By now you know that CBD is legal on the federal level (as long as THC levels are below 0.3%) and there are certain regulations state-by-state. You may still be wondering if CBD is FDA-approved.
How CBD Works in the Body
CBD is used for a variety of ailments and to treat a variety of symptoms, from insomnia to chronic pain and anxiety. Because of the way it affects the endocannabinoid system (ECS), experts recognize the potential for drug development for the public. The two primary endocannabinoid receptors are CB1 receptors and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system, where CB2 receptors are primarily found in the peripheral nervous system. Endocannabinoids bind to these receptors. The result is dependent on where the receptor is located in the body. For example, when an endocannabinoid binds to a CB1 receptor in the central nervous system, the result may be pain relief.
The ECS is often associated with helping to maintain homeostasis in the body. THE ECS is linked to mood, appetite and digestion, sleep, chronic pain, inflammation, memory, reproductive functioning, and skin and nerve function.
Protecting the Community
Despite the benefits of CBD, more research needs to be conducted. First and foremost, the FDA must keep the public safe. So while they recognize the potential of CBD products, many companies that market CBD products violate standards put in place by the FDA to maintain the health and safety of the public. While they note the potential for cannabis-derived products, they also warn against using cannabis-derived products that are not legal.
There is only one FDA-approved CBD (or cannabis-derived) drug on the market, called Epidiolex. Epidiolex treats seizures that are associated with several conditions, including Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome, and tuberous sclerosis complex. This drug can be used in individuals that are one and older. Three other cannabis-related drugs are also approved by the FDA, including Marinol, Syndros, and Cesamet. Marinol and Syndros are used to treat “anorexia associated with weight loss in AIDS patients.”
Any other cannabis-derived or cannabis-related drugs that claim to be FDA-approved are deceptive. However, it is important to note that CBD is still legal at the federal level, does not have any notable side effects, and may still be used to treat negative side effects associated with epilepsy, cancer and chemotherapy, neuropathic pain, and multiple sclerosis.