Growing acceptance of medical marijuana has spurred aggressive marketing of CBD (cannabidiol), a non-intoxicating cannabis derivative that’s being added to things like skin cream, candy, and dog snacks.
While a CBD-containing drug was recently approved to treat two severe forms of epilepsy, there’s scant evidence for other health claims.
Nevertheless, marketers are promoting CBD to treat everything under the sun — anxiety, depression, neurological diseases, heart disease, addiction, diabetes, pain, sleep disturbances, migraine headaches. You name it.
Last fall the FDA issued warning letters to four companies that illegally marketed CBD as a cure for cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other serious diseases, noting the products haven’t been shown to be safe or effective.
It cited blatant fabrications, such as CBD “makes cancer cells