Several products from a leading brand of CBD vaping liquids contain a chemical that’s been linked to emergency room admissions and even death, according to a study published this month in Forensic Science International.
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found that the products, all from Diamond CBD, a publicly traded company, contained a compound called 5F-ADB.
The products that Peace and her colleagues tested contained CBD derived from hemp.
“The company strives to provide the assurance that we supply the best, highest-quality products on the market,” Hagen said, adding that he supports regulation to ensure the safety and quality of CBD products.
Virginia Commonwealth researchers decided to focus on Diamond CBD products, they said, because a user had alerted them to unexpected side effects from them, including feeling high.
To investigate, the researchers ordered seven different products from Diamond CBD’s website, which advertised the CBD vape oils as having “100% natural CBD extracts.” Three of the products contained 5F-ADB: Liquid Gold Strawberry, Liquid Gold Jungle Juice, and Diamond CBD Vape Additive.
The Diamond CBD Vape Additive sample the researchers tested also contained dextromethorphan, or DMX, an ingredient in cough medicines sold over the counter in drugstores.
According to a recent Consumer Reports nationally representative survey of 1,003 American adults, 13 percent of Americans said they had used CBD to relieve symptoms related to a health issue, and nearly 90 percent of those said it helped.
A spokesperson for the Food and Drug Administration, for example, said the agency has in recent years warned manufacturers after testing CBD products found online, finding that they contained more or less CBD than was claimed.
“Contaminants in CBD products is a real issue, and largely stems from the lack of regulation.”