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Does CBD Work?

Question:
Is CBD (cannabidiol) helpful and safe? Is it legal?

Answer:

Efficacy:
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound derived from cannabis (a hemp plant also known as marijuana). However, unlike other compounds found in cannabis, such as THC, cannabidiol is not believed to be a psychoactive compound affecting perception, and behavior. Preliminary evidence suggests CBD may modestly reduce anxiety, certain measures of dystonia (a movement disorder), and glaucoma (Health Canada 2013).

A placebo-controlled clinical trial found a high daily dose of CBD (20 mg per kg of body weight, i.e., hundreds of milligrams) to reduce the frequency of convulsions in a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome in children and young adults, although it was also associated with a higher rate of adverse effects including diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, pyrexia, somnolence, and abnormal results on liver-function tests (Devinsky, New Eng J Med 2017). Similarly, the same high daily dose reduced the number of drop  seizures among people with treatment-resistant Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in a 3-month study. Seizures per month decreased 44% with CBD compared to 22% with placebo; however, again, those taking CBD also had a higher rate of adverse effects including diarrhea, somnolence, fever, decreased appetite, and vomiting (Thiele, Lancet 2018).

A study of high-dose CBD (1,000 mg per day) among adults with schizophrenia found that adding CBD rather than placebo to existing treatments for six weeks reduced psychotic symptoms and caused a trend, although not statistically significant, toward improved performance on cognitive tasks. In this study, CBD was given in two divided doses (morning and evening) and was well tolerated with no increase in adverse effects (McGuire, Am J Psy 2017).

Legality:
Although CBD is not psychoactive, it is not permitted to be sold an ingredient in dietary supplements, as the FDA considers it an investigational new drug. (Note: If an ingredient is marketed as a supplement prior to the FDA authorizing its investigation as a drug, it may continue to be marketed as a supplement, but this was not the case with CBD, according to the FDA). Two conditions for which CBD has been or is being investigated as a new drug are cancer pain and, as noted above, Dravet syndrome (view a list here of completed, ongoing, and planned studies with cannabidiol). In Canada, cannabidiol is a controlled substance. 

Despite the fact that CBD cannot be legally sold in the U.S. as a dietary supplement, many CBD products are available. These include oils and capsules sold as supplements and CBC waters sold as foods. In February 2016, the U.S. FDA issued warning letters to eight companies selling products containing cannabidiol. The FDA also published the amounts of CBD, THC and other cannabis compounds it found in these products and those tested in 2015 (click here and select the year to view). Many products did not contain the levels of CBD they claimed. The FDA cautions that "Consumers should beware purchasing and using any such products." Most products contained very small concentrations of CBD — similar to what is normally found in hemp oil (about 0.0025% CBD) while others contained very large concentrations (25% to 35% CBD) yielding doses similar to those used in clinical trials (typically 200 mg or more per day).

The reason why hemp oils would not be expected to contain much CBD is that hemp oil is typically made from hemp seeds (i.e., hempseed oil), which contain little CBD. CBD is not found within in the seed (although some may contaminate the surface); it is principally found in the flowers and, to a lesser extent, the upper leaves of the hemp plant. A "CBD oil" product is typically an oil, such as from hemp seed or other sources, to which a CBD extract (from hemp flowers) has been added (Mead, Epilepsy & Behavior 2017). [NOTE: In February 2018, ConsumerLab.com published its Review of CBD and Hemp Oils and Pills, providing tests, comparisons, and reviews of popular CBD-containing supplements and products for people and pets, and updated information about CBD. CL also tested hempseed oils as part of its review of seed oil supplements as sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.] 

At least one seller of CBD supplements to the public, PlusCBD LTD, appears to claim that is not illegal to sell these products if they are derived from "industrial" or "agricultural" hemp. Industrial hemp is typically a larger plant with more stalk and less leaves and flowers than that used to produce marijuana or CBD for medical use. It is grown for its fiber (for textiles) and seeds (as food and oil), which would be very low in THC (less than 0.3%) and CBD. It is true that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has stated that CBD in trace amounts from cannabis stalk or seeds is not a controlled substance, in contrast to CBD derived from cannabis flower which is a controlled substance -- despite the compound being the same. However, this does not seem to override the FDA's position that CBD cannot be sold as dietary supplement. It would also seem difficult to obtain large quantities of CBD from industrial hemp or cannabis stalk. To help CL members understand how much CBD is actually in oils, capsules, and waters made from hemp, ConsumerLab.com will be testing these products for CBD.

