The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have taken enforcement action against a former NFL player’s CBD company over unsubstantiated claims that its products can be used to cure or prevent coronavirus. In short, they demand the company Stop Claiming CBD Can Cure Coronavirus.
The agencies sent a warning letter demanding that the business cease making the claims, remove them from any marketing material and advise FDA on steps taken to correct the issue within 48 hours. Failure to comply can result in “legal action, including, without limitation, seizure and injunction,” the letter states.
The enforcement action came one day after the former player said that he would actually welcome federal moves against his company and use it as a public relations opportunity to expose the government for suppressing the “truth” about the medical potential of cannabis.
In the letter, officials from FDA and FTC said the agencies have “determined that your website offers cannabidiol (CBD) products for sale in the United States and that these products are intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people.” Because the products are not authorized for such use, this marketing is in violation of both FDA and FTC regulations.
“FDA is taking urgent measures to protect consumers from certain products that, without approval or authorization by FDA, claim to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people,” the agencies wrote. “As described below, you sell products that are intended to mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people. We request that you take immediate action to cease the sale of such unapproved and unauthorized products for the mitigation, prevention, treatment, diagnosis, or cure of COVID-19.”
The summary of the company’s logic is that because cannabinoids like CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating the immune system, taking CBD products can prevent and treat COVID-19. He’s received ample pushback from legalization advocates and prohibitionists alike, who say peddling these claims without clinical evidence to back them up is irresponsible and dangerous to patients.
FDA made clear that, as of now, the coronavirus is not clinically proven to be among those conditions that cannabis can cure.
The government letter goes on to say that it is unlawful “to advertise that a product can prevent, treat, or cure human disease unless you possess competent and reliable scientific evidence, including, when appropriate, well-controlled human clinical studies, substantiating that the claims are true at the time they are made.”
“For COVID-19, no such study is currently known to exist for the products identified above,” it states. “Thus, any coronavirus-related prevention or treatment claims regarding such products are not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence. You must immediately cease making all such claims.”
Here at Mind and Body Improvements, we would concur that any company making these claims should stop claiming CBD can cure Coronavirus. Because CBD interacts with each person differently, no such claim can be made at this time. CBD interacts with a person’s endocannabinoid system, the process which can produce different results for different people. If you currently take CBD and have experienced symptom relief for your ailments, its reasonable to continue to do so, but we would never claim that taking CBD will protect you from the currently mostly unknown Coronavirus.
As a health and wellness company, we are 100% committed to doing our part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19). Shop with confidence knowing that we only supply the highest quality CBD products and are going above-and-beyond to be responsible when it comes to shipping your items.
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