JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – State health and law enforcement officials in Mississippi are warning the public about the use of CBD products. During a Wednesday press conference, officials with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) discouraged the use of CBD
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – State health and law enforcement officials in Mississippi are warning the public about the use of CBD products.
During a Wednesday press conference, officials with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) discouraged the use of CBD products.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from the cannabis plant and has been used in various ways, including the treatment of pain.
“We have no idea what ingredients or amounts are in these products and without proper labeling, you do not know what you are consuming and that is dangerous,” Commissioner of Public Safety Marshall Fisher said.
MBN Director John Dowdy said state testing of CBD products purchased in the state showed that a lot of CBD products are mislabeled, may be harmful and possibly illegal.
Michael Dellinger, the co-owner and manager of Your CBD Shop in Tupelo, said CBD products have a lot of benefits and his company has done its research to ensure safety.
However, the state agencies’ warning is not selective of CBD sellers and addresses the commercial and illegal purchase of the products.
“The agencies are stressing that until there are scientific studies and oversight – it is not safe to use CBD oil regardless of where you purchase it,” read a DPS news release
“Probably 90 percent of what we do here is education on CBD and CBD-related products,” Dellinger said. “We’re very, very careful that we select products that are the highest quality. We offer lab reports on anything that we sell.”
There are no laws against selling CBD oil; however, law enforcement officials and some in the medical profession have concerns about CBD products, saying it is very risky to use.
“You have no idea what you’re getting and ultimately, what we’re seeing now is serious lung illness that’s being associated with a lot of vaping devices and these CBD oils that are being sold out there. There is no quality control over these items,” Dowdy said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state and local health departments are currently investigating a national outbreak of lung illness associated with the use of vaping.
According to the CDC, electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vapes, work by heating a liquid to produce an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs. The liquid can contain nicotine, THC and CBD oils and other substances and additives.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is also found in cannabis plants and is associated with the “high” consumers have, explained Healthline.com.
More than 1,600 cases of lung injuries associated with vaping have been reported to the CDC.
“THC is present in most of the samples tested by FDA to date, and most patients report a history of using THC-containing products.
The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak,” according to the CDC.
However, the CDC says no one compound or ingredient has emerged as the cause of these illnesses to date.