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FDA and WHO Statements on Safety of CBD — Featuring Dr. Scott Shannon

FDA and WHO Statements on Safety of CBD — Featuring Dr. Scott Shannon

by Victor BerceaDECEMBER 27, 2019

Although cannabidiol (CBD) has been declared safe for human consumption by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a statement claiming the popular cannabinoid might cause you harm. So now the safety of CBD is suddenly being questioned.

CBD is gaining popularity in Europe, so you might be wondering which agency is right, the WHO or the FDA? What do experts like Dr. Scott Shannon think? Let’s find out.

What harm might CBD cause according to the FDA?

As a European, you might not be familiar with the FDA. In the U.S., the FDA is the government agency responsible for ensuring that every type of food, beverage or drug that enters the market is safe to consume. Up until recently, the FDA stated that CBD is safe to consume and said so on its website.

Now, even though the actions of the FDA don’t affect your average European consumer directly, they still have a lot of influence on the European market. FDA guidelines often influence the guidelines of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and vice versa, meaning the FDA’s most recent statement on the safety of CBD might cause concern among European CBD producers.

So, what did the FDA say to cause concern among CBD consumers?

Well, the FDA’s updated statement says that CBD has the potential to harm you even before you’re aware of it. The FDA says that CBD can cause liver injury, interact with other drugs and lead to serious side effects as well as increase the risk of sedation and drowsiness when you combine it with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants.

The FDA also states that, by itself, CBD can cause drowsiness or sleepiness, gastrointestinal distress such as diarrhoea, decreased appetite and mood changes, such as irritability and agitation. These symptoms were previously documented, and there are several studies covering them.


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