The FDA’s Vague Warning Confuses Consumers Even More About CBD Products

Last week, the FDA finally released updated guidelines for consumer CBD use after months of deliberation, in which it warned against products with hemp-derived cannabidiol.

The FDA’s release singled out 15 companies for illegally selling CBD items, further contributing to fear of an eventual all-out ban. Still, the decision is diluted given that both the World Health Organization and the National Institute on Drug Abuse don’t appear to be worried about any health risks of CBD use among consumers.

Almost three quarters of American consumers presume CBD sales are being moderated by the government according to Forbes. As Forbes first reported, a new survey conducted in October by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) found that 76% of adults assume cannabidiol (CBD) has the government’s stamp of approval. Furthermore, of the 2,056 subjects surveyed, 53% believed that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates CBD.

Unregulated CBD products have flooded the markets. Consumers can find them at the local corner store, health food stores, supermarkets, clothing stores and many thousands of small businesses as topicals, oils and tinctures, edibles, or capsule-style supplements.

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