FLORENCE, MS (WLBT) - A new industry has blossomed around CBD, a compound found in marijuana but generally legal to sell.
It usually comes in oil form, touted for health benefits. But, as one Florence woman found out, there are risks.
Most people are familiar with the part of marijuana that makes you high, otherwise known as THC.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, CBD is another derivative, and there is evidence of it having medical benefits, like treating epilepsy, schizophrenia and joint pain.
A new study issued by the CDC found several synthetic products that were being sold as CBD oil.
In other words,, be careful, because some things aren't always what they appear to be.
Madison Jackson is a former smoker who now vapes. A friend introduced her to CBD oil.
"I didn't know what it was but they explained it to me and I was like OK," Jackson said. "It can't hurt me because it's not the real thing."
She said what she heard next should have been a warning, but in hindsight, is 20/20.
"It was synthetic and that it had no THC in it, everything was man made so it couldn't hurt me," her friend told her.
So she vaped it.
"About 45 minutes after I finished it, I started feeling sick to my stomach, like excruciating," Jackson explained. "I thought I was going to be sick, so I went to the bathroom and I sat on the floor and just waited to be sick. Just waited and waited and nothing happened. I ended up laying in front of the shower for about 45 minutes and finally my boyfriend came back."
She had passed out.
"And when I was conscious he was like OK, we're going to take you to the hospital," she said.
Jackson later learned the interaction between the medicine she was taking for a heart condition and the chemicals in the synthetic CBD triggered a bad reaction.
Fortunately, she made a full recovery, and now has a word of advice.
"I would definitely talk to your doctor before even considering using CBD," she said, with a smile.