The FDA has warned former NFL star Kyle Turley to stop claiming that his CBD products can prevent and cure the coronavirus.

Turley drew widespread condemnation after making the unsubstantiated claims on Twitter. He refused to back down in an interview earlier this week, and he urged the authorities to shut down his company “so I can have another blockbuster press release on how the FDA and the United States government is suppressing truth”.

The FDA has now sent him a warning. The agency advised Turley that it has investigated his website,, and found that it advertised CBD products that can mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose or cure COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

One said that CBD can help “crush corona”, as a strong immune system can help with a “COVID-19 blitz”.

The FDA determined that Turley is selling “unapproved new drugs” in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. It also said they are misbranded drugs.

He has been urged to take “immediate action to cease the sale” of the products. Failure to do so could result in legal action, including seizure and injunction.

NeuroXPF has also been added to an FDA list of companies to receive warnings for the unsanctioned sale of products relating to COVID-19.

Turley was selected seventh overall in the 1998 NFL draft and he played for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs during a nine-year career as an offensive tackle. He was named First-Team All-Pro in 2000.

He has always been outspoken about the neurological problems he suffers as a result of his football career – including vertigo, seizures, light sensitivity, pain and numbness in the feet and uncontrollable rage – and his use of cannabis as a form of treatment. Turley credits cannabis with saving his life, after prescription meds almost drove to suicide.

In 2016, he signed an open letter urging the NFL to change its marijuana policy. The following year he launched NeuroXPF, a range of CBD-based prodicts.

Turley also opened a cannabis dispensary in Moreno, California, earlier this month, under the Shango brand. He played high school football in the area, and he said there were 200 people lined up for the grand opening.

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