The North Carolina Department of Health said the number of people headed to the emergency room after using CBD oil has doubled.
There have been over 30 cases statewide in just the past three months. Last month, we reported 18 high school students in Cabarrus County were taken to the hospital since January 1.
To be clear, it’s not the CBD oil itself that is the concern. It’s the potential that products labeled as CBD oil might contain other harmful substances.
Last month, Concord Police confiscated more than 300 bottles labeled CBD oil from a local tobacco shop. A product used by at least one of the 18 hospitalized students was tied directly to that shop. Police arrested the owner and a store employee. Since then, EMS reports only one call to a local high school related to CBD.
The report released by the Department of Health and Human Services details serious symptoms consistent with what Cabarrus County EMS saw last month.
“They feel like their heart is going to jump out of their chest,” Cabarrus County EMS Director Alan Thompson said. “They’re having a fast heart rate, severe nausea, severe vomiting, severe headaches and even to the point of having seizures.”
The state health director stressed emergency calls related to CBD oil are coming all over the state. They aren’t isolated to just one area. No deaths have been reported.