CBD Use Linked to Male Reproductive Harm

Tuesday March 7, 2023



Did you know that CBD use is linked to liver injury and male reproductive harm?

With the exception of the prescription medication Epidiolex, all products made from CBD, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, are not FDA-approved. They are therefore not held to standards for content, purity, or potency.

In addition to the long-term effects mentioned above, CBD can also cause short-term irritability, drowsiness, nausea, and diarrhea.

A poll of American adults aged 18 years and older found that 14 percent reported using CBD products in 2019, and a similar poll conducted in 2020 found that as many as 1 in 3 adults reported using CBD products. Most CBD sales – more than 60 percent – are made online.

  • Talk with children about the risks and harms of using products that contain CBD.
  • Do not allow children to use over-the-counter CBD products.
  • Consult a healthcare provider before using any CBD product.
  • Be aware that the risk of CBD products containing delta-9 and/or delta-8 THC is unknown, and their use may affect employment drug screenings and interactions with law enforcement.
  • Do not use CBD concurrently with medications, alcohol, or illicit drugs.
  • If you experience adverse events as a result of using CBD products, report them to the FDA through their MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

Learn more in this advisory published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).