunity, in part because the business has boomed so fast that regulators haven’t caught up while drug enforcement agents have higher priorities.
AP commissioned laboratory testing of the vape oil Jenkins used plus 29 other vape products sold as CBD around the country, with a focus on brands that authorities