The FDA sent letters to the following 15 companies for selling CBD products that violate the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, for marketing the products to treat illnesses or for therapeutic use, claiming it’s a dietary supplement or adding it to food for humans and animals.
-Red Pill Medical Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona
-Pink Collections Inc. of Beverly Hills, California
-Healthy Hemp Strategies LLC (does business as Curapure) of Concord, California
-Koi CBD LLC of Norwalk, California
-Sabai Ventures Ltd. of Los Angeles, California
-Organix Industries Inc. (does business as Plant Organix) of San Bernardino, California
-Whole Leaf Organics LLC of Sherman Oaks, California
-Infinite Product Company LLLP (does business as Infinite CBD) of Lakewood, Colorado
-Sunflora Inc. of Tampa Florida/Your CBD Store of Bradenton, Florida
-Daddy Burt LLC (does business as Daddy Burt Hemp Co.) of Lexington, Kentucky
-Bella Rose Labs of Brooklyn, New York
-Private I Salon LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina
-Natural Native LLC of Norman, Oklahoma
-Apex Hemp Oil LLC of Redmond, Oregon
-Noli Oil of Southlake, Texas
It’s not illegal to sell products that aren’t approved by the FDA, but it is illegal to add certain drug ingredients to products unless they’re approved food additives (CBD is not). CBD is also not characterized as a dietary supplement under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the agency said.
Reports of pesticides and heavy metals in CBD have also raised questions about its safety and toxicity, Abernethy said.
The FDA has never evaluated the effectiveness of CBD products, the amount in a “proper” dosage, potential side effects of consuming the products and the manufacturing process.
Correction: This story originally used a photo that showed products made by a company not included in the FDA’s list of companies. It’s been updated.