The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated last week that cannabis does not cure cancer and that the substance has not been proven to get rid of tumor cells. The FDA also expressed increasing concern about the proliferation of products that claim to cure serious diseases such as cancer.
According to the agency, the “deceptive marketing” of treatments that are still unproven is equivalent to “health fraud.” As a result, this may keep patients from seeking the appropriate and recognized therapies and treatment plans for serious medical conditions.
FDA warns four companies
As part of its continuous efforts to protect American consumers from health fraud, the FDA issued letters of warning to four companies that illegally sell products claiming to diagnose, prevent, cure and reverse cancer without any evidence supporting such outcomes. In this case, the products being sold by these companies allegedly contain CBD or cannabidiol, which is a component of cannabis that is not approved by the FDA. CBD is marketed in various product types, including capsules, oil drops, syrups, teas, and even creams and topical lotions.
Substances containing components of cannabis will be treated just like any other products making unproven claims to kill or shrink cancer tumors, the FDA said in its statement.
The companies who got warning letters are Natural Alchemist, Greenroads Health, Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC, and That’s Natural! Marketing and Consulting. A website for one of these companies uses the term “anti-tumor” very frequently, the FDA says. Yet another claims that its CBD oil helps treat various types of cancer, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, autism, arthritis, and even bipolar disorder.
While there is a law exempting dietary supplements from the approval of the FDA, the agency strongly regulates new drug. And the FDA considers these companies’ products as “new drugs” because they are not “generally recognized” as effective and safe for their referenced uses.
According to the FDA, the products manufactured by these companies have not been subject to its review as a part of its drug approval process and it has not evaluated whether these products work, how they would interact with other substances or drugs, what cannabis oil cancer dosage is, and whether they have safety concerns and potentially dangerous side effects. The FDA is requesting the companies to respond and state how they will correct the violations and stated that failure to correct these violations will result to product seizure, injunction, and other legal actions.
Tisha Casida, the CEO of That’s Natural, which produces and distributes CBD All-Natural Hemp Oil, told NBC News in an e-mail that the company believes it is an individual’s constitutional and natural right to consume CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, or any other plant for that matter.
According to Casida, anything coming naturally from a plant should not be taken away from any individual. She added that people have the right to produce and consume plant-based medication without any government agency’s approval.
She also told the Times that people should not be forced to take only synthesized drugs approved by the FDA.
However, she said that the company would comply with the FDA and remove the language that the agency pointed out to be deceptive marketing.
Meanwhile, Stanley Brothers – which is doing business as CW (Charlotte’s Web) Botanicals and CW Hemp – responded in a statement that points to its customer testimonials. Customers, according to the company, “love to share” their personal stories as to how CW Hemp’s products have “helped improve” their or their loved ones’ lives.
The company assures, though, that they will cooperate with the FDA in order to better monitor the way they share third-party testimonials on their website and on any of their social media channels.