Starlit Simon from Fredericton, Canada has been warning people to be cautious about CBD products. Simon started buying CBD oil from a brand named Natural Remedy about four months ago to help with her anxiety.
CBD is a well-known substance to alleviate the symptoms of severe diseases such as epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Tourettes. It is widely used in reducing anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, and other mental health issues. Although there’s little research that backs up the medicinal claims of CBD, many people have reported its benefits.
When Simon bought a new bottle of CBD oil a few weeks ago, she noticed an unexpected change- she got high. The same CBD oil that had helped her reduce her anxiety was now making her ‘high’. Simon said she didn’t know that she was high, she thought something was significantly wrong with her. She even considered that she might be having psychosis, or some sort of serious medical issue and didn’t suspect the CBD oil for a moment.
Despite the rapid growth in the CBD industry, one problem that persists is the unregulated cannabis products. These products often contain high levels of THC, or tetrahydro cannabidiol, the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. THC tends to produce euphoria-like feelings and often causes hallucinations that may have long-term ill effects on the user’s mental health.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory and non-psychoactive substance that is meant to be therapeutic. It can potentially help people with their anxiety, pain, muscle injuries, seizures, etc. Contrarily, THC acts in an opposite manner producing mind-altering chemicals that can trigger seizures.
After Simon’s high wore off, she told her colleagues about the previous day and they recommended her to get the contents of her CBD oil tested. She took the bottle to RPC, a cannabis-facility nestled in Fredericton.
The results revealed that the bottle contained absolutely no CBD oil whatsoever. Rather the 50-milliliter bottle was filled with THC, the psychoactive component that makes you feel high when you smoke marijuana.
Troy Smith, the supervisor of the cannabis lab at RPC, said the CBD bottle is advertised as less than 0.5 milligrams per milliliter of THC, whereas they found a total THC of 11.5 milligrams per milliliter.
Simon had purchased the bottle at Sangster’s, a natural health store located in the city. The owner of the store is Sangster’s Canada, which is based in Saskatchewan.
Surprisingly, the company made a statement to CBC News in which they said they do not authorize the sale of CBD or THC oil in any of their stores. Sangster’s Health Centres head franchise had notified the concerned franchisee to instantly remove any such products from its store, and to prohibit from selling any such unauthorized products immediately, the statement said.
The CBD oil Simon bought was produced by a company named The Natural Remedy, based in Vancouver. When she tried reaching out to the company and explain what happened, the company was quite dismissive.
It was only when she started to get upset, did they take her seriously, said Simon. She is quite disappointed at the incident as she had been using their products for a few months now. She assumed that buying a product from a legitimate store will ensure its safety, but apparently, the particular company (The Natural Remedy) is not regulated.
The company told Simon that nothing could be done to examine the mix-up and investigate the case further. CBC News had also reached out to The Natural Remedy, but the company hasn’t responded yet.
Cannabis oil can only be sold legally in the province with a prescription by licensed producers such as Tidal Health Solutions or OrganiGram, or by Cannabis NB. Smith recommends people to be aware of the CBD products they buy. He further advised buying CBD oil from these sources only as their products are compliant to the government guidelines and regulated.
Smith stresses the point that people who buy CBD products from illegal dispensaries do not exactly know what they’re getting into. Products from illicit stores are not tested properly and are usually non-compliant and unregulated with varying concentration levels of THC.
While CBD oil may benefit you in your overall health and wellness, you need to be aware of the concentration of THC in a cannabidiol product as high levels could harm you.