Fake CBD Oil Sickens 52 People in Utah

Up to 52 people in Utah have been made ill after consuming synthetic products falsely labeled as containing cannabidiol (CBD), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an announcement on Thursday.

The illnesses occurred between October and January, and have prompted the CDC to urge that states begin to regulate the popular over-the-counter remedy "to minimize the risk for recurrences of this emerging public health threat," the Associated Press reported.

CBD oil is made from cannabis but does not contain the active ingredient that provides a high. Many Americans have turned to the oil claiming it eases pain or helps quell seizures.

CBD oil has been legal for use in Utah for people with epilepsy since 2014, but the recent outbreak of illnesses has led the state to pass laws that would better register and test products for quality.

The CDC said that more than half of the 52 possible cases of illnesses tied to CDB oil products either tested positive for a synthetic compound called 4-CCB, or were tied to the use of a product called Yolo CBD Oil. Samples of Yolo CBD Oil were found to contain synthetic instead of real CBD oil, the CDC said. Authorities have yet to determine which company makes the Yolo CBD Oil, the AP said.

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