The Dangers of Contaminants in Unregulated CBD Products
"Lead is poisonous to humans and can affect people of any age or health status. Lead is especially harmful to vulnerable populations, including infants, young children, pregnant women and their fetuses, and others with chronic health conditions. High levels of lead exposure can seriously harm
children's health and development, specifically the brain and nervous system. Neurological effects from high levels of lead exposure during early childhood include learning disabilities, behavior difficulties, and lowered IQ. Because lead can accumulate in the body, even low-level chronic exposure can be hazardous over time. Lead exposure is measured by testing for the level of lead in a person's blood. There is no identified safe blood lead level. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that doctors begin monitoring children who have a blood lead level measured as 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). At this level it is recommended parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities take steps to reduce the child's future exposure to lead."
"On September 27, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reduced the maximum allowed daily intake of lead for children from 6 to 3 micrograms per day (µg/day). 3 micrograms is equal to .003 milligrams and for adults 12.5 Micrograms or .0125 milligrams per day is safe."
"The levels are set at not more than 0.1 parts per million (ppm) for vegetables and cereals, 2 ppm for fish, crab-meat, oysters, prawns and shrimps, and 0.2 ppm for meat of animal and poultry, respectively."
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"Ethanol is a clear, colorless liquid rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and distributed throughout the body. It has bactericidal activity and is used often as a topical disinfectant. It is widely used as a solvent and preservative in pharmaceutical preparations as well as serving as the primary ingredient in alcoholic beverages. Indeed, ethanol has widespread use as a solvent of substances intended for human contact or consumption, including scents, flavorings, colorings, and medicines. If inhaled may cause respiratory irritation, dizziness, drowsiness, cancer and can cause fertility issues."
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Arsenic is naturally present at high levels in the groundwater of a number of countries.
Arsenic is highly toxic in its inorganic form.
Contaminated water used for drinking, food preparation and irrigation of food crops poses the greatest threat to public health from arsenic.
Long-term exposure to arsenic from drinking-water and food can cause cancer and skin lesions. It has also been associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In utero and early childhood exposure has been linked to negative impacts on cognitive development and increased deaths in young adults.
The most important action in affected communities is the prevention of further exposure to arsenic by provision of a safe water supply.