Many states now have medical marijuana laws that permit products with high CBD content to be sold by approved dispensaries and used by residents for medical purposes recommended by a healthcare provider. In addition, several states without medical marijuana laws allow products that are high in CBD (e.g., at least 5%, 10%, or 15% CBD) and low in THC (typically less than 0.3%) to be used for specific medical purposes (typically intractable epilepsy) as approved or recommended by a healthcare professional (See list of states on ProCon.org). However, these state laws do not make the general sale of such products legal, and some specifically require that the products be purchased out-of-state.

Safety concerns:
CBD can cause side effects and interact with certain medications and conditions, although these effects have typically been reported only with very high daily intake, i.e., hundreds of milligrams daily.

  • High daily doses of CBD (20 mg per kg of body weight, i.e., hundreds of milligrams) may cause decreased appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, fever, somnolence, and abnormal results on liver-function tests (Devinsky, New Eng J Med 2017; Thiele, Lancet 2018).


  • CBD at a dose of 300 mg has been shown to worsen symptoms of Parkinson's disease (Consroe, Int J Neurosci, 1986).


  • CBD should be used with caution with sedative and sleep-inducing medications, as it may enhance their effects.


  • CBD can increase blood serum levels of antiepleptic drugs (Gaston, Epilepsia 2017). CBD may increase the blood-thinning effects of warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) likely because CBD competes for the same liver enzymes that break down warfarin and other drugs. This was observed in a man with post-stroke epilepsy taking warfarin: His INR (a measure of how long it takes blood to clot) began increasing several weeks after starting CBD (Epidiolex, Greenwich Biosciences, Inc.) for his seizures. His CBD dosing started with several hundred milligrams daily and increased to over 1,000 mg, at which point his warfarin dose had been reduced by approximately 30% (Grayson, Epilepsy Behav Case Rep 2017).

 

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COMMENTS

jonathan16776   May 3, 2018
Have there been any reports of individuals getting "high" with large doses of CBD?

ConsumerLab.com   May 7, 2018
Hi Jonathan - We are not aware of any reports of this occurring. Very high doses of CBD can cause somnolence (sleepiness) and other side effects (see the Concerns and Cautions section of the CBD Review -- https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/cbd-oil-hemp-review/cbd-oil/#cautions ); however, unlike the cannabis compound THC, CBD is not thought to have psychoactive effects.

Tim and Joe16488   February 21, 2018
I live in Colorado where we are ever so slightly more free than many of the other states, and so we can buy CBD products without having to look out for the cops. I have anterior rotation of my hips, and recently 'put out my back'... the chiropractor has been doing decompression therapy on me to help with the rotation, but this causes even more back pain (gets worse before it gets better sort of thing)... he asked me if he could try some cream on me, and explained what it was. The brand is "CBD Clinic - Pro Sport level 5" I had been in pain for weeks. he put the cream on my back, and gave me a sample packet to put on before bed. I woke up in the morning pain free! The trouble is that it costs $80 for only 44 grams (!!!) no, that's not a type-o.
I am a competitive athlete, and so need to be mobile. I am now in desperate search for a high concentration of CBD oil that I can massage directly into my muscles rather than paying an outrageous amount of money for someone to blend together with coconut oil and menthol into a topical cream and put into a deceptive container(the container has a smaller container inside that contains the actual cream so you are getting half the amount that you think you are getting from looking at the container). The trouble is... the stuff works.

ConsumerLab.com   February 22, 2018
Good to hear that you are getting relief from that product, but be aware that that product is not 44 grams of CBD. The website indicates only that it is 44 grams of an ointment with active ingredients listed as 16% Menthol and 11% Camphor. It also contains smaller (but not quantified) amounts of Natural Emolients and Hemp Extract. It's not at all clear how much hemp extract is in the product, let alone the amount of CBD in the hemp extract. It's possible that you are getting relief from the other ingredients. Nevertheless, if you want CBD at lowest cost, our tests identified two products for which the cost is about 80 cents per 10 mg -- compared to as much as $4 for the same amount from other products. The CBD & Hemp Extract Review is found at https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/cbd-oil-hemp-review/cbd-oil/

Renata16427   February 5, 2018
Could you test Endoca CBD oil, 1500 mg of CBD.

