Synthetic CBD is cheaper to purchase compared to naturally extracted CBD oil, but due to the deaths and illnesses that have been linked back to synthetic CBD, it’s good to be informed about your options before you buy. Synthetic products are an option many companies take to find cheaper alternatives to offer customers. In some industries, this actually is a benefit to consumers; in others, like CBD, it may not be the best thing to use. Let’s examine what synthetic CBD is, what the risks are, and whether you should try it.
What is Synthetic CBD?
Synthetic CBD is usually a CBD isolate created in a lab manufactured to recreate the effects of cannabidiol. According to Kush.com:
“With the skyrocketing popularity of the legal whole-plant cannabis industry, several companies have sought to simultaneously increase profits and reduce production time by creating synthetic CBD and cannabinoids These are man-made chemicals typically synthesized with either fluoride or bromide and designed to emulate the effects of naturally-sourced CBD and cannabinoids.”
Bromides have been removed from many products due to chronic toxicity, and fluoride has also been linked to toxicity in long-term uses.
Negative Effects of Synthetic CBD
According to Wikipedia’s entry on synthetic cannabinoids:
“Negative effects include palpitations, paranoia, intense anxiety, nausea, vomiting, confusion, poor coordination, and seizures. There have also been reports of a strong compulsion to re-dose, withdrawal symptoms, and persistent cravings. There have been several deaths linked to synthetic cannabinoids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the number of deaths from synthetic cannabinoid use tripled between 2014 and 2015. In 2018, the United States Food and Drug Administration warned of significant health risks from synthetic cannabinoid products that contain the rat poison brodifacoum, which is added because it is thought to extend the duration of the drugs’ effects.”
Legality of Synthetic CBD
According to the same Wikipedia article referenced above, synthetic CBD, such as spice, is illegal in Germany, France, Ireland, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Chile, South Korea, and Japan to name a few. Many other countries worldwide have bans on many of these substances but are struggling to keep up with all the modifications that those synthesizing the drugs are making to keep ahead of legislation around their products.
Natural CBD Extracts
On the other end of the scale, however, you have full spectrum CBD oil, which has not been linked to any deaths and in fact have few, if any, negative side effects at all. Instead of being synthesized using inexpensive materials, natural CBD is extracted from pure hemp through a somewhat expensive process. The cost of a CBD or hemp oil product often relates to the purity of the oil through the refining process.
Do Your Research
Most companies who sell natural CBD products will have information on their extraction methods and manufacturing processes on their website. These companies will many times also have their products tested by third-party laboratories which will be available to the consumer upon request.
If you have any questions relating to the way a certain brand’s CBD is extracted or tested or in fact any other questions, most companies will be more than happy to answer them via their customer service department.