In recent times, the popularity of cannabidiol has seen an upward trend. Some research shows that the substance has a lot of potential in the health field. However, does this mean that you should purchase your cannabidiol products without reading the label? No.
In fact, even CBD products’ labels can be misleading. Scams products contain way less CBD than advertised and make claims bigger than their offerings. They say cannabidiol can stop pain and inflammation as well as inhibit cancer cell growth. The benefits attributed are vast, but is there enough research to back them? Unfortunately, no.
While most states permit the medical and recreational use of cannabidiol, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t. If anything, federal authorities are concerned that people are being tricked into buying CBD-infused foods which can be risky.
FDA’s Take On CBD Products
The FDA has not yet legalized CBD products. This means several companies are selling cannabidiol products against the law. In this regard, federal officials have sent letters to 15 companies for selling unapproved products.
Till now, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one CBD-based drug for a rare form of epilepsy. It has doubts about CBD and how its products are marketed. Basically, it’s not as if cannabidiol is free from nasty side effects. People have reported diarrhea, nausea, dry month, anxiety, and other such symptoms after CBD consumption.
However, these are just minor issues. The major concerns are that CBD can interfere with several drugs. It can interact with blood thinners, sedatives, benzos, anti-seizure medications, and more. Furthermore, scientists have found that it can also inflict damage on the liver. Imagine innocently taking CBD in the long run and this damage getting accumulated.
Some research works also show that CBD can interfere negatively with male sexual behavior, the production of testosterone, and the functioning of sperm cells. Furthermore, many studies are now showing that pregnant women should not take CBD as it can harm the fetus and even lead to still birth, miscarriage, etc. For adolescents as well, cannabidiol is not safe at all.
Yet people are not concerned about verifying claims. Bigger and bigger crowds are purchasing CBD dietary supplements which have so-called therapeutic effects, pet products, teas, and more. Some products even go as far as to claim they treat or cure diseases sans the backing of scientific evidence. The FDA wants to remind people that it doesn’t check all CBD products or condone of them.
What Officials Are Saying
“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,’” said an FDA official in a statement.
The Food and Drug Administration regulates CBD products and counts cannabidiol as a drug. It has requested the companies which it has sent letters to, to respond to the letters with how they plan to correct the legal laws they have violated.