Arch16386   January 29, 2018
The alarming thing about the results on the FDA website indicate 90 percent of the products have no more than a trace of what they claim. Is it either ignorance of how to process the material or outright fraud?

ConsumerLab.com   February 7, 2018
Hi Arch - It is true that the FDA found some products contained very little of the claimed CBD, but this was not as high as 90%, as you state.

Virginia16384   January 29, 2018
Please test and review CBD Oil from therawfoodworld.com. They sell 250mg; 300mg with cinnamon; 500mg w/peppermint; 500mg w/orange; 1000mg; 5000mg; 2500mg; 120mg for animals (dogs, horses, etc.); 120mg w/catnip for cats; liposomal nano-CBD spray 250mg.

The brand is The Raw Food World brand.

Marilyn16376   January 28, 2018
I've been using Bluebird Botanical's CBD 15 mg, full spectrum cannabinoids per soft gel caps, for insomnia for months. Great results, would love to see a Consumer Labs review of their products. I was referred to this company by a Vet Oncologist for my dog who had bone cancer. It really helped with her pain and provided sedation.The company claims that every batch that they produce is reviewed by a third party which provides a Certificate of Analysis.

ConsumerLab.com   July 8, 2018
Hi Marilyn - Bluebird Botanicals is among the brands that we recently tested. Results are in our report at https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/cbd-oil-hemp-review/cbd-oil/

Carol16319   December 27, 2017
Re Brandon16210 and the FDA warning list. I found the FDA warning list (2016) one of the most useful things I have read on CBD. It seemed the FDA were fussing about labelling and claims more than anything. They sent warning letters to CBD companies about non-compliance in this regard. However, they also, very kindly, published a list of test results for quite a few popular companies. Some had no CBD at all in their CBD oil. This seemed to be of no interest whatsoever to the FDA (again, they were in a tiz about the labels) but it is very useful for us consumers. Charlotte's Web was in trouble for the claims they make and for their 'Realm of Caring' website not being transparent about its commercial connections. Personally, the one and only thing I care about in regards to buying CBD products is - what is in the bottle. And, dear Consumer Lab, this is hopefully where you will come in, and give us some guidance. The sooner the better. Please.

Holli16354   January 15, 2018
Ditto, Carol 16319

r16377   January 28, 2018
Ditto...

Nelson16315   December 27, 2017
I found that Charlotte's web Everyday Hemp Oil helps me have a deeper night sleep in that I seem to toss, turn & dream less which are common for me. In contrast the Elixinol CBD Hemp oil did not seem to provide the same benefits and after 3-4 days of continued use made me a bit nauseous, however it may have been a coincidence. I am very interested in seeing a report that shows how much CBD is actually in these products, any possible contaminant levels and uses for these tinctures.

Dr Arlene16314   December 27, 2017
Please review Canna Companion for veterinary patients. Thank you

Elizabeth16281   December 17, 2017
I'm 87 years old and have been using CBD oil (less than .03% THC) since August this year. I have significant relief from pain and fatigue at a cost I can afford. I found Lazarus Naturals to be the least expensive. More and more people are trying this helpful supplement and it's making the pharmaceutical companies nervous.

There are so many companies jumping on this CBD oil bandwagon, that people don't know what to buy, or if they should. There is a lot of information available on Google. I'm glad ConsumerLab is testing, and I hope they aren't over-influenced by the FDA. I no longer trust the FDA.

Dorothy16280   December 17, 2017
I hope you will test Lazarus Naturals CBD oils, and Elixinol CBD oils. The Lazarus Naturals works well for me for severe arthritis in my back and hips. I like the fact that they post their independent lab results for each batch. I wish all CBD oil companies would do that.

Steven16176   November 8, 2017
I hope you will be testing CW Simply, both the oil and capsules.
It is produced by The Stanley Brothers in Colorado

Brandon16210   November 16, 2017
Stanley Brothers was on the FDA warning list...

Steven16378   January 28, 2018
On warning list just because of health claims.
That doesn't concern me

Estela15638   October 7, 2017
Could you test HempMyPet. Hemp Extract, tinture 250 mg?
Thanks.

