In another tweet, Turley appeared to claim that cannabis products are “the cure for cancer.”
CBD CAN PREVENT AND CURE THE CORONA VIRUS!— KT (@KyleTurley) March 8, 2020
In a phone interview with Marijuana Moment on Monday, the athlete-turned-entrepreneur said he has “lots of reasons to believe what I believe and I will continue to proclaim God’s truth in this whole thing because he saved my life through this plant. Period.”
But Turley evidently is undeterred by the criticism. He tweeted on Sunday that “CANNABIS WILL PREVENT & CURE COVID19. ” and acknowledged that the statement would elicit “hate.”
Turley is promoting a line of CBD products from his company, NEURO XPF, with an ad using the slogan “Crush Corona” along with artistic renditions of the virus. The FDA would likely take issue with that kind of advertising, as it’s made clear it will take enforcement action against cannabis companies that make unsubstantiated claims about the therapeutic potential of their products.
In a series of tweets in recent weeks, Turley has repeatedly hawked CBD products, arguing that because the compound interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which plays some role in regulating the immune system, they can be used to prevent and cure coronavirus. He says he’s basing that take on anecdotal evidence, as well as conversations he said he’s had with experts in the field.
“The last thing the world needs in these difficult and often confusing times is someone with any level of celebrity using their public platform to sell their personal products on false promises and pseudoscience,” said Erik Altieri, executive director of NORML. “Marijuana and its components do not cure the coronavirus, to say the opposite just to put a few more bucks in your pocket is grotesque. All Americans should be on alert for these modern day charlatans and snake oil salespeople.”
“I’ve been putting in work on my own dime, on my own time, taking away from my family, to move this conversation forward. And that’s what I’ve done,” he said, adding that they’re “scared to say too much because we don’t want the government, we don’t want the man, to start coming down on us.”
“I personally haven’t been sick in over six years since I’ve given up all pharmaceuticals,” Turley said Thursday, April 2. “I use cannabis daily and that speaks to this science.”
CBD CAN PREVENT AND CURE THE CORONA VIRUS! — KT (@KyleTurley) March 8, 2020
Turley, a football player for Valley View High in Moreno Valley before playing for the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, co-owns Shango Moreno Valley
Although the company took those claims off the Neuro XPF website, Turley hasn’t changed his tune on Twitter.
Founder and CEO Brandon Rexroad, left, and former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman and business partner, Kyle Turley, at Shango Moreno Valley, a new marijuana dispensary, in Moreno Valley on Friday, March. 13, 2020. On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission directed Turley to stop claiming that cannabidiol could protect consumers from the coronavirus. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Turley has been butting heads with the FDA for five years, ever since he got into the cannabis business, he said.