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posted by cmn32480 on Thursday November 02 2017, @04:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the it-cures-everything dept.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning four companies that sell products containing cannabidiol (CBD) to stop making unsubstantiated health claims, such as "combats tumor and cancer cells":

The FDA has grown increasingly concerned at the proliferation of products claiming to treat or cure serious diseases like cancer. In this case, the illegally sold products allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD), a component of the marijuana plant that is not FDA approved in any drug product for any indication. CBD is marketed in a variety of product types, such as oil drops, capsules, syrups, teas, and topical lotions and creams. The companies receiving warning letters distributed the products with unsubstantiated claims regarding preventing, reversing or curing cancer; killing/inhibiting cancer cells or tumors; or other similar anti-cancer claims. Some of the products were also marketed as an alternative or additional treatment for Alzheimer's and other serious diseases.

The companies in question are Greenroads Health, Natural Alchemist, That's Natural! Marketing and Consulting, and Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC.

Also at Bloomberg, The Cannabist, The Hill, NBC, and Newsweek.

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Immerman on Thursday November 02 2017, @04:36PM (6 children)

    by Immerman (3985) on Thursday November 02 2017, @04:36PM (#591128)

    FDA: Cannabis has no accepted medicinal uses.
    Researcher: We've shown that it's extremely effective against seizures, Tourette Syndrome, etc., etc., etc., and even has some very promising anti-carcinogenic properties.
    FDA: Your independent research does not entitle you to advertise medical claims.
    Researcher: Then lets do some FDA approved tests.
    FDA: We can't do that, cannabis is completely illegal.
    Researcher: Why?
    FDA: Because it has no accepted medicinal uses.

    And of course in that atmosphere the crackpots and snake-oil salesmen come out of the woodwork as well.

    • (Score: 2) by Pino P on Thursday November 02 2017, @04:52PM (2 children)

      by Pino P (4721) on Thursday November 02 2017, @04:52PM (#591149) Journal

      Then do the clinical trials in countries that aren't the United States of America.

      • (Score: 5, Funny) by bob_super on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:09PM (1 child)

        by bob_super (1357) on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:09PM (#591160)

        You can't trust Canadians or West Europeans to know what's good for US health.

        On the other hand, you can trust food supplement and vitamins manufacturers to claim anything they want about their products without studies, because they are good Americans with a Senator in the family, not evil pot pushers.

        • (Score: 3, Touché) by Grishnakh on Thursday November 02 2017, @06:04PM

          by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday November 02 2017, @06:04PM (#591202)

          Exactly. This is garbage: the CBD sellers should be able to make any crazy claims they want. If the supplement sellers and chiropractors and naturopathic "doctors" can make unsubstantiated claims about their cure-alls, then anyone else should be allowed to as well. As long as those groups are allowed to push their snake oil, we really shouldn't even have an FDA.

    • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:22PM (2 children)

      by DeathMonkey (1380) on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:22PM (#591168) Journal

      FDA: Cannabis has no accepted medicinal uses.

      The DEA schedules drugs, not the FDA.

      DEA says marijuana has no medical use; pot remains listed as dangerous [seattletimes.com]

      • (Score: 4, Informative) by Pino P on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:25PM

        by Pino P (4721) on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:25PM (#591170) Journal

        The DEA defers to the FDA when de-scheduling Schedule I substances.

      • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:41PM

        by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:41PM (#591182) Journal

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controlled_Substances_Act [wikipedia.org]

        The legislation created five Schedules (classifications), with varying qualifications for a substance to be included in each. Two federal agencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), determine which substances are added to or removed from the various schedules, although the statute passed by Congress created the initial listing.

        [...] Schedule I substances are described as those that have the following findings:

        1. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
        2. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
        3. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Snow on Thursday November 02 2017, @04:36PM (2 children)

    by Snow (1601) on Thursday November 02 2017, @04:36PM (#591129) Journal

    I used to be a 5'2" little black kid, then I started smoking weed, and now I'm 6' and white.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:31PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:31PM (#591178)

      * YMMV. Offer not valid in Tennessee.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02 2017, @07:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02 2017, @07:45PM (#591288)

      Yeah, okay, Michael, and now you're dead!

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by DannyB on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:49PM (6 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 02 2017, @05:49PM (#591188) Journal

    Last June I happened to be vacationing in Colorado.

    At individual dispensaries people give all kinds of advice to people looking for "treatment" of various things. Some of that advice is appallingly bad.

