The latest attempt by the federal government to crack down on medical marijuana companies was recently made. Warning letters were issued Nov 1 by the FDA to four different CBD companies. The letters were in reference to these companies making illegal, unsupported health claims regarding the use of CBD.
FDA Expresses Concern about False Claims
The FDA expressed their increasing concern about the “proliferation” by these companies concerning claims that their products can treat or cure diseases.
According to FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, “We don’t let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims that their substance can shrink or cure cancer and we’re not going to look the other way on enforcing these principles when it comes to marijuana-containing products.”
Not only is the FDA refusing “to look the other way”, but also refusing to warrant any research into marijuana’s medical effects. Cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I dangerous drug, on the same list as substances like heroin.
Never mind that cannabis has been shown to cure cancer and is saving lives worldwide. The FDA continues to take a firm stand against medical marijuana. Letters written to four CBD companies across the country is their latest attempt to crack down on medical cannabis.
Four Separate CBD Companies Receive Warning Letters
Letters were sent to the following four firms:
- Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC, doing business as CW Hemp (Colorado Springs, CO)
- That’s Natural Marketing & Consulting (Pueblo CO)
- Natural Alchemist (El Dorado Hills, CA)
- Green Roads Health (Pembroke Pines, FL)
Each company was given examples of what the FDA considers illegal health claims.
CW Web, the landmark Colorado company known for “Charlotte’s Web” was cited for listing testimonials on their website that relate to benefits for conditions like cancer, autism, traumatic brain injury, depression, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. The FDA also noted that the website directs people to another site that provides CBD dosage instructions for children with cancer.
That’s Natural was warned about testimonies on their website that CBD products kill cancer cells and level blood sugar. The FDA also noted a statement on their website that says, “CBD makes cancer cells ‘commit suicide’ without killing other cells.” They were also warned about their social media page that makes claims about the benefits of cannabinoids for treating various conditions and diseases.
And for Natural Alchemist, the FDA expressed concerned about a particular testimony on their website. The testimony proclaims, “I was pleasantly surprised to find that CBD helped my arthritis…I have shared with my son and he states he is a big believer in CBD for . . . TBI (traumatic brain injury) after being acquainted with military personnel who have tried it.”
The letter to Green Roads noted the claims the company makes on their website that “Adding CBD oil as part of your daily Alzheimer’s medicine routine has a good chance at delaying the progression of the disease…” The FDA also referred to the alleged sale of products with added CBD across state lines, which is considered illegal by the federal government.
FDA Considers Companies Making CBD Claims a Public Health Threat: Wants Companies to Correct Their Mistakes
The FDA wants these companies to correct the mistakes they’ve made. According to FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum, “When a product is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the FDA considers many factors in deciding whether or not to issue warning letters. Those factors include, among other things, agency resources and the threat to the public health.”
It’s clear the FDA still sees medical cannabis as a “public health threat,” despite the countless lives it’s saved. Whether or not these companies comply to correcting the noted violations remains to be seen. If they don’t do it quick however, legal repercussions (such as product seizure and/or court-filed restrictions) are likely to take place.