At Least 52 People in Utah Were Poisoned by Fake Cannabis Oil

More than 50 people got sick after taking products falsely advertised to be made of CBD oil. The real stuff is seen being processed from hemp above.
Photo: Don Ryan (AP)

A poisoning outbreak traced to synthetic cannabinoids sickened at least 52 people in Utah and sent 31 to the emergency room this past winter, reveals a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But unlike other recent outbreaks, the victims weren’t trying to buy synthetic weed: They had bought what they thought was cannabis oil that only contained cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive ingredient of weed. And many had purchased these products from traditional smoke shops.

Around the beginning of last December, according to the CDC report, the Utah Poison Control Center came across five cases of

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