Why We Can’t Make Medical Claims

CBD Companies Can't make medical claimsYou may have heard your fair share of miraculous stories regarding the popular cannabis extract CBD. But today we’re going to tell you why we can’t make medical claims and the danger that making such claims present to the CBD industry as a whole and in turn you, a consumer of CBD products. 

What medical claim is being made?

There have been countless articles; blogs and reports that proclaim that if you consume CBD, all manner of ailments that one might be suffering from may be cured. From chronic pain and cancers to Alzheimer's and epilepsy, the number of diseases and conditions cited by companies could make it seem that CBD is a product that can cure-all.

The problem is that if a product is deemed to help cure illness, then it must be classified as a medicine. Here in the UK, medicinal products have to go through the necessary motions of testing in order to be classified a medicine and the organisation that have the final say on such matters, are the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA). A Government agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, MHRA is responsible for making sure that medicines and medical devices that are available to patients in the UK are safe to use. 

With companies making a range of claims regarding their CBD products efficacy, and how by using CBD this illness or that disease might be cured and prevented, MHRA came to the conclusion that CBD companies were effectively marketing, advertising and selling their products as medicines. While these products may have been deemed by the MHRA to be medicines based on the way companies sell their products, the reality is that CBD companies were not legally entitled to do so.

In order for products to be marketed as medicines, the product in question must have moved through the appropriate channels and meet the appropriate safety requirements. This means that medicinal products are made available to the public they require either; a marketing authorization, traditional herbal registration or a certificate of registration as a homoeopathic product granted by the European Commission or by the UK Licensing Authority.

Due to the CBD products in question failing to follow practice and procedure when it comes to the appropriate and costly paperwork required, the MHRA proceeded to send letters to CBD companies asking them to remove products from point of sale. Still a relatively new industry, how would the CBD community; both customers and companies, react? Entering the fray in an attempt to save the day, were CTA.

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Who is the CTA?

CTA stands for the Cannabis Trades Association. The only cannabinoid centric trade association for the UK and Europe, CTA work with all sectors in the hemp and cannabis industry, by promoting good, ethical and legal practice amongst its members. Before CTA came to the fore, the CBD industry had no such organization in place to speak on their behalf to government officials. CTA isn't a regulatory body, however, their interest certainly focuses on ensuring that the CBD industry is compliant with MHRA and continue to sell products to consumers looking to buy the food supplement to support a healthy lifestyle.

With the CBD industry at risk of being shut down by the MHRA, CTA was set up as a means for CBD companies to have a voice and to provide an environment and instigate a conversation with the relative authorities. Initially set up by a few cannabis entrepreneurs, CTA set about organizing the industry and setting up meetings with the MHRA in order to salvage the reputation of CBD and for companies to continue selling products to hungry consumers. CTA’s goals moving forward were to provide relevant and up to date knowledge about the industry, as well as organizing the industry so that CBD can continue to be sold without the kind of medical misinformation that would make them illegal. 

The kind of CBD products that are available to purchase, whether they be CBD oil, vape oils, moisturizers or CBD infused hummus are technically classed as food supplements which means that any mention of a medical claim is a big no, no. 

CTA Clamping Down on Companies Making Medical Claims

In 2016, the CBD industry was still in its relative infancy and worth less than £10 million. As more and more people discover CBD, the sales and market just keep on growing, to the point that in 2019, over £110 million worth of products have been sold. Where only a handful of companies initially existed, CBD products are now provided by hundreds of companies in the UK, which means that being compliant with MHRA standards is more important than it has ever been. 

With so many companies now selling CBD, ensuring everybody stays compliant and within the restricted guidelines is somewhat of a task. Nevertheless, should CBD companies continue to make medicinal claims about using CBD, the likelihood is that the MHRA may take further action and shut down an important industry that so many have become accustomed to. The benefit of CBD companies staying compliant is that CBD as an industry can continue to blossom and bloom, which means that customers can continue to enjoy using CBD on a daily basis. 

Is CBD safe to use? 

While CBD is not classed as a medicine, it is completely safe to use. The only dangers that may lie in wait for customers, is from unscrupulous sellers jumping on the bandwagon in the hope that may get a piece of the lucrative CBD pie. Recently reported in the news is that some CBD products that are being sold do not contain the concentration of CBD that the label on the bottle says it does. A general rule of thumb is that if a company is a member of CTA, they’re likely to be trustworthy. A really safe bet to know if a company is trustworthy and safe is to ask for a certificate of analysisThis is a third-party laboratory test that will tell you the cannabinoid contents of your CBD products. Know what’s in your CBD products and ask for an ingredients list from the manufacturer and make sure that those ingredients are natural to ensure you are supporting a healthy lifestyle the best you can. 

Using CBD to Support a Healthy Lifestyle

CBD liquid and vape liquid are great products to use if you want to support a healthy, natural lifestyle. Sourced from organically grown, industrial hemp, CBD can be used as sublingual drops placed underneath the tongue and swallowed, added to food or drink, or even used as a topical oil on your skin. Packed with an assortment of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and terpenes, CBD is great to consume morning, noon and night.