Heth15635   October 4, 2017
Please add The Stanley Brother's "Charlotte's Web Everyday Advanced 5000" CBD or hemp extract for analysis. They have a batch analysis performed on all of their products.

Louisa15782   October 18, 2017
I use Charlotte's Web pet formulation CBD oil with a cockatoo parrot who has suffered for years from a self mutilation anxiety neurologic anxiety thrashing syndrome so severe he had to have both wings amputated. Many medication protocols were tried and nothing made much of a difference. It was awful for him.
When I adopted him, my avian veterinarian suggested I try giving him CBD oil, which I get from Charlottes Web, and it has completely transformed him. He is a whole different bird, capapble of relaxing and being affectionate and enjoying his life I am happy beyond words that CBD is available to help this parrot - nothing else helped him.
This parrot has been getting CBD for about 6 months now and it continues to be very effective . I had his bloodwork checked recently - no signs of liver or kidney side effects.

Ruth15591   September 27, 2017
Please add to your review list Prime My Body Hemp oil - I have MS and my son has autism. It has been reccomended for both of us. It's pricey, but I'm willing to spend on it if IRS worth it. I've been a consumer lab subscriber for many many years. Thank you for the work you do. - RuC

Carol15571   September 25, 2017
I have tried hard to unravel the mystery of what is in the CBD products available to buy on the internet and have a very long list of brands that have a bad reputation. CV Sciences, formerly Cannavest, seem to be behind many of the questionable products, but they operate under so many brand names, it is impossible to keep up. I would love test reports on the (seem to be very respected) brands - Dutch Natural Healing, Endoca, Bluebird Botanicals and NuLeaf Naturals. The advise is always to ask for independent test results before buying - but really a company could send one thing to a lab, and something else to customers. Out of interest, I started my research because I bought some CBD paste to try for my crippling arthritis pain. It was horribly expensive and came from a guy, who knew a guy, who said it was really Endoca, but had no labels. It really worked so well, I stopped Mobic and was walking without a brace. The shady guys had been shut down when I went to reorder. I also discovered that Endoca is not available in Australia (where I live). Hence my research into something hopefully as good (who knows what I had) and even more hopefully, at an affordable price. Now I have spent so much money experimenting, I could have bought a return ticket to personally visit Mr. Endoca and buy up half his stock. Please, please Consumer Lab can you get on to testing for us? I know I am not alone in my frustration at how hard it is to know what's what in this industry.

ConsumerLab.com   September 25, 2017
Hi Carol - Yes, we will be testing products claiming to contain CBD. Stay tuned.

Marcia16282   December 17, 2017
Could you test “CBD for Life?” It is sold on The Grommet website. I use the rubs for severe spinal stenosis and arthritis. My doctor says Young Liiving’s Copaiba oil has a higher concentration of pain relief.

Matt15562   September 24, 2017
I am confused. Is there a difference between "dietary supplements" and "supplements" - this distinction appears to be made here in the review as to legality? Or is this reference to legality only referring to the difference between industrial hemp derived CBD and the medical marijuana controlled plant? I've noticed an explosion of CBD products, hemp oils, etc. in the last few months, advertising on social media, etc. and I've read from other articles that CBD extracted from industrial hemp, if isolated properly, is no different molecularly or in effects, than that extracted from the marijuana plant, and that the CBD extracted from hemp IS legal in all 50 states. Could you clarify in a more obvious way these subtle points. Is the FDA moving to even restrict CBD isolated from industrial hemp, or only from the marijuana plant?

ConsumerLab.com   September 25, 2017
As discussed above, the DEA has said that products containg CBD from agrcultural hemp are not controlled substances, but that does not make make it legal to sell CBD as a (dietary) supplement, as the FDA has said that CBD is a drug and, not a supplement. Medical use of CBD is legal in many, but not all, states, as noted above, but the products cannot necessarily be legally sold in those same states. Hope that helps a bit. It is tricky and evolving area.

Matt15574   September 25, 2017
Thank you for your response. It is still not clear to me. Tricky is an understatement. It appears that it was the DEA that put it on schedule 1 in Dec. 2016, and per legal precedent from the DEA's previous loss at the same effort, in the "Hemp Industries Association v. DEA" legal case 14 years ago, it is being challenged again? The FDA also just closed a consumer comment request on 9/13/17 in collaboration with the UN/WHO review on CBD and the FDA acknowledged it is on Schedule 1, they stated it was the only "beneficial" substance on the list under review.

