New FDA concerns as many mistakenly believe CBD ‘can’t hurt’ them

A new consumer update from the FDA says that while CBD products are nearly everywhere these days, they may have potential risks associated with them.
1:45 | 11/26/19

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Transcript for New FDA concerns as many mistakenly believe CBD ‘can’t hurt’ them
There is another new headline out about CBD. The fahd -- fda is worried people won't think it can hurt them. The fda is not saying that they don't believe that cannabis or CBD products have no benefit, it's actually for that reason that they're issuing these safety concerns because like anything, this is a basic tenet of medicine and pharmacology. If something has benefit, you must consider the medical risks as well. So in studying the only fda approved drug that's used to treat epilepsy containing CBD they have found there are some risks and that involves potential for acute liver toxicity, that it can have interactions with over-the-counter herbs or other supplements and particularly there could be male reproductive health concerns with a developing fetus. Always have to weigh the risks whenever you talk about proposed benefit. What do they need to know. I want to be clear. I do believe that cannabis and CBD will have a therapeutic role. What that is is to be determined. I think if people are going to use these products some tips. Buyer beware. It is very difficult to ascertain the purity or even contents of some products that say they contain CBD. You should absolutely discuss any of these products with your health care provider and do not assume that just because something is natural, it means risk-free. There are -- cocaine comes from a natural plant so remember that and also be aware of any mental or physical changes that you're maybe experiencing when using these products because you have to weigh those. There's so much out there, though. You go everywhere. We're in the infancy of research about cannabis and CBD products right now. We have a lot to learn. Great message. Thank you.

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