Marijuana’s Key Ingredient Not Dangerous or Addictive: WHO

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The committee is expected to make detailed recommendations based on an in-depth review in May 2018.

The main ingredient, Cannabidiol, CBD found in Marijuana is neither harmful nor addictive, a new World Health Organization, WHO report has confirmed.

CBD is a naturally occurring, non-psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis plants that has non-addictive relaxing properties and per WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, ECDD, there lies “no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Also, the “current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol,” the report confirmed.

In fact, the natural component is known to help in treating epilepsy and several other medical conditions.

“Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions,” WHO’s report confirmed.

Also clarifying, that it “does not say that WHO recommends the use of cannabidiol” but the substance need not be government-controlled or regulated at the international level, the report noted.

“Saying it should not be scheduled for international control means that it should not be prohibited, at the international level, to produce and supply it for specific purposes, such as medical treatment and research, given that WHO has not so far seen evidence of potential for abuse or harm from cannabidiol,” a spokesperson said, Newsweek reported.

“As to what is legal or illegal, that comes under national law, so it is up to countries to decide,” the report added.

“I’m ecstatic that these international health leaders agree that CBD is a substance that should not be scheduled and has therapeutic value for a variety of medical conditions,” Raul Elizalde, founder, and president of HempMeds Mexico told the Daily Mail. “It has changed our life.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA, which rarely allows research on Marijuana since it considers the substance as a Schedule I drug, in July released a statement saying the component is still considered illegal.

“Because ‘Charlotte’s Web’/CBD oil is not an FDA-approved drug…it is a schedule I controlled substance under the [Controlled Substances Act],” the statement concluded.

The committee is expected to make detailed recommendations based on an in-depth review in May 2018.

Via TeleSur

4 Responses

  1. I’m sure Jeff Sessions will be all over this. He’s been champing at the bit to liberalize American marijuana policy.

    Sorry, I’m back now. Climate change, Jerusalem, marijuana – one wonders on how many other issues will the United States be out of step with the world before Reichspräsident Strumpf and Vice Ayatollah Pence leave office.

  2. In Canada, medical cannabis has been legal for a long time and on 1 July 2018, recreational cannabis will become legal in all provinces and territories. It will be sold in government run or regulated stores (like alcohol) and in most places, individuals may, in addition, possess up to 4 live plants.

    In 2013, at a book signing at the 92nd Street Y in New York, 71-year-old Martha Stewart, the homemaking perfectionist, said she once saw a young couple smoking “sloppy joints” and remarked “Of course I know how to roll a joint.”

    As Bob Dylan wrote in 1964 and oftan sang, “For the times, they are a-changin’.”

  3. Amazing how any marijuana article will bring out the BOTS. CBD is supposedly OK for children but results are questionable. However, important research medical schools are just now partnering with certain growers to have plants that are safe, consistent and usable in clinical trials available for true research. In the meantime, only growers have pot remedies for a laundry list of malaises. So far, pot does not reduce pain only reactions to it. In addition, the blood flow to the hippocampus – particularly on the right side – is hampered. Could that be a precursor to Alzheimer Disease? Maybe.

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