What I don't understand is how it can illegal, yet sold nearly everywhere, at the same time? It is illegal and legal at the same time?

ConsumerLab.com   September 25, 2017
Hi Matt - Some of the CBD products being sold are not legally permitted to be sold and the FDA has sent Warning Letters to several companies, as noted above.

Linda15541   September 15, 2017
Can you please add: Infused Creations, Peach Rings PURE CBD 50 mg and CBD Living Freeze Roll on in your study? Thanks so much

Howard15539   September 15, 2017
Would you please include Cannalife CBD Tincture in your study? A kind, generous friend gave my wife a bottle to help with her RA symptoms while we were vacationing in Canada. She will not use it until we find out if it is legal to possess and her doctors give her the go ahead, but we would be interested in the test results.

JERRY15536   September 15, 2017
Can you please test primemybody CBD oil?

I have been a Consumerlab member for years. You are great!

Jerry

ConsumerLab.com   September 15, 2017
Thank you, Jerry. We will consider that. We have received many suggestions this week of products.

susanne15529   September 13, 2017
I bought some CBD oil from a quality pet store to try on our senior Chihuahua. He has arthritis and a bad heart murmur. At first it really seemed to help with his pain and he was much more mobile. After a few weeks he started getting more lethargic and not eating. I did some research and discovered it should not be given along with any medications that are metabolized by the liver. It causes these meds to build up in the body so he was exhibiting symptoms of overdose of his heart medications. I stopped the CBD oil and he got started eating and seemed to feel better. Give with caution if your pet is on other meds.

Elizabeth15521   September 13, 2017
To my knowledge hemp oil, is not made from hemp seeds. You can read the manufacturer's claims.

I'm 87 and found the CBD oil does relieve my aches and pains, and clears my mind. The results aren't like prescription drugs; they aren't usually immediate. People have differing results. There are recommendations for the amount to take and you are wise to heed them. I use Blubird Botanicals and ran out a couple days ago, and I can definitely feel the difference. I expect a new order tomorrow. For me, the expense is worth it. There are several online sites where you can receive much information.

Beware of the Pure Natural brand. It offers a free trial, but in the small print you are signing up for a monthly supply at full cost. The BBB has a report on this.

ConsumerLab.com   September 13, 2017
Thank you for your comment, Elizabeth. Please note that hemp oil may be made with hemp seeds or other parts of the plant. Commonly hempseed oil is called hemp oil.

Elizabeth15524   September 13, 2017
Yes, you are right, and the manufacturer should tell you how the CBD is made. I meant to say that CBD oil isn't made from the seeds, from what I've read.

Bonnie15515   September 13, 2017
I am an acupuncturist in California. I am being ask about CBD frequently now. This is what one of my clients had to say about it. (used by permission). "I started taking some of the CBD oil through a company called Charlottes Web. I bought it at the Remedy Pharmacy in Torrance on Hawthorne Boulevard, but you can also order online. I didn't have incredible overnight success with it like the women at the seminar we went to did, but I am having less pain and sleeping better. I don't know if it's a true change or just placebo effect, but I'll take it either way :-)"

Fabian15513   September 13, 2017
Thank You kindly for investigating CBD supplements - We have several medical conditions in our family and at times we feel desperate for relief - If these supplements help the way we are hearing they do, we need the road map that you may provide to safely investigate them - Bless you

Rick15512   September 13, 2017
I suffer from incredible pain relating to a Celiac artery surgery that left me with a 19 in scar around my waist. The pain is along, above and below the scar area. I take 5 Percocets 10/325 daily, one every 4.5 hours. In Az medical marijuana is legal with a card from a physician. I tried Vital Tincture oil CBD 100 under the tongue. I didn't see any relief with it. On a recommendation I tried a Vape Pen with CBD oil from my local dispensaries. I get instant relief for anywhere between a half and hour to a couple of hours. When I'm awaken in the morning from pain, I take 2 puffs from the Vape Pen and one Percocet. My pain is reduced substantially while waiting for the pain pill to take effect. I'm NOT recommending anything here, just letting you know how it helps me. By the way, I'm 71 and have been with this pain for over 5 years since the surgery. I've had CT, CT with contrast, MRI etc and nothing irregular was ever found from the surgery.

