Federal health officials recently published a report indicating that phony CBD products “poisoned” more than 50 people in Utah during the winter months of 2017.

Dozens of these individuals were forced to seek emergency medical treatment for side effects synonymous with the momentary flashes of madness typically associated with spice — often referred to as “synthetic marijuana” or K2.

The report, which was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that customers thought they were buying cannabis oil from local head shops around the state (or got it from a friend), only to end up sick with a variety of symptoms inconsistent with the effects of CBD.

Some of the victims experienced adverse reactions, such as “altered mental status, seizures, confusion, loss of consciousness, and hallucinations,” the report reads.

But unlike the nasty situation involving smokeable forms of spice, these consumers were under the impression that they were buying a legitimate cannabis derivative — not some synthetic chemical that was imitating cannabis to provide a high much different than the plant itself provides.

“Nine product samples (including one unopened product purchased by investigators from a store and brand reported by a patient) were found to contain a synthetic cannabinoid, 4-cyano CUMYL-BUTINACA (4-CCB), but no CBD,” reports the CDC. “Eight of the tested products were branded as ‘Yolo CBD oil’ and indicated no information about the manufacturer or ingredients. Blood samples from four of five persons were positive for 4-CCB.”

See the original article at Cannabis Now