With the recent spike in CBD oil usage among teenagers, we reached out to Kristin Klinglesmith, substance use coalition coordinator and her colleagues with the Cabarrus Health Alliance, to clear up some questions about the substance and the potential dangers associated with it.
Below are the answers they provided.
1. What concerns does the health community have with the recent increase in vaping/CBD usage among teenagers? Young people who use marijuana, synthetic CBD or nicotine products in any form, including e-cigarettes or vaporizers, are uniquely at risk for long-lasting effects. Because these substances affect the development of the brain’s reward system, continued use can lead to addiction (the likelihood of addiction increases considerably for those who start young). In addition, the chemical composition of many synthetic cannabinoid products is unknown and may change from batch to batch, these products could contain substances that cause dramatically different effects than the user might expect.
2. What is CBD? In Cabarrus County we are seeing spike with synthetic CBD oil not CBD