The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA recently sent a letter to Curaleaf, a major CBD brand, warning them that claiming CBD has helped people with pain, stress and anxiety, skin care, etc. is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics act. 

Their position is CBD manufacturers are making unsubstantiated claims that CBD can help with a variety of issues. 

CBD Health and Wellness Center makes no claims as to the benefits that have been seen with CBD. We do however, allow people to tell us and you, how CBD has helped them. 

The known side effects of CBD are,

  • Anxiety.
  • Changes in appetite.
  • Changes in mood.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dizziness.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Nausea.

These side effects can be annoying, but they are certainly not dangerous or life threatening.

Now let’s take a look at some of the drugs the FDA has approved, and their side effects. 

Accutane is a drug used to treat acne. It was on the market for 27 years before it was recalled. The side effects that caused it’s recall were, increased risk of birth defects, miscarriages, and premature births when used by pregnant women; inflammatory bowel disease; suicidal tendencies.

Cylert is a drug used to treat ADHD/ADD. It was on the market for 30 years before it was recalled. The side effects that caused it’s recall were, liver toxicity.

Darvon and Davocet are opioids used to treat paid. They were on the market for 55 years before they were recalled. The side effects that caused the recall were, serious toxicity to the heart; between 1981 and 1999 there were over 2,110 deaths reported. For 18 years people died because of this drug, and the FDA did nothing.

Opioids are still legal and readily available. 

DES (Diethylstibestrol) is a synthetic estrogen to prevent miscarriage, premature labor, and other pregnancy complications. It was on the market for 31 years before it was recalled. The side effects that caused it’s recall were, clear cell adenocarcinoma (cancer of the cervix and vagina), birth defects, and other developmental abnormalities in children born to women who took the drug while pregnant; increased risk of breast cancer, higher risk of death from breast cancer; risk of cancer in children of mothers taking the drug including raised risk of breast cancer after age 40; increased risk of fertility and pregnancy complications, early menopause, testicular abnormalities; potential risks for third generation children (the grandchildren of women who took the drug) but they are unclear as studies are just beginning

So when the FDA says not to make claims about the benefits of CBD, you need to look at their track record and ask yourself how harmful drugs can be on the market for decades with no action from the FDA, yet as soon as we discover the benefits of a plant, they have an issue with us talking about the benefits. 

Now let’s take a look at some other plants that claim to have health benefits, that the FDA has not weighed in on.

  • Mix 2 teaspoons of honey with equal quantity of ginger juice. The concoction helps to expectorate mucus, providing relief for the common cold, coughs and sore throat.
  • Grated cucumber applied over the face, eyes, and neck for fifteen minutes is very beneficial for acne and blackheads.
  • A simple remedy for anemia or iron deficiency – Pound 3-4 soft dates with milk and add a little ghee in it. Eating this mixture will help to prevent Anemia.
  • Home Remedies Treatment for a Cough – For a severe cough, mix tulsi juice with garlic juice and honey. A teaspoon of this mixture is taken once every three hours will treat excessive coughing.

What’s the difference between saying cucumbers helped clear up my acne, and saying CBD helped with my back pain? 

FDA wants us to think they only approve safe drugs. In fact, the hoops they make pharmaceutical companies jump through, also known as clinical trials, are very costly, and based on history, do not keep harmful drugs from the market. 

Do these clinical trials really prevent harmful drugs from getting to the market? I point back to Accutane, Cylert,Darvon, Davocet  and Diethylstibestrol.

Now the FDA has its sights set on CBD. All they will accomplish to driving up the price.
For more information on the cost of clinical trials, this link will take you to a very informative site.

 

https://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2018/cost-of-clinical-trials-for-new-drug-FDA-approval-are-fraction-of-total-tab.html

 

 

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