Look at that picture; that’s a really small sample of the news items from Google about CBD. The New York Times just published an article about how the CBD industry has lax oversight; a Former FDA chief says that putting CBD into food is illegal; Ars Technica discussing how the FDA is responding to fallacious claims. Then you go down a little bit further in the page and there are more stories about the legality of CBD, one story about how jumping out of a plane turned a CBD skeptic into a CBD proponent, and a piece from LA Magazine about how CBD marketers have become “snake oil salesman”.
My deepest concern here is that the narrative has drastically gotten away from the companies that are being responsible and trying to make legitimate claims about their CBD products and, instead, has been hijacked by unscrupulous companies that are looking to cash in on the CBD mania while the getting is good.
And whether that is the case, or, more accurately, how prevalant are the “snake oil salesman”-esque marketers out there? And does that even matter? I ask that last question because the media can latch onto a few key data points or spokesmen and paint whatever picture they want. If you want the CBD industry to look bad there are probably ample examples of companies that are being downright dishonest in their marketing.
What should CBD companies do? Continue to be truthful in your marketing. Push for fair and clear regulations for the industry. Keep the conversation with customers going and bring attention to the successes and the failures.