Massachusetts Marijuana Agency Warns of Possible Toxin in Edibles 1906
The Marijuana Agency stopped short of ordering a mandatory recall of the product, but said it had launched an investigation into the ingredient. The bulletin also noted that Colorado regulators last month issued a warning about liver damage resulting from the same product, and added that a Massachusetts healthcare provider recently notified the commission of a similar local case. apparently caused by the drops.
“The health and safety of patients and consumers is of the utmost importance to the commission, which is why we have immediately launched an investigation into products containing corydalis and are issuing this precautionary bulletin to allow the public to take informed decisions about what they put into their bodies,” Shawn Collins, the commission’s executive director, said in a statement. “Since the rules of the commission require that all [licensed marijuana companies] to include a product label listing their ingredients, patients and consumers may wish to verify all purchases for corydalis and consult with a healthcare provider they trust for additional guidance.
1906 is based in Colorado, but its products for consumers in Massachusetts are manufactured by Bask Inc. in a factory in Freetown. (Licensed marijuana operators cannot move products across state lines, due to federal drug prohibition.)
Peter Barsoom, the company’s chief executive, said in an email to The Globe that 1906 is “committed to the safety and education of consumers and patients” and stressed that the advice was not an opinion of reminder.
The company later said through a spokesperson that it reformulated the product with a different herb, Stefania, starting in March. The spokesperson said 1906 made the switch because he had received about two dozen reports of consumers in different states falling ill after consuming Midnight Drops, but he insisted the rate of negative feedback was extremely low compared to the overall quantity sold.
“Our primary focus remains the well-being of our customers, and our efforts here and with the CCC demonstrate that,” the spokesperson said.
It was not immediately clear if any retailers in Massachusetts were still selling the previous formulation of Midnight Drops which includes Corydalis. Cannabis makers urged consumers verify the ingredients of marijuana products they have purchased and report any adverse reactions to the agency.
Midnight pills also contain small amounts of THC, the well-known compound primarily responsible for the marijuana high, and CBD, a less harmful cannabinoid widely marketed as a relaxant and treatment for various health conditions. The company markets the so-called drops as a sleep aid, offering in a range of pills with names such as “Go”, “Chill” and “Bliss” which claim to induce different states of mind.