CBD or cannabidiol is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It differs from the THC chemical that cannabis is traditionally known for because CBD doesn’t contain any psychoactive effects that could make you high.
While most of the CBD products on the market only contain trace amounts of THC of no more than 0.03%, the recent CBD spike scare in Maryland is making it difficult to trust CBD vendors.
As reported by the Baltimore Sun last month, there’s an increasing number of incidents where CBD vape pods were found to contain synthetic marijuana, which is extremely harmful. In fact, one of the victims ended up in a coma after only two puffs of the contaminated CBD vape.
The report states that lab tests conducted on similar products from outlets across 13 states show the same results. So, the issue seems to be poor labeling on products that contain more or less CBD than what’s stated, as well as other harmful substances.
In another study that looked at 84 items bought online, 58 nearly 70% were incorrectly labeled. 36 products actually contained higher levels of CBD and 22 contained lower levels than those stated. None of the products listed THC as an ingredient but it did appear in 18 samples.
While CBD in its pure state doesn’t cause any harm, without regulation consumers aren’t protected from the advent of synthetic cannabinoids and THC contamination.
Is CBD Legal in Maryland?
CBD oil made from hemp is legal for medicinal use in Maryland. But, you have to be part of the state’s medical-marijuana program in order to buy CBD-rich cannabis oils. Qualifying health ailments under this criterion include:
- Severe or chronic pain
- Severe nausea
How to Find Legal, Safe CBD
Recent changes in US federal law mean that hemp is no longer considered an illegal substance. But, to get FDA approval products must go through rigorous FDA testing similar to Epidiolex, a CBD pharmaceutical product designed to treat epileptic seizures.
The best way to find safe and good quality CBD is to look for a reputable store with the right products or go online to a reputable CBD vendor. The most important thing is to make sure the market, dispensary or online store is reputable and provides organic CBD that’s well-sourced.
If you can’t find information on how the CBD is produced or manufactured on the product or website then you can contact them, or move on to the next. There’s no shortage of outlets selling quality CBD products.
Keep in mind that CBD can be pricey and cheaper versions are usually diluted. So you don’t want to cost-save and compromise your health.