Infused Chocolate Found to Cause Nausea and Seizures

Stephen Andrews
16 Jun 2024

The FDA has issued a warning about chocolate bars from the brand Diamond Shruumz after they were found to cause sickness in consumers, including symptoms of nausea and seizures. The infused candy in question contains hemp-derived CBD and delta-8, but it is still unclear whether these or other ingredients are what made people sick.

Are all edibles made equal? Apparently they are not. Sometimes they can make you feel ill, when you overindulge with them, or if there’s something wrong with the series. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rang the alarm on June 7, telling people not to eat Diamond Shruumz chocolate bars, and asking vendors to withdraw the product if they have it on offer. 

Reports suggest that at least eight people fell sick and were required hospitalization following ingestion of the chocolate bars. The incidents were reported in Arizona, Indiana, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. Fortunately, none of the cases were life-threatening. 

“People who became ill after eating Diamond Shruumz-brand products reported a variety of severe symptoms including seizures, central nervous system depression (loss of consciousness, confusion, sleepiness), agitation, abnormal heart rates, hyper/hypotension, nausea, and vomiting,” says the FDA warning

The full list of retailers where the brand is available for purchase is still unknown, but Diamond Shruumz brand products such as chocolate, cones, and gummies can be found both online and at various dispensaries and smoke/vape shops nationwide. 

The reported symptoms from ingesting the infused chocolate may be due to delta-8 THC, though typically these types of products do not require medical attention such as a visit to the hospital. 

Could It Be That Chocolates Were Spiked with Something Else?  

Mainstream media run some wild stories on the faulty chocolate bars. For example, the Fox News title suggested that the chocolate bars might be mushroom-infused

On the other hand, Diamond Shruumz claims on its webpage that its microdosing candy promises a psilocybin-like experience, without containing any psilocybin in it. 

“There is no presence of psilocybin, amanita or any scheduled drugs, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience,” the brand claims on its website. “Rest assured, our treats are not only free from psychedelic substances but our carefully crafted ingredients still offer an experience.” 

Whether they were laced with psychedelic substances other than hemp-derived THC will tell the ongoing joint investigation carried by the FDA and CDC. In the meantime, the FDA recommends consumers to protect minors from exposure to the product. The agency also asks vendors to pull out sales of the brand, and those who have the product purchased at home to discard it. 

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Stephen Andrews