FDA's Latest Stance on CBD


The Food and Drug Administration recently published an updated statement on CBD that was seemingly intended to horrify the average consumer. The FDA says that CBD products run “real risks” for consumers. The agency stated that CBD can cause liver injury, sedation, diarrhea, and mood swings.


The first-ever cannabis-derived medicine called Epidiolex may be to blame for these negative claims made by the FDA. 

The FDA approved Epidiolex to treat two types of rare seizure disorders. But upon reviewing the side effects of this drug, it turns out this nearly 100 percent CBD drug caused liver injury in some children during the clinical trial phase.

The FDA asserts, however, that this risk can be minimized when used under the care of a physician. While the FDA does not trust the average consumer to medicate themselves safely, they are choosing to issue scare tactics rather than regulate cannabis products.

The FDA’s claims that this CBD drug may cause liver damage may be true, however it is only the case with extremely high doses of CBD.

While this may sound frightening, consumers should be reminded that they can suffer liver damage from a variety of medicines and dietary supplements that most of us consume on a regular basis. Alcohol, acetaminophen, and sugary beverages are all included in the endless list of FDA-approved hazards.

Anything in extremely high doses can cause damage to your liver, so potential consumers of CBD should keep that in mind when reading the FDA’s negative claims.


What should we take from these “warnings” made by the FDA?

Clearly there is more testing and regulation needed on CBD. Before issuing extreme warnings on the side effects of CBD, more research and strict testing guidelines are needed.

But not only should more studies be conducted, but consumers should make sure they purchase high-quality CBD. Because there are no guidelines set for CBD products, there are companies selling items that don’t even contain the ingredients listed on the bottle. Stay away from gas station CBD or any products from sketchy providers. If a CBD product is high-quality then the supplier should be transparent in where their CBD comes from.

Fake CBD is everywhere, but then again so is the propaganda. Educate yourself not only on the products you are purchasing, but the statements you are reading as well.