CBD safe or not? FDA raises concerns


SOUTHWEST MISSOURI — You can find it at the mall, the gas station, even at the supermarket. CBD is everywhere. But is it safe?

If it seems like you’re seeing CBD products everywhere, that’s because you are.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 legalized hemp-derived products.

Candy Wilson Sales executive, The CBD+ Superstore, said, “That started the epidemic with the popularity of CBD.”

The cannabis compound is listed as a harmless way to treat ailments.

“The benefits for CBD range from anywhere from pain to anxiety to ADHD to people who have major ailments.”

But, right now, there is no substantial evidence to back that up.

Jordan Birch, Chief Resident, Freeman Emergency Medical Program, said, “Not a lot has been proven especially as a doctor trying to practice evidence based medicine, you want something that’s safe and effective for your patients.

Candy Wilson says she’s seen proof.

“I’ve has people this weekend for instance, a lady came in a wheelchair. She was in her mid 50’s. She walked out of here and she pushed that wheelchair out of here and she cried.”

The FDA is concerned that CBD might not be as safe as some companies say.

The agency released a revised consumer update detailing their concerns.

Birch says, “The problem with CBD oil is its not very well regulated so it can have mixtures of different things.”

A problem highlighted in the report says combining CBD with other chemicals can cause adverse reactions.

“I’ve seen a couple rashes with it. Big things they worry about there have been some liver issues with it.”

The FDA has only seen limited data about CBD safety and says that points to risks that need to be considered before taking it.

Wilson said, “Our goal is to make sure that people have the right products so that they can see what it really does and the miracles that it performs.”

“Take caution especially if you’re usign anything like that. Talk to your doctor. They’re very understanding. They want what’s best for you,” said Birch.

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