The Utah Poison Control Center is asking the public to be cautious when purchasing products sold at local smoke shops.
They say since early November they have received several calls about people getting sick after using a product labeled “CBD” oil. These people are reporting seizures, confusion, loss of consciousness, slurred speech and altered mental states.
“These symptoms are not consistent with CBD oil. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a component of the marijuana plant that is not associated with getting high. It is authorized for restricted medical use in Utah for people with intractable seizures who are diagnosed by a neurologist,” UPCC says.
UPCC is working with the health department and the Department of Public Safety to investigate the situation. According to preliminary information, the product is actually a synthetic cannabinoid-like compound like “SPICE”.
Anyone who has used the product and is experiencing adverse reactions following inhalation or injection of CBD or hemp oil is encouraged to contact the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.