    One peeve that I've kept as a long time pet is the: "it's natural!" as if that means it is necessarily good and something processed or chemically produced is necessarily bad. Dog excrement is natural, but probably not very good medicine. Any modern drugstore is filled with large numbers of "not natural" medicines that for most of human history would have been considered nothing less than absolutely miraculous. Effective, over the counter treatments for many, many common ailments that have afflicted people throughout history. Everything from athlete's foot to runny nose.

    If the "product" sold at a dispensary helps you, then good for you! Personally, I found them about as effective as tylenol, and for much worse pain less effective than half a tablet of hydrocodone. And here's the kicker. Hydrocodone, prescribed by a physician is cheap. Cheap. Way cheaper than what the dispensaries are selling. The only drawback that is in the forefront of my mind is the potential for tolerance, then dependence, then addiction.

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    • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Thursday November 02 2017, @08:00PM (2 children)

      by LoRdTAW (3755) on Thursday November 02 2017, @08:00PM (#591300) Journal

      The only drawback that is in the forefront of my mind is the potential for tolerance, then dependence, then addiction.

      But it's so cheap!

      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday November 02 2017, @08:10PM (1 child)

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 02 2017, @08:10PM (#591309) Journal

        Not cheap if you get addicted. In several different senses of not cheap. Only take them if you need them. They are a tool to improve your quality of life, not to get high.

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        • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02 2017, @09:16PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02 2017, @09:16PM (#591348)

          They are a tool to improve your quality of life, not to get high.

          The two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. There are many highs that are safer than scare-oin. Magic mushrooms for example. They can be misused, sure, but getting high for fun is not a bad thing and fun can improve your quality of life. Not everything has to be treated as medicine or a religious experience.

    • (Score: 2) by Post-Nihilist on Thursday November 02 2017, @09:30PM (2 children)

      by Post-Nihilist (5672) on Thursday November 02 2017, @09:30PM (#591361)

      For inflammation based pain it work better than Tylenol and advil.
      Compared to the cadillac of pain relief that is hydrocodone well it is weak and nonaddictive.
      For nausea, smoked cannabis is well above any other antiemetic...

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      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday November 03 2017, @01:59PM (1 child)

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday November 03 2017, @01:59PM (#591666) Journal

        Since I already take (cheap, 40 year old) prescription NSAIDs, that might explain why it had little effect. I never have nausea because I avoid oxycodone. I suppose if either of my dr's thought I was having any trouble with occasional hydrocodone use, I would be looking for some alternative. Of course, I truly hope the smoked or otherwise ingested weed product helps people who can genuinely benefit from it. I just didn't see any benefit for myself, and especially didn't see it as cost effective.

        Of course, there is the getting high thing. But then you end up with Java code that looks like it was written by a Perl programmer.

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        • (Score: 2) by Post-Nihilist on Friday November 03 2017, @06:27PM

          by Post-Nihilist (5672) on Friday November 03 2017, @06:27PM (#591789)

          What to you have against with liberal use regexs in my Java code ;)

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02 2017, @07:34PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 02 2017, @07:34PM (#591279)

    go back to raiding housewives for raw milk you jackbooted pieces of shit.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 03 2017, @02:58PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 03 2017, @02:58PM (#591692)

      Go back to drinking snake oil, moron.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Post-Nihilist on Thursday November 02 2017, @09:17PM (1 child)

    by Post-Nihilist (5672) on Thursday November 02 2017, @09:17PM (#591351)

    https://www.google.ca/patents/US6630507 [google.ca]

    ABSTRACT
    Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH3, and COCH3.

    That patent is issues to The United States Of America As Represented By The Department Of Health And Human Services... Can you get more hypocritical than that

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    • (Score: 2) by Post-Nihilist on Thursday November 02 2017, @09:46PM

      by Post-Nihilist (5672) on Thursday November 02 2017, @09:46PM (#591374)

      Thinking about it can't those company just give potential customer a copy of this patent?

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by digitalaudiorock on Thursday November 02 2017, @11:52PM (1 child)

    by digitalaudiorock (688) on Thursday November 02 2017, @11:52PM (#591418) Journal

    Too bad they didn't crack down on "Unsubstantiated claims" about Oxy before it made addicts or dead people out of so many...but I guess that would just make too much sense and there's way too much $$ at stake.

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday November 03 2017, @02:01PM

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Friday November 03 2017, @02:01PM (#591667) Journal

      Yep. It is amazing that they wouldn't recognize the potential harm and have had better controls or prescribing instructions.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 03 2017, @12:01AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 03 2017, @12:01AM (#591419)

    Ensuring the quality of ...

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