Last week the FDA cracked down on 15 CBD related companies who made claims of CBD curing or healing disease.
Read the FDA press release here.
While initial research is promising, CBD has not been researched enough for the FDA to clearly make any definitive statement regarding the efficacy of various cannabidiols.
Research is the first step.
Initial research is good. The findings from initial research often lead to bigger studies. And bigger studies bring important conclusions.
Initial research helps scientists understand what is known, and helps identify where there are holes in the process that are preventing progress.
It’s all a process.
Since we’re early in that process, it’s important to remember why the legal lines are drawn where they are.
The double-edged sword of the law
Laws are intended to keep us safe. While it’s frustrating to see progress move at a snail’s pace, we still have an obligation to be law-abiding citizens (and law-abiding companies.)
FDA regulations are here to keep consumers safe from snake-oil claims.
One of the most common questions we’re asked is whether or not CBD is safe. In our experience, CBD is safe, but not everything labeled as CBD actually contains CBD. (Read more about this here.)
The FDA regulations are helpful, then, because they include strict regulations to verify components of various items.
Because there’s no CBD regulation, though, companies can claim whatever they want as CBD and sell it as such.
It’s not ethical, but it happens.
So if companies decide to shortcut processes that keep customers safe, CBD gets a bad rap.
And since CBD isn’t regulated (yet) there’s not really anything we can do about it.
Here at Holden Farms, we believe in the power of CBD. But we also understand that we can’t make any claims about what true, pure, high quality CBD can do.
So we’re committed to sharing information for you to draw your own conclusions.
Here’s how to keep yourself safe when purchasing CBD or other supplements:
Check out the science
Research is critical for understanding why certain compounds work certain ways in our bodies. We’re committed to sharing the research with you. The more people know the better. Conversation leads to more research, which leads to more understanding.
The science matters.
If you’d like to learn more about studies being performed on CBD, check out our science page here.
Draw your own conclusions and trust your gut.
Our bodies are powerful and intuitive. If you have a gut feeling about something, it’s worth listening to. Explore the research and start asking questions to better understand the early science. Follow your gut, too. If you are curious, explore more.
Whether or not the FDA has approved something, learn everything you can so you can understand and draw your own conclusions around CBD and other supplements.
Remember supplement companies can’t claim healing
We find the initial research around CBD fascinating and promising.
But we can’t (and won’t) claim any healing.
Legally and ethically it’s simply not right.
We’ll gladly share all the information we have with you.
We believe in the power of CBD. We’ve seen it work miracles in our lives and the lives of our family and friends.
But this isn’t a claim of healing. It’s anecdotal evidence, not hard science. And it hasn’t been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
“Anecdotal evidence is evidence from anecdotes: evidence collected in a casual or informal manner and relying heavily or entirely on personal testimony.” Wikipedia
Everything on our site is anecdotal (and interesting!)
And, just so we’re suuuuuper clear:
This blog post, and all other posts on our blog, have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.