Jay Jenkins, a freshman cadet at The Citadel in South Carolina, thought he was vaping CBD. Two Puff in, he fell into a coma. His illness prompted testing of the vape he was using, the fluid contained high amounts of synthetic cannabinoids and no CBD. He experienced hallucinations immediately after inhaling, and believed himself to be already dead. He wasn’t that far off. Doctors say he was mere minutes away from slipping too far into the coma to be pulled out.
Thirty different vapes were also tested in an Oregon lab, 10 of the cartridges contained illegal synthetic cannabinoids. Many of them also did not contain the advertised amount of CBD, if they contained any at all. The tests were also different for different brands obtained from different sources. Even legitimate companies have no control over their product once it reaches the streets.
The current lack of federal regulation is allowing these companies to state one thing on their box and have another in their product.
The ability for companies to blatantly lie to their customers has caused poison control to list CBD as a cause for concern. While we still do not know the effects of the actual drug over long term use, the cheaper synthetic drugs being peddled under CBD’s umbrella are known to be dangerous. The synthetic marijuana found is thought to be the culprit of 11 deaths in Europe, according to NBC New York.
The wild west mindset of this blossoming market is giving manufacturers free rein. They are solely responsible for the quality of the products they produce, receiving no oversight. With mounting cases of bad vapes causing illness, manufacturers are, for the most part, unaffected. They have had little in the way of culpability, and continue to work freely. Even confirmed cases of illness aren’t enough to shut them down.