More companies warned about illegal CBD advertising

Posted 26 October 2019

In September, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned three unnamed companies marketing cannabidiol (CBD)-containing products that it is illegal to advertise that a product can prevent, treat, or cure human disease without competent and reliable scientific evidence to support such claims. CBD is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant.
Reference: FTC sends warning letters to companies advertising their CBD-infused products as treatments for serious diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis. FTC press release, Sept 10, 2019

According to the FTC:

  • One company’s website claimed that CBD “works like magic” to relieve “even the most agonizing pain” better than prescription opioid painkillers. To bolster its claims that CBD has been “clinically proven” to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), fibromyalgia, cigarette addiction, and colitis, the company states it has participated in “thousands of hours of research” with Harvard researchers.
  • Another company’s website
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Herbalife Or Herbadeath?

Posted 21 October 2019

Oct 10, 2019 Harriet A. Hall, MD

Science-Based Medicine

A case of fatal liver failure in India was attributed to Herbalife products, adding to many other reports from around the world. Analysis showed Herbalife products contain heavy metals and other contaminants. The products have not been scientifically tested, and in the absence of evidence of benefit to human health, they can’t be recommended.

Herbalife is a multilevel marketing company that sells nutritional and weight loss supplements in 94 countries. After many complaints, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigated the company. In 2016, they described Herbalife as a scam disguised as healthy living; the company was fined $200 million and ordered to restructure its business and issue refunds to 350,000 Herbalife distributors. Herbalife has also been sued in Belgium and Israel. There have been over 50 reports of liver toxicity attributed to Herbalife products in Spain, Israel, Read the rest

What happens when you try all the CBD products you can find?

Posted 21 October 2019

What happens when you try all the CBD products you can find?

Would the alleged magic of cannabidiol have an effect on me or is it all snake oils and placebos?

Rebecca Flint Marx

The Guardian Thu 17 Oct 2019

Shortly before I sat down to begin writing this, I squirted a 1 milliliter dropper of full-spectrum hemp extract, also known as CBD oil, under my tongue. It contained – according to the bottle – 6.25 mg of CBD per dosage, and tasted – also per the bottle’s label – of cold-pressed oranges.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, if anything. But with the mania around CBD approaching fever pitch, I was curious to know if I, too, could in some way be touched by its allegedly remarkable powers of stress reduction, relaxation, and all-around wellbeing. We live in dire times. What’s the harm in trying Read the rest