Roberta15511   September 13, 2017
I have been using Plis CBD Oil 15 mg.for about a year for fibromyalgia pain. It is some help. I have ordered Liberty Lixir from Liberty Lotion because other fm sufferers have raved about it.

marietta15508   September 13, 2017
I have been using KOI CBD oil for the last month, 1,000 mg twice a day under my tongue for nerve pain in my colon after many years of constipation, but after a month I am having no results. Anyone used this product before?

Martin15500   September 12, 2017
I gave my mother cannabis oil for her lymphoma and a lung tumor -- one dropper a day under the tongue. Her tumor did not grow and she had better capability with her ADLs. The FDA is protecting money interests of Big Pharm, and until they can corner the product for that purpose, they will continue imposing mandates on legal sales.

Chris15518   September 13, 2017
Exactly Martin!

Carol15488   September 6, 2017
I started taking CBD oil about 4 weeks ago at the recommendation of a young friend of the family. This friend gets if from a dispensary in LA for his grandmother - 90 yo. She is able to walk again. CBD lessens my pain from fibromyalgia and bad arthritis pretty much everywhere in my body. I went to a health food store and bought some capsules first. They worked mildly. But the tincture in dropper form from the dispensary works much better. It does not affect my sleep. I was taking an opiate daily. Now I only need it maybe every 5 days or so. What could be better than than?!

Merle15484   September 3, 2017
I am a chronic pain patient who lives in NYS. I have been suffering with this condition for 7 years. I am now legally registered for medical marijuana. I only take CBD products, because I don't like how the THC makes me feel. While expensive, it provides significant relief, better than any of my prescription drugs do. I highly recommend that anyone with Chronic Pain Syndrome consider going through the relatively easy evaluation process so that you can try products currently legally on the market.


Susan15480   September 3, 2017
I have been giving CBD dog cookies to my dogs with impending thunder storms and fireworks. It has transformed terrified animals into calm and relaxed pets. Something seems to be working on their anxiety. I have no financial interest. I do buy the products from a Vet.

Christine15493   September 10, 2017
You might want to look into a product for pets called the ThunderShirt, designed for just such a purpose. Should be available at most pet stores near you, and online.

ConsumerLab.com   September 11, 2017
Thank you. We will look into this product.

Patricia15501   September 13, 2017
We had a Westie who was a calm dog under ordinary circumstances but fireworks and thunder reduced him to a quivering mess. The Thunder Shirt was heavily promoted and advertised so we bought one for him and tried it for a couple years. It calmed him a little bit but he would still remain panicked from the noise. Prior to the next 4th of July I purchased The Anxiety Wrap® which was the first such product on the market before Thunder Shirt. Its manner of fastening provides a more secure and tight fitting compression of the animal's chest. When the fireworks started he perked but didn't even whimper and remained calm throughout the couple hours they lasted. The following year he didn't even need to wear the Anxiety Wrap®. It solved all his problems for fireworks and thunderstorms in one wearing.

Dorothy16201   November 15, 2017
Thundershirts have a great reputation but not all animals will tolerate them. We tried them on our cats. One accepted it and calmed down. The other one freaked out.

Linda16277   December 17, 2017
thunder shirts did not work on my two mini schnausers , nor my german shephard. If they were still with us , I would certainly try it for them.

renee 13916   April 14, 2017
I'd like to see Consumerlab do a thorough review of the various CBD oils out there. Looking around on the internet for genuine info on this is frustrating to say the least.

ConsumerLab.com   April 18, 2017
Thank you for your suggestion Renee. We are considering testing such products.

Jeanne15481   September 3, 2017
CBD oil is legally sold in Texas, as long as it contains no THC.

ConsumerLab.com   September 7, 2017
Although the product may be for sale, it's actually not legal to sell CBD oil in any state, other than from approved dispensaries, as noted in our main answer above. Hemp oil (which contains little CBD) is legal to sell.

