Scott Gottlieb is skeptical of the science behind CBD supplements

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Scott Gottlieb has a lot of thoughts on CBD

When I chatted with the former FDA commissioner about the agency’s efforts to regulate CBD, one thing was crystal clear: Gottlieb probably isn’t going to be offered a job as the head of the CBD lobby any time soon.

“There’s no science to demonstrate that putting it in the food supply has any medicinal value, let alone [to] support that it’s safe. People are just doing it,” Gottlieb told me.


Our chat came just after I published a story about the FDA’s quest (or perhaps, its struggle) to regulate CBD, or cannabidiol, in dietary supplements.

Gottlieb, like any good (former) regulator, also emphasized that he believes there’s likely a “pharmaceutical opportunity here,” and listed neurological and neuromuscular disorders

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