FDA Will Search Reddit To Learn About Effects Of CBD And ‘Emerging’ Cannabinoids Like Delta-8 THC

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it plans to use Reddit and other “novel” data sources to gain a better understanding of public health issues surrounding use of CBD and other “emerging” marijuana derivatives like delta-8 THC. The agency published a report on its new Cannabis-Derived Products Data Acceleration Plan this week, explaining that the federal agency “needs robust information about potential safety problems or adverse events associated with FDA-regulated products, including [cannabis-derived products],” or CDPs. “FDA also needs information about general patterns of product use and emerging trends—and it needs this information in close to real time, so that the FDA can deploy its limited resources quickly and effectively,” it said. “The FDA believes that new approaches to detecting safety signals and other insights using diverse data sources and rigorous analytical methods can contribute significantly to FDA’s ability to respond to emerging and rapidly evolving product areas, like the CDP market.” To get the new initiative started, FDA first examined existing data collection and analysis methods, including “third party purchase data and surveys to traceability systems and mobile apps.” This initial step enabled the agency to identify data gaps and refine the process. As it solicits partnerships to further advance data-based health research into the cannabinoids, the agency said there are a series of projects that are in the “feasibility assessment phase.” One of those would involve looking at consumer-generated content such as posts on Reddit in order to “identify issues that may not be easily captured via traditional systems.” Another potential project would involve comparing FDA’s database of CBD product samples with Certificates of Analysis to identify “inconsistencies and quality issues.” The agency also wants to develop a system of finding “safety signals and usage patterns associated with emerging CDPs in real-time.” That includes delta-8 THC,…

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