FDA Cautions Against “Microdosing” Chocolate Bars After Several Serious Illnesses

(NewsSpace.com) – People regularly consume edibles, which are food or candy products that contain small amounts of CBD, THC, or sometimes mushrooms. However, after a series of illnesses and hospitalizations, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising people not to consume Diamond Shruumz products.

On June 7, the FDA announced that, in collaboration with the CDC and America’s Poison Centers, it was investigating a series of recent reports involving Diamond Shruums-brand products. As of that date, there had been eight illnesses reported in four states, including one in Pennsylvania, one in Nevada, two in Indiana, and four in Arizona. Out of those eight, six cases resulted in hospitalization. Fortunately, nobody died as a result, but some of the symptoms were serious.

On June 11, the FDA updated its investigation to note that there were four new cases, one each in Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, and South Carolina. Out of the 12 total incidents, 10 people were admitted to the hospital. The agencies traced the cases back to Diamond Shruumz products and advised people to avoid their products, which include infused cones, microdosing chocolate bars, and micro- and macro-dose gummies. These products are implied to contain psychedelics, but the company says they only contain “nootropic and functional mushrooms.” Some experts believe the products may contain psilacetin, which produces side effects similar to psilocybin, magic mushrooms consumed for their psychedelic effects.

The Diamond Shruumz products are sold in smoke shops across the country and in online shops, including the company’s website. Rocky Mountain Poison Center is investigating the illnesses and its medical director, Dr. Chris Hoyte, says, “There’s not great quality control around some of these products to know exactly what’s in them.” Dr. Christopher Holstege, who heads up the Blue Ridge Poison Center, said there’s concern around the manufacturing process, such as the risk of contamination, and no guarantee that people are getting the accurate dose listed on products’ labels.

The FDA has cautioned retailers against offering the products for sale and asks anyone who experiences any illness after eating them to call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 and seek medical attention.

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