(WWJ) Metro Detroiters can find it at the farmers market, gas station, Family Video, and even American Eagle at Somerset mall — but is CBD safe to use?
According to a federal government agency: No.
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a derivative of the cannabis plant that’s said to treat pain, relieve anxiety and help you sleep, without the psychoactive effects that come from the THC in marijuana.
While it’s available in a variety of products — from foods, to supplements, drops, cosmetics and creams — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that CBD has the potential to harm you; and that harm can happen even before you become aware of it.
If you’re considering trying CBD to treat an illness or condition, the FDA urges you to speak to your doctor about it first. And if you’re thinking about giving it to your pet, ask your veterinarian, because CBD products haven’t been approved by the FDA for use on animals either.
The advice for consumers comes as the FDA last week sent warning letters to 15 companies for selling CBD products that violate the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, for marketing the products to treat illnesses or for therapeutic use, claiming it’s a dietary supplement or adding it to food for humans and animals. The companies were given two weeks to state how they plan to correct the violations, or else face legal action, including product seizure and injunction.