As the Sales of CBD are Booming, so are the Poisonings.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers is a national non-profit organization representing each of the 55 poison control centers in the United States, the more than 1,700 professionals these centers employ, as well as other poison-related organizations. AAPCC’s mission is to actively advance the health care role and public health mission of its members through information, advocacy, education, and research.
There is a growing concern with the quality of some CBD products. For example, some products contain more CBD than what is on the label, more THC than labeled, or other chemical compounds/drug ingredients that are not listed at all. Many consumers have no way of knowing whether the product is contaminated with other chemicals and drugs or labeled correctly. Welcome to an unregulated industry, where the consumer needs to do their own due diligence.
As of September 30, 2019, poison control centers have managed 1,085 cases in 2019 alone related to cannabidiol. As in YIKES!
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Cannabidiol (CBD) Poisonings
Poison control centers have seen an increase across all ages for Cannabidiol (CBD) cases since 2014. Cannabidiol is a compound extracted from hemp or marijuana plants that typically does not get users “high.” CBD is different than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another compound in cannabis plants, that does cause users to get high or have serious side effects. As multiple states across the country legalize CBD, companies are now adding it to food, drinks, bath products, and other household goods.
However, there is growing concern with some of these products. For example, some products contain more CBD than what is on the label, more THC than labeled, or other chemical compounds/drug ingredients that are not listed at all. Consumers have no way of knowing whether the product is contaminated with other chemicals and drugs or labeled correctly. The FDA has issued several warning letters to companies marketing products that allegedly contain CBD. In addition, it is important to note that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies all products containing CBD that are not the FDA-approved Epidiolex as schedule I, the most restrictive category of the Controlled Substances Act.
As of September 30, 2019, poison control centers have managed 1,085 cases in 2019 alone related to cannabidiol. For more information on how poison control center data is collected, please click here.