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 .
The experts at your local poison center urge you to:
· Call the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 immediately if you have any adverse reactions.
· Be sure to store CBD products out of reach of children and call the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 immediately if they come in contact.
· Never consume more than the recommended amount.
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