Alicia11380   November 10, 2016
Although I am not a fan of the FDA (reasons for which would turn this comment into a book) but nonetheless I'm glad they tested some of these CBD products and came down on the manufacturers.
Extracting organic CBD oil in a pure manner is not a cheap process but there are a lot of sites selling relatively inexpensive CBD oil products. There are just too many manufacturers and 3rd parry suppliers jumping on the CBD bandwagon and unfortunately the majority of them are just looking to make a quick buck. There are a few sites that offer a lot of CBD information and that makes them look more legitimate, but even one of those I question as they're forever adding new products and offering discounts; in addition their customer service was great when they offered their first product but they've since concentrated on new products and discount pricing to the point that customer service is now far below expectations. There is only one site that I completely trust; for their information, product and customer service.
With CBD products, it is definitely a case of Cave at Emptor!. I wish that the FDA would test each and every CBD product and display the result for the public; perhaps we'd rid the internet of fraudulent CBD sellers once and for all.

Anne15564   September 24, 2017
Alicia, I have been an adult/geriatric RN in Colorado for over 26 years working from the ICU setting to hospice/home care. I have seen positive evidence of CBD for multiple conditions in my patients but it is difficult to make any recommendations as to where consumers can find trustworthy information and products. Can you shared the site you are referring to and a little more about your experience with the company and products? Thank you much in advance! ~ Anne

Holli16355   January 15, 2018
I would also like to know

judith16382   January 28, 2018
I do wonder whether the FDA does have a conflict of interest when it comes to favouring the pharmaceutical industry:The author, Genevieve Pham-Kanter, reviewed how financial interests affected the voting behavior of nearly 1,400 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee members who took part in the decision process for Center for Drug and Evaluation Research between 1997 and 2011.

Conflicts of Interest Rampant Among FDA Advisors

In all, the 1,400 FDA advisory committee members cast nearly 15,740 votes between 1997 and 2011. After carefully examining the financial relationships between these committee members and drug makers, Pham-Kanter's study2 showed that:

• On average, 13 percent of the members in any given committee had financial interest in the company whose drug was up for a review by that committee.

• About one-third of financial interests involved consulting for a drug maker; 25 percent involved ownership interest; 14 percent involved serving on an industry advisory board or steering committee.

• Committee members with financial ties to the company sponsoring the drug under review voted in favour of approval 63 percent of the time, while members who did not have financial ties had a 52 percent chance of favouring approval.

• Committee members who served on a sponsoring firm's advisory board had a whopping 84 percent chance of voting in favour of the drug's approval.

• Committee members with financial ties to several competing drug firms did not, on average, show pro-industry bias in their voting behaviour.

Sandra11377   November 9, 2016
I've recently been researching about and have used CBD oils in various forms. It helps my anxiety, I just feel calmer in general. It also takes the edge off my pains and muscle spasms and apparently I am sleeping better because I am dreaming again. I have not dreamed in a several years. All of this relief without feeling high.

Thomas11378   November 9, 2016
Wifey and i started a daily cbd regime 20 days ago. We take our daily sublingual gel dose prophylactically and have no particular health issues other than mild hip arthritis. It's a very expensive product delivered in easily dispensed plastic syringes.
Although some folks have reported a side effect of sleepiness, i seem to have experienced the opposite. The 3pm daily naps i've taken for years are no longer necessary. It's weird ! I can't assign the nap-skipping to anything else i'm doing and don't notice any perceivable energy surge or alertness. Is it the cbd? Who knows.

lisa12828   March 14, 2017
Can you tell me what brand you use? I am looking for something for anxiety and I am getting very confused with everything on the internet. Lm

Naomi15486   September 6, 2017
FYI - My son's primary care physician, who is an MD with additional training in Functional medicine, sells and prescribes a brand called Colorado Hemp Oil. It is very expensive but my son finds it works really well for his anxiety. Not a cure but he definitely finds helps. Hope you find this helpful.

Judy15498   September 11, 2017
I use that as well. I get if from my dentist and the company that sells it is Quicksilver.

Bob15499   September 11, 2017
Hello, I'm not understanding this. I'm looking for CBD products and went to the FDA page you link to that has the list of products/companies they sent warning letters to. I then tried a few of those companies and it appears they still have the products for sale. Can anyone explain what's going on with this? Thanks.

ConsumerLab.com   September 14, 2017
Hi Bob - It is possible that those companies either resolved the issues or ignored the warnings, in which case they risk legal action.

Cathy16381   January 28, 2018
I use that as well. It only has 12 mg of cbd oil in 2 ml. That is a small amount for a high price. Not sure how much to use and how often! Looking forward to CL results!!!!


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