Almost overnight, CBD is absolutely everywhere. It is often portrayed as some kind of cure-all. There are CBD-infused shampoos, toothpastes, lotions and soaps ... the list goes on and on.

Cannabis and its extracts are also being marketed for a range of more serious health issues, including childhood ADHD, autism, anxiety and, perhaps most frequently, pain.

To date, however, there is little or no evidence to support the vast majority of the wellness and performance claims we are seeing in the news.

Why is all this hype concerning? Much of it is straight up misleading marketing that can generate inaccurate and harmful public perceptions. A recent statement from the FDA about questionable cannabis products: “deceptive marketing of unproven treatments raises significant public health concerns,” including the potential to “keep some patients from accessing appropriate, recognized therapies.”

Enough said until they can prove their snake oil is safe.

Pastor Dale Anderson,

Pine River