Feds Warn CBD Companies About Health Claims, Demand Response

The FTC and FDA sent out letters to several CDB companies deemed to be making false or unsubstantiated claims about their products’ health benefits and carrying out improper marketing and selling practices. The first round of letters went out in March and a second group in September. Three companies were alerted in each incidence; in the first, PotNetwork Holdings in Florida, Nutra Pure in Washington state, and Advanced Spine and Pain in New Jersey were contacted. The agencies did not reveal the names of the companies who received the second round of written alerts. The various businesses reportedly marketed their CBD products (like tinctures, capsules, oils, gummies and creams) as able to limit, treat or cure cancer, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative conditions and other maladies. The FTC expressed in a letter that it is illegal “to advertise that a product can prevent, treat or cure human disease unless you possess competent and reliable scientific evidence, including, when appropriate, well-controlled human clinical studies, substantiating that the claims are true at the time they are made.”

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