Alabama health officials are warning about the dangers of untested, unregulated and potentially dangerous CBD oil.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said cannabidiol, a compound derived from marijuana but without psychoactive qualities, can be tainted and possibly have negative side effects.
“Products labeled as CBD oil and/or other CBD-related products might contain any number of substances, and there is no assurance they are safe to consume as they have not been evaluated or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” Dr. Harris said.
“Instead of helping relieve symptoms, using CBD products can have side effects that include harmful interactions with other medications. If you suspect a tainted CBD product has caused you to be ill, contact a poison control center and seek medical attention,” he advised.
Case studies showed the most common adverse reactions were altered mental status, nausea or vomiting, and seizures or shaking, the ADPH said.
In December, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that industrial hemp products containing no more than 0.3 percent THC are legal to be produced, sold and possessed in the state. CBD products derived from marijuana, which contains far more THC, the intoxicating substance in pot, remain illegal.
Medical marijuana is prohibited in Alabama, with few exceptions: Products prescribed for those enrolled in a UAB Department of Neurology study under Carly’s Law; or those being treated for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition, including one that produces seizures under Leni’s Law.