The whole world stopped spinning and turned upside down for a few seconds. During the time the world was upside down, the FDA put out a notice that said something good about CBD. When I first heard the news, I didn't believe it. I thought it was one of those fake news articles. I didn't see the source sited, but I saw everyone reporting the quote. The source wasn't explicitly linked to because the same page with the quote was linked to by everyone as a call to action.
The FDA put out a notice that they are seeking information from actually consumers about CBD. The fact that they actually want our opinion is much welcomed news. I am a bit skeptical about it, but more on that later. In the notice, the FDA said, “CBD has been shown to be beneficial in experimental models of several neurological disorders, including those of seizure and epilepsy.” If you are a bit of a skeptic like me and have been following the CBD warpath for any amount of time, this may be hard to believe. Click the link right before the quote and read it for yourself so you can become a believer.
On that same page, you'll see a horribly colored call to action button that doesn't stand out on the right side of the page. It says “Comment Now!” By clicking that button, you can comment about your experience with CBD. Apparently, they want to take our opinion into consideration as they head into the International Drug Scheduling Convention on Psychotropic Substances this upcoming November. Honestly, this is both terrifying and good news at the same time.
Your comment will be “reviewed” before it is posted. It sort of feels like censorship, but it's probably necessary in this day and age. People could spam the comments trying to promote their business.
The terrifying thing is that the big health organizations seem to view all substances the same. They lump CBD in their with synthetic lab concoctions like Tramadol and Pregabalin. While I do understand that synthetic drugs and CBD are used for similar things such as seizures and severe pain, they just don't belong in the same conversation because of the side effects and addiction caused by synthetic drugs. It scary to think that the World Health Organization (WHO) could recommend that CBD be controlled in the same way as addictive synthetic drugs.
With CBD, it seems like the worst case is that you get some that doesn't actually contain the amount it says it has. Maybe I'm wrong, but that seems like the worst case to me. You could waste a lot of money on hemp seed oil that's marketed as CBD oil. But these other drugs could literally kill you or a child who cracked open a pill bottle. They just don't belong in the same conversation unless we're talking about CBD being a far better option that needs to be researched more to make a definitive recommendation and statement. I'm all for that conversation.
Surrounding my child-like nature is a calloused adult. An adult who has been scammed, tricked, duped, and made a fool of too many times to count. These experiences can create a crust over our true child-like selves. Admittedly, I'm not very trusting and approach everything with the lens of a skeptic. This situation is no different. The calloused skeptic in me started thinking about all these crazy “what ifs.”
What if the FDA is just tricking us to admitting that we're using CBD for things it's not supposed to be used for. Then they could run to the WHO and say, “Look! We have proof people are abusing CBD and betting their life on it. We must control this to prevent this stupid abuse.”
What if the FDA is just asking for our comments to make us feel heard, but the comments are just going to an unchecked mailbox or posted publicly on the page to appease us. Big organizations don't listen to regular people, they listen to money.
These are the kinds of thoughts that go through my head whenever something too good to be true comes across my radar. The fact that the FDA would actually listen to CBD users sounds too good to be true to me. Maybe I'm just a crazy ol' skeptic, and I hope that's the case. But time has taught me to be cautious of large organizations.
The Probable Truth
There is a part of me that truly believes the FDA is genuinely trying to help. The problem is, we were raised in a pharmaceutical-based medicine culture, and some people think pharmaceuticals are the only way to actually help someone. They genuinely want to help, but they suffer from the “man with a hammer” tendency. To the man with a hammer, every problem seems like a nail.
The hammer for these large organizations is synthetic pharmaceutical-based medicine. Every health problem is approached with the pharmaceutical hammer. The fact that they only have one hammer doesn't mean they aren't trying to help. Yes I know big money is involved, but very few people get into health careers just for the money. A ton of these people genuinely want to help, and really think the pharmaceutical hammer is the best way to do it.