The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that cannabidiol (CBD) should not be scheduled as a drug by the United Nations. In November, the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) convened in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the potential dangers of 17 different drug substances, including cannabidiol.
The review of CBD noted that evidence from animal and human studies shows that CBD could have medicinal value for treating epilepsy and has little potential for abuse or dependence. Therefore, the ECDD “concluded that current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol.”
The group will conduct a more comprehensive study of cannabis and cannabinoids in May 2018.
Raúl Elizalde, the president of medical marijuana company HempMeds Mexico, spoke at the convention in November. He urged the committee not to schedule CBD as a drug and to allow its use as a dietary supplement. Elizalde became a cannabis activist in order to procure MMJ treatments for his daughter Grace, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy.
“We’re 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. We look forward to continuing our conversation about CBD’s many benefits in 2018,” said Elizalde after receiving word of the decision.
A ruling by the United Nations that CBD should not be regulated could lead to its rescheduling under the Controlled Substances Act in the United States, where CBD continues to be listed as a Schedule 1 narcotic.
Arizona Saw 41 Percent Increase in Medical Marijuana Sales in 2018
Canadian Cannabis Activist Marc Emery Accused of Chronic Sexual Misconduct
Canopy Growth Expands Global Presence by Acquiring New York Hemp License
DEA Agent Implicated in 7-Million-Dollar Money Laundering Scheme
News5 days ago
Man Leaves Two Pounds of Pot in Uber, is Arrested Trying to Retrieve It
News4 days ago
Cop Caught with Child Porn Serves 90 Days in Jail; Man Selling Weed Gets 5 Year Sentence
News5 days ago
St. Louis, Missouri Will No Longer Prosecute Marijuana Possession Under 100 Grams
Science5 days ago
Is Psychedelic Healing in Your Genes? A Team of Scientists Seeks to Find Out
Culture4 days ago
10 Video Games to Play High as Hell in 2019
News3 days ago
Governor of New York Presents Plan to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
News2 days ago
Marijuana Legalization Bill Killed by Virginia Lawmakers
Laws4 days ago
Mass. Court Ruling: Police Can Arrest for Drugged Driving Based on Observations