fda on cbd
fda on cbd

5 Things the FDA Got Wrong on CBD Already

We need more research and transparency in CBD, cannabis, and marijuana studies

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Reginald Reefer on Friday Dec 6, 2019

Why the FDA is full of Shit about CBD

fda on cbd

The FDA recently released an updated version of their “consumer recommendations” when it comes to CBD. On this list, there’s a bunch of things that simply showcases the level of corruption that exists within the government and how one agency can benefit an entire industry, while keeping another in obscurity.

We’ll be going over the finer points about what they are claiming about CBD and why they are full of shit. While the FDA in theory is highly necessary for safe consumption, the agency has cobbled under the weight of political pressure and is currently only an enforcer for the Pharmaceutical industry. I’ll explain why a bit later.

First, let’s take a closer look at what the FDA claims about CBD.


 CBD is Potentially harmful

One of the first claims we see coming from the FDA is a claim that CBD may be harmful. They then continue to add a few bullet points to explain.

This is directly from their website and the link can be found here:

  • CBD can cause liver injury.
  • CBD can affect the metabolism of other drugs, causing serious side effects.
  • Use of CBD with alcohol or other Central Nervous System depressants increases the risk of sedation and drowsiness, which can lead to injuries.


When we take a closer look at the first bullet point, we can immediately notice that there is no link to any study. It took me a while to find out what study they were referencing, however after carefully reviewing it, the science is “iffy” at best.

One of my fellow-writers have tackled the FDA’s claim about CBD damaging the liver which you can read right here.

The second claim they make is correct, however only partially. If does have the ability to affect the metabolism of other drugs, by either metabolizing it quicker or slower. What this “may” cause is a build up of drugs in your system, because CBD is doing some of the functions of that drug, meaning it requires less in the blood stream.

However, this is also for a small number of medications. The vast majority of the medications on the market do not have any negative interactions with CBD. Furthermore, they do not have an extensive list of “which drugs”, only the FDA claims that it “can”. However, it seems kind of lazy to call it something and not provide any real evidence.

The final point is totally correct, “when you mix anything with booze…you’ll get drunk and drowsy, increasing your odds of causing an accident”. The FDA might as well said something like, “If you get into water, you’ll get wet…” but considering that they only had two bullet points on the “damages” of CBD, they had to fluff it out to make it look more serious.


Other FDA Talking Points

For the sake of length, we’ll quickly summarize the other main talking points from the FDA with a small comment from myself.


  1. Only 1 CBD Product has been Approved – Epidiolex – 100% correct. Currently there is only one approved drug.
  2. It’s illegal to market CBD by adding it to food or labeling it as a dietary supplement – The FDA is trying to keep people from using CBD and selling it in juices and so forth. One of the biggest ways to work around FDA regulation is to call something a “Dietary” substance, of which the FDA made illegal.
  3. The FDA has limited data – Precisely! They don’t have any real answers and to consider that they do have more authority than, let’s say, Dr. Mechoulam from Israel, is disingenuous.
  4. The FDA is in the dark about many things – There’s a bunch of stuff the FDA has no idea about since they have been effectively blocking research for close to four decades.

The Hypocrisy of an Agency

The FDA is supposed to be here to “protect consumers” by making sure that products and drugs are tested and safe for human consumption. However, what is “safe” for the FDA. If you take a closer look at all the different drugs approved by the FDA in the past, some of which have side effects like “sudden death” and “anal bleeding”…it makes you think….”If that is safe for the FDA….is it safe for me?”

Of course, the FDA has a lot of protocols in place to ensure that the products that you’re consuming is legitimate. For instance, if the FDA did their due diligence and regulated the vaping industry better…we wouldn’t have dead people as a result.

However, because the FDA is truly only a guard dog for the Pharmaceutical industry, we can see that they don’t really have an interest in “keeping us safe”. If “Sudden Death” is a permitted side-effect…then we cannot trust the criteria of the FDA at all.

Furthermore, the FDA, within their own post admits that they have no idea what they are talking about. They don’t know what happens over time, they don’t know about doses…they don’t really know anything. More importantly, the FDA is making a claim that isn’t substantiated by science.

It is illegal for you to make a “medical claim” about CBD, but it isn’t illegal for them to claim a “risk” about it that isn’t substantiated by science. How then, can we trust this agency that has shown us repeatedly that they easily “fast track” certain drugs but “stall” others…usually in direct relation to the amount of money a drug can make on the market.

After all, Oxycodone and Fentanyl are FDA approved! Just think about that for a second.








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