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Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze

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Pierce Prozy prepares a CBD vape oil test sample at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 19, 2019. The Associated Press commissio...
A Green Machine brand CBD vape pod is weighed during testing at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 18, 2019. As part of an inve...
Pierce Prozy uses a centrifuge for CBD vape oil test samples at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 18, 2019. The Associated Pre...
This Wednesday, July 17, 2019, photo shows a Magic Puff electronic cigarette and its packaging in Los Angeles. The product is labeled as a disposable ...
This Wednesday, July 17, 2019, photo shows a Green Machine "Jungle Juice" flavored CBD vape pod and its packaging in Los Angeles. As part of an invest...
Pierce Prozy examines a Yolo! brand CBD vape oil cartridge at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 19, 2019. The Associated Press...
Katarina Maloney is pictured in her company’s offices in Carlsbad, Calif., on Aug. 27, 2019. Maloney is the CEO of Mathco Health Corporation, which se...
A researcher holds a Yolo! brand CBD vape oil cartridge and its packaging at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 17, 2019.  Auth...

This May 2018, photo provided by Joseph Jenkins shows his son, Jay, in the emergency room of the Lexington Medical Center in Lexington, S.C. Jay Jenki...

Jay Jenkins holds a Yolo! brand CBD oil vape cartridge alongside a vape pen at a park in Ninety Six, S.C., on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Jenkins says two...

A Yolo! brand CBD oil vape cartridge sits alongside a vape pen on a biohazard bag on a table at a park in Ninety Six, S.C., on Wednesday, May 8, 2019....

Researchers work at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 18, 2019. The Associated Press commissioned the lab to test vape product...

A Yolo! brand CBD vape oil cartridge is examined at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 17, 2019. The Associated Press commissio...

Pierce Prozy prepares a CBD vape oil test sample at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 19, 2019. The Associated Press commissio...

A Green Machine brand CBD vape pod is weighed during testing at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 18, 2019. As part of an inve...

Pierce Prozy uses a centrifuge for CBD vape oil test samples at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 18, 2019. The Associated Pre...

This Wednesday, July 17, 2019, photo shows a Magic Puff electronic cigarette and its packaging in Los Angeles. The product is labeled as a disposable ...

This Wednesday, July 17, 2019, photo shows a Green Machine "Jungle Juice" flavored CBD vape pod and its packaging in Los Angeles. As part of an invest...

Pierce Prozy examines a Yolo! brand CBD vape oil cartridge at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 19, 2019. The Associated Press...

Katarina Maloney is pictured in her company’s offices in Carlsbad, Calif., on Aug. 27, 2019. Maloney is the CEO of Mathco Health Corporation, which se...

A researcher holds a Yolo! brand CBD vape oil cartridge and its packaging at Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Ore., on July 17, 2019. Auth...

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.

As a result, vapes and other products marketed as helping a range of ailments instead have sent dozens of people to emergency rooms because they were spiked with synthetic marijuana.

Lab testing commissioned by AP shows some CBD vape products available at stores or online contain synthetic marijuana commonly known as K2 or spice. Unlike real CBD, which doesn't have psychoactive qualities, synthetic marijuana gives an intense high.

Industry representatives acknowledge spiking is an issue, but say many companies are reputable.

But with drug enforcement authorities busy fighting the opioid epidemic, manufacturers of spiked products operate with impunity.

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Contact AP's investigative team at Investigative@ap.org.

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Mohr reported from Carlsbad, California; Panama City, Florida; and Jackson, Mississippi. Contributing to this report were Allen Breed in Lexington and Ninety Six, South Carolina; Juliet Linderman in New York, Philadelphia and Towson, Maryland; Reese Dunklin in Dallas; Krysta Fauria in Carlsbad and Los Angeles; Carla K. Johnson in Seattle; Justin Pritchard in Washington and Los Angeles; Rhonda Shafner in New York; Ted Warren in Grants Pass, Oregon; and Mitch Weiss in Lexington, South Carolina.

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People experiencing problems with a product labeled as CBD can reach a local poison control center by calling 1-800-222-1222.


Updated : 2021-02-28 22:13 GMT+08:00