FDA cracks down on three CBD companies making COVID-19 claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to three more CBD retailers for making COVID-19 claims.

Letters were sent to Indigo Naturals and Native Roots Hemp on Monday, and to CBD Online Store on Wednesday. The FDA warned them to stop making claims linked to the coronavirus or else risk legal action, including seizure and injunction.

The FDA said all three companies sold CBD products that were unapproved and misbranded drugs and violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The claims made on their websites, the FDA said, “misleadingly represent them as safe and/or effective for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19.”

Last month, U.S. Attorney General William Barr directed all U.S. Attorneys to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of coronavirus-related fraud, particularly individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online.

In the letter to Indigo Naturals, the FDA cited company statements suggesting that CBD has “both antibacterial and antiviral effects” and could be an “Anti-Viral Agent For Coronavirus.”

The letter to Wisconsin-based Native Roots Hemp cited company statements claiming that a strain of cannabis “speeds up” coronavirus recovery and that its soaps and “immune boosting oils” could help fight COVID-19.

The FDA said CBD Online Store, located in Laguna HillsCalif., made statements that suggested inflammation in the lungs caused by COVID-19 could be combatted by the “powerful anti-inflammatory effects of CBD.”

6 comments on “FDA cracks down on three CBD companies making COVID-19 claims
  1. Pat Clickener on

    These retailers are the reason the market is slow to expand. We all know that CBD has a lot of potential no one has to lie about what it does. And this is feeding on fear which is the worst.

  2. CBD for sleep on

    The problem is obvious and direct with CBD. The FDA has categorized it as a drug as it’s far being prescribed in sure medications. Now that it’s far classified as a drug meaning that it can cure positive illnesses that it has been examined for, it cannot be a complement and it’s far managed substance. Drugs cannot be used in food. This is every other take over of a perfectly correct natural treatment this is plentiful and available for everyone to get the blessings from for cheap. Now it could be high-priced as the authorities implements all of the controls and the rate is going up accordingly. So sad our authorities has to place its palms in all the possibilities that we as Americans work difficult to create for ourselves and with the stoke of a pen they steal everything we create constantly!

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