An Idaho man is suing Curaleaf, the cannabis company responsible for an Oregon cannabis product recall last week, claiming he took Curaleaf’s high-THC Select drops rather than their high-CBD Select drops, which landed him in the emergency room, OregonLive reports. Thirteen other people reported taking Curaleaf’s mislabeled Select brand CBD drops, resulting in at least two other lawsuits filed last week, the report says.
According to OregonLive, Jason Crawforth bought the mislabeled drops around the end of August. and later ingested what he thought was a high-CBD tincture in Nevada while camping in early September.
“My body started shaking. I couldn’t stop my arms and legs from quivering. And my mind was disappearing.”—Jason Crawforth via OregonLive
After abandoning his camping trip due to his symptoms, Crawforth took a second dose of the contaminated Curaleaf drops and went back to Idaho. Still unaware of the THC/CBD mix-up, his symptoms returned but this time he was driving his motor home.
“If my friend wasn’t with me, I would have driven that motor home off the road or crashed into a car coming the other way,” he said.
He did not know he had ingested THC until after checking into an emergency room and doctors told him he had THC in his system. After a friend who took drops from the same bottle too went to the ER, Crawforth put two and two together and contacted Oregon regulators, who they say filed the first report alerting them to the mix-up, the report says.
The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) reported last week that Curaleaf had mixed up their Select CBD drops with a high-THC blend. Curaleaf blames the event on “human error,” saying in a statement that the company is “grateful to the OLCC and individuals who brought this serious matter to our attention.”
“We sincerely apologize to all customers impacted by this mistake,” the company said.
Crawforth says he is still feeling the effects from the un-wanted high, saying he has aged “20 years in three weeks.”
“I’ve never had a product that was mislabeled, and it’s quite scary when you get something that you’re not anticipating,” he said. “I want other people to not have to go through something like this. There should have been better controls in place.”
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