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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: 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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