Spiked CBD illnesses not isolated to Utah

File - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use. Health officials on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 said 380 confirmed cases and probable cases have been reported in 36 states and one U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A year and a half ago, people were coming to Utah emergency rooms after puffing a vape that promised to deliver the cannabis extract CBD.

In fact, the vapes were spiked with dangerous synthetic marijuana. And the problem extends beyond Utah.

An Associated Press investigation found spiked vapes were available around the country, as some operators capitalize on the CBD boom by substituting a cheap street drug for the real thing.

That practice has sent dozens of people nationwide to emergency rooms. Unlike real CBD, synthetic marijuana gives an intense high.

In all, lab testing shows spiked vapes or edible products marketed as CBD in at least 13 states.

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

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