N. Carolina officials find spiked CBD sold in the state

An illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette. A vaping-related death in Oregon is the second to occur nationwide, and the first linked to a product purchased from a pot shop. ( Photo by EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images )

North Carolina authorities have encountered products marketed as delivering the cannabis extract CBD but that instead were spiked with synthetic marijuana.

The state crime lab found nearly 30 spiked products as of earlier this year. Nearly all were vape products.

The Associated Press gathered the results for an investigation into how some operators are capitalizing on the CBD boom by substituting a dangerous street drug for the real thing.

That practice has sent dozens of people nationwide to emergency rooms, including teens and service members in North Carolina. Unlike CBD, synthetic marijuana gives an intense high.

In all, lab testing shows spiked vapes or edibles such as gummy bears marketed as CBD in at least 13 states.

Industry representatives acknowledge spiking, but say many companies are reputable.