WHO Declares Cannabidiol Appears Relatively Safe and Non-Addictive

WHO Declares Cannabidiol Appears Relatively Safe and Non-Addictive

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Cannabidiol is relatively safe and non-addictive, according to a declaration made by the World Health Organization on Dec. 13, 2017.

The declaration comes in response to a report authored by the WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, which convenes annually to review and make recommendations regarding psychoactive, or potentially psychoactive, substances.

Government agencies, such as the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, have taken steps to treat CBD as an unsafe substance with potential for abuