Why CBD Medical Claims Can’t Be Made Yet – SPONSORED
People across the globe are using CBD oil to improve their physical and mental health for a variety of conditions, but what exactly is CBD, and why don’t we see more medical claims about its purported benefits?
What is CBD?
The letters “CBD” are an abbreviation of Cannabidiol, a compound derived from the cannabis sativa plant. Yes, this is the same plant that produces marijuana, but the difference lies in the amount of THC found in the plant’s specific strain. THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol, and THC is responsible for marijuana’s well-known “high.”
In contrast, cannabis plants containing less than 0.3% THC (which is considered only a trace amount) are non-intoxicating and are classified as “industrial hemp,” as per the most recent U.S. Farm Bill. CBD oil made from industrial hemp is federally legal and does not produce any “high.”
Why is CBD Oil Suddenly on Trend?
The main reason you now see CBD oil everywhere is that when the U.S. Farm Bill passed in December of 2018, it federally legalized CBD oil, making it more accessible to consumers in search of its healing potential. This increase in availability led to an increase in demand for CBD, which then created a boom in new companies and manufacturers.
In addition, consumers who could not normally take medical marijuana for a variety of reasons, are finding they can get many of the same benefits with CBD oil. Some individuals can’t take MMJ due to:
- Job restrictions or random drug screening
- Sensitivity to THC
- Local or state legislation prohibiting marijuana or medical marijuana
- Unavailability of medical marijuana in their state
- The need to drive or operate heavy machinery
- The need to remain lucid in order to care for children and others
Individuals who take CBD oil are often looking to resolve many of the same health issues as those taking medical marijuana but without the “high” of marijuana. This makes CBD more useful to a greater volume of consumers, hence the boom in the industry.
Where is the Medical Evidence?
A quick search online will provide you with copious amounts of anecdotal evidence regarding CBD oil’s benefits. A more in-depth search reveals numerous scientific studies and pre-clinical trials, but why then are CBD manufacturers prohibited from making any medical claims? There are a few reasons for this:
- Industrial hemp was legally federalized, creating a boom in consumer demand before the FDA had adequate time to evaluate and review the existing research around CBD’s effectiveness.
- Universities and medical institutions have only been authorized to develop testing and trials around cannabis since the Farm Bill passed by Obama in 2014. While many trials and studies are currently underway, these processes take time. Therefore, it will be a while before a substantial body of medical evidence is available regarding definitive scientific results from CBD.
- The FDA is a slow-moving giant. In fact, in 2019, the FDA just updated the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake, formerly called Recommended Daily Allowance) for vitamins and minerals for the first time in 30 years. Yet still, some of the most long-standing and well-known natural remedies have to include the standard disclaimer on their packaging that says, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.”
- Not only has the FDA not yet decided how to regulate CBD oil packaging, marketing, or dosing, but it hasn’t even yet decided whether to classify it as a food additive, supplement, etc.
- The FDA has approved one CBD drug: Epidiolex, used in treating certain rare forms of epilepsy in children. Cannabis industry experts expect more approvals to follow this breakthrough.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed CBD oil to be “safe for general use.” Rather than waiting for years (or decades) for manufacturers to be granted permission to make medical claims about its efficacy, why not buy CBD oil for yourself and see what it can do for you?