So in your book is CBD overhyped? It is in everything from joints to gummies to coffees and even dog food. Have you had enough or do you buy that it can cure everything under the sun? See: How Exaggerated Medical Hype Hurts Marijuana…Too Much?
Well now the FDA has declared that CBD, may, in fact, be dangerous. And they have issued 15 letters to marketers who may have crossed the line by making exaggerated claims. The FDA has questioned whether CBD products they are selling are safe. To be sure is a lack of scientific information regarding CBD’s safety, and there is some evidence that CBD supplements can cause liver damage, diarrhea, and mood changes.
According to Forbes: “Chief critic: Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb. He’s previously stated that “CBD is not safe” and the benefits of taking it are “largely unproven.” After the FDA issued the CBD warning, he said “extensive studies and industry data” is needed to address “serious safety concerns.”
FDA’s actions on CBD show any available pathway – FDA issuing a regulation, new dietary ingredient notification for supplements, or food additive petition for human or pet food – will require extensive studies and industry data to address serious safety concerns identified by FDA pic.twitter.com/m2hQG4XVBj— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) November 26, 2019
Here is what the FDA has said:
“As we work quickly to further clarify our regulatory approach for products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds like CBD, we’ll continue to monitor the marketplace and take action as needed against companies that violate the law in ways that raise a variety of public health concerns. In line with our mission to protect the public, foster innovation, and promote consumer confidence, this overarching approach regarding CBD is the same as the FDA would take for any other substance that we regulate,” said FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D. “We remain concerned that some people wrongly think that the myriad of CBD products on the market, many of which are illegal, have been evaluated by the FDA and determined to be safe, or that trying CBD ‘can’t hurt.’ Aside from one prescription drug approved to treat two pediatric epilepsy disorders, these products have not been approved by the FDA and we want to be clear that a number of questions remain regarding CBD’s safety – including reports of products containing contaminants, such as pesticides and heavy metals – and there are real risks that need to be considered. We recognize the significant public interest in CBD and we must work together with stakeholders and industry to fill in the knowledge gaps about the science, safety and quality of many of these products.”FDA warns 15 companies for illegally selling various products containing cannabidiol as agency details safety concerns
The bottom line on cannabidiol according to Harvard Medical School
Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently is mostly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking. Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t