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Vapes spiked with illegal drugs show dark side of CBD craze

(AP) – Some operators are cashing in on the CBD craze by substituting cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana for natural CBD in vapes and edibles such as gummy bears, an Associated Press investigation has found.

CBD is the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant that marketers say can treat a range of ailments without getting users high.

The practice has sent dozens of people to emergency rooms over the last two years. Yet people behind spiked products have operated with impunity, in part because the business has boomed so fast that regulators haven’t caught up while drug enforcement agents have higher priorities.

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