The World Health organisation has announced that CBD – the relaxant in cannabis used for medical marijuana – poses no health risks.
After months and years of speculation regarding the side effects to using cannbidiol (CBD), the WHO declared that the component is a conducive treatment for epilepsy and palliative care.
It is neither dangerous nor addictive.
The WHO is scheduled to undergo a more expansive review of cannabis in 2018.
The report, which was published Wednesday, said:
There is increased interest from Member States in the use of cannabis for medical indications including for palliative care.
Responding to that interest and increase in use, WHO has in recent years gathered more robust scientific evidence on therapeutic use and side effects of cannabis and cannabis components.
The findings suggested CBD is not ‘likely to be abused’:
To that end, the ECDD did an initial review of a cannabis compound called cannabidiol (CBD). Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions.
Current evidence also shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids (such as Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC), for instance). The ECDD therefore concluded that current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol and postponed a fuller review of cannabidiol preparations to May 2018, when the committee will undertake a comprehensive review of cannabis and cannabis related substances.
Raul Elizalde, the Mexican father who spearheaded the the Mexican government to legalise medical marijuana so his daughter Grace could help treat the hundreds of seizures she suffered every day, was overjoyed at the news.
He told Mail Online:
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.
As per Leafly there is a distinct difference between CBD and THC:
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many cannabinoid molecules produced by Cannabis, second only to THC in abundance. These plant-derived cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids (phyto = plant in Greek), are characterized by their ability to act on the cannabinoid receptors that are part of our endocannabinoid system. While THC is the principal psychoactive component of Cannabis and has certain medical uses, CBD stands out because it is both non-psychoactive and displays a broad range of potential medical applications. These properties make it especially attractive as a therapeutic agent.
The site adds:
CBD is famous for the promise it holds for treating treatment-resistant forms of childhood epilepsy. A number of clinical trials, testing the efficacy of CBD in human epilepsy patients, are currently underway. But there is also evidence, mainly from animal studies and in vitro experiments, that CBD may have neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties, and potential therapeutic value in the treatment of motivational disorders like depression, anxiety, and addiction.
What’s the biological basis for this wide range of potential medical uses? A key part of the answer lies in CBD’s promiscuous pharmacology—its ability to influence a wide range of receptor systems in the brain and body, including not only cannabinoid receptors but a host of others.
What an extraordinary leap. Let’s hope those needlessly suffering can get closer to the help they desire.