You might be getting a little unwanted something extra when you buy a CBD product at your local grocers or supplements store, a new study warns.
About 60% of CBD products tested in the lab also contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in pot that causes intoxication, researchers report in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Most products contained just trace amounts of THC, but those are enough to accumulate in your body and cause you to fail a drug test, said senior researcher Shanna Babalonis, an assistant professor of behavioral science at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Military personnel, professional and amateur athletes, and people in legal disputes like child custody cases could wind up in trouble through no fault of their own, just by using an over-the-counter CBD product, she said.
“THC is not allowed at the Olympics. It’s not allowed in many sports organizations. But athletes use CBD because it helps them recover, and it helps them with different facets of their training,” Babalonis said. “So I think that one of the key takeaways from this work is to say that the public needs to question whether there’s THC in their CBD products.”