CBD Hurdles With The FDA
CBD has hit the shelves at lightning speed, but with that are some things that may have gotten overlooked. In America, we’re used to taking medicines that are heavily regulated by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) to ensure our safety. With CBD on the shelves of just about every CVS and convenience store there is still no FDA regulation yet. The FDA realizes communal interest in health benefits of CBD products however there just isn’t any scientific evidence available yet.
For CBD reputation to succeed physicians need FDA approval to distribute CBD as a treatment and that must come with approval. The FDA has also tested the chemical content of cannabinoid compounds in some of the products, and many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain. They have also heard reports of CBD potentially containing contaminants. They are looking into this.
This may seem frightening if you are a CBD user yourself, but if you do your research on the companies you purchase from; they should have certificate of analysis on their website if they have nothing to hide. Currently the FDA is looking into frameworks on how to evaluate the safety of marketing and labeling and the possibility of new legislations.
As of now the FDA says it will take years to study and legislate rule and guidelines for CBD products. Mitch McConnell and congress urges the FDA to come up with rules and guidelines in the next 120 days for the CBD industry. As of right now CBD companies can market their products whatever way they see fit with no consequences from the FDA. So, we as a consumer must educate ourselves and continuing asking questions if we want to know what we are consuming, until the FDA can step in.