Health officials in Alabama are warning CBD buyers to pay attention to labels. Synthetic cannabinoids and other contaminants have been found in some CBD products. The officials have acknowledged that they’re not testing what’s being sold in the state.
Dr. Scott Harris stresses the importance of buying from reputable companies, WLOX says. Not all CBD products are what they say they are. Research information about the company, including their ingredients and source of CBD.
Dr. Harris, a state health officer, said, “People need to be careful about what they buy and what they consume, because when you buy a product over the counter that’s not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, you don’t always know what you’re getting. You may not be clear about the quality or about the contents you’re consuming, and, in some cases, that’s been dangerous for people.”
Some CBD products circulating in other states, like Utah as an example, contained harmful synthetic cannabinoids that made more than 50 people quite ill.
Regarding what’s being sold in Alabama, he said, “The problem we (ADPH) have is that people are selling CBD (products), and there’s no way to tell where it comes from and there’s no way to verify for sure what the THC content is.”
Medical marijuana is not legal in Alabama, but they are following the legalization of hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill to allow CBD sales in the state.
Harris said, “As long as people have CBD that’s made from hemp and that has less than .3% THC, then that’s not a violation of federal law.”
For those that have taken a contaminated CBD product in Alabama, the Regional Poison Control Center phone number is 800-222-1222.