The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions consumers about irresponsible claims floated by some companies that promote their marijuana-based products as “cancer treatments.”
These companies, namely: Greenroads Health, Natural Alchemist, That’s Natural! Marketing and Consulting, and Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC were issued warning letters by the FDA after found to be distributing a total of 25 marijuana-related products that claimed to be able to prevent, treat, diagnose, and even “cure” cancer. None of these claims were backed by any medical or scientific data. These products were being distributed through product webpages, online stores, and social media websites.
Marijuana Treatments for Cancer: Is there danger?
None of these products were in violation of laws on regulated or prohibited drugs because they do not contain actual marijuana but merely an extract of the hemp plant called Cannabidiol (CBD) which is not approved by the government for any actual drug product. CBD is commonly used for pain relief and relaxation. The companies are, however, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for selling unapproved products with unsubstantiated therapeutic claims.
The FDA notes that the act of making unfounded therapeutic claims exposes people to potential harm because they might choose to forego their effectual, recognized, and proven life-saving medication in favor of these dubious products. Some of these claims were notably outrageous such as “combats tumor and cancer cells,” or “makes cancer cells commit ‘suicide’ without killing other cells. Leading people into believing such claims is a deceptive marketing practice that endangers the health of Americans, the FDA asserted.
The government aims to remove products claiming they are marijuana treatments for cancer and any other such products from the market to safeguard the health of countless Americans, especially those undergoing treatment for the said illness..
Can marijuana treat cancer?
There are many pharmaceutical products used in cancer treatment, but there is presently no scientific evidence to support the efficacy of a marijuana-based product in treating cancer. The FDA welcomes any research or product studies, however, that show any promise of making such a medication a reality. CBD and actual Marijuana is presently used in an unofficial and even unlawful capacity by some people to help relieve symptoms of cancer. It is also used to help alleviate the unpleasant effects of medical treatments for cancer.
The medical science community still needs to see, however, any definitive evidence of marijuana’s effects on malignant tissue. For now, the drug is still among those being monitored in routine drug tests to detect illegal substances.
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