Posted February 13, 2016

Cannabis Compound Not Permitted in Supplements, FDA Warns

On February 4, 2016, the FDA issued warning letters to eight companies selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from cannabis (also known as marijuana). In the U.S., cannabidiol is not permitted to be sold as an ingredient in dietary supplements.

Unlike other compounds found in cannabis, such as THC, cannabidiol is not a psychoactive compound. Preliminary evidence suggests cannabidiol may modestly reduce anxiety, and certain measures of dystonia (a movement disorder) and glaucoma in some people (Health Canada 2013). In the U.S. cannabidiol has been authorized for investigation as a new drug for cancer pain and a rare form of epilepsy, Dravet's syndrome. Cannabidiol appears to be a controlled substance in Canada. 

Use the links below to read the warning letter for each company:

  • HealthyHempOil.com, which sells product such as Herbal Renewals Gold CBD Oil and Herbal Renewals Gold CBD Oil.
  • ABC Productions, which sells product such as CBDy CBD Drops Unflavored Hemp Oil Supplement Cannabidiol Tincture.
  • Dose of Nature, which sells product such as Red Strap Hemp Extract Quick FX 1x - 288mg and Sweet CBD 250 mg — Water Soluble CBD.
  • Green Garden Gold, LLC, which sells product such as Regular CBD-Oil 100mg and CBD Strawberry Jam.
  • Michigan Herbal Remedies, LLC (aka MHR LLC), which sells product such as Bluebird Botanicals Bulletproof CBD Blend and Tasty Hemp Oil Tasty Drops.
  • MorgueJuice.com, which sells product such as Morgue Juice.
  • PainBomb, LLC, which sells product such as PainBomb+CBD and PainBomb.
  • Sana Te Oils, which sells product such as Premium Hemp CBD Oil Capsules.
  • HealthyHempOil.com, which sells product such as "Herbal Renewals Gold CBD Oil and Herbal Renewals Gold CBD Oil.
The FDA has published the amounts of CBD, THC and other cannabis compounds found in its recent testing these products, as well as from tests of other products in 2015. Many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain and 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%) while others contained very large amounts of CBD (25% to 35%) yielding doses similar to those used in clinical trials (typically 200 mg or more per day). 

For more warnings and recalls, use the link below.