The UK media ran with a story of a young girl who died after ingesting one cannabis gummy, however, what most media outlets failed to report was that it was made from synthetic cannabinoids, which are known to be far more dangerous and unpredictable than actual cannabis.
The 23 year old Law student and her 21 year old friend bought the gummies on a messaging app. Her friend survived, however Domilola Olakanmi died with her mother by her side.
It’s not known whether the girls meant to buy synthetic cannabinoids, however it is doubtful they would have consumed it had they known the real ingredients. The sweets they consumed were of the ‘Trrlli Peachies O’s’ Brand. Police are conducting an investigation following the death.
All major news outlets reported on this incident, however, very few actually stated it was a synthetic cannabinoid, fueling the ‘reefer madness’ propaganda that we still unfortunately see far too much of in the media.
Thanks to many individuals who have contacted the Media and complained about their incorrect and misleading headlines, most articles now state it was a synthetic cannabis sweet.
Synthetic cannabinoids are a product of prohibition, they only came onto the market due to their ability to circumvent the current laws on cannabis and have been proven far more dangerous, more damaging and more addictive.
Recently, in Guernsey, CBD gummies that had already been sold in local shops, were tested and possible found to contain five times Guernsey’s legal limit of CBN.
“Guernsey Police are warning islanders after CBD gummies being sold in the island returned a class A drugs rating.” .ITV News – Original Article
In response to the warnings, the island’s retailers have removed the cherry flavoured Mule CBD gummies off their shelves. The sweets were found to contain a high level of cannabinol, which is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Law 1974.
“The effects of these gummies do not comply with other CBD products and can have a much stronger psychoactive effect than what is advertised. Islanders are being warned against using the product due to the health risks attached.”ITV News – Original Article
What is CBN (cannabinol) and can it get you ‘high’?
CBN occurs with the degradation of THC, it doesn’t affect the CB1 and CB2 receptors the same way THC does and doesn’t induce a “high”. CBN is classed as a psychoactive substance in UK and Channel Island Law, however the UN and many other Countries don’t classify it as psychoactive and is not a controlled substance.
Unfortunately, like with most other cannabinoids, further studies are needed on CBN to properly classify it and its effects.
Is it psychoactive?
While the press have been widely reporting that the gummies containing CBN are in fact psychoactive, we have found that the facts are more complicated.
There are many studies in which CBN is included, but none that we have found have been solely for the purpose of testing its psychoactive effects.
One of these studies includes the use of THC which is known to be a psychoactive agent. Another sedates the test subjects with benzodiazepines, which would also have a major effect. While other studies label CBN as a “non-psychoactive” ingredient in the test.
Who are we to believe? One thing is for certain. It’s a sorry state of affairs our cannabis industry is in. We’ve got legal gummies turning out to be illegal. Illegal cannabis sweets that do not even contain cannabis. And the poor consumers are left wandering aimlessly while the debate continues.
How do we fix this?
Unfortunately there is no simple answer here. Whilst it is debated that CBN is not psychoactive, it’s probably not worth the time or energy required to change the Law.
The only real way is to change the Laws around cannabis completely. The Laws are already muddled, confusing and inaccurate. It’s time for legalisation.
So what do you do if you want a safe CBD gummy??
The best way to ensure that you are getting exactly what you are paying for is to see the Certificate of Analysis. This is the same for all CBD products, oils, gummies and crumbles too. This should be 3rd party Lab Tested to ensure its validity.
You’ll also want to make sure that the COA is in date (within one year), it should preferably have the company’s name on it too but often it can be their suppliers. Another consideration is the heavy metal and pesticide report, it’s advisable to see this too when available.
Here at The Canna Cabana we ensure that all our products are 3rd party lab tested, contain no THC and comply with all current regulations to ensure only the best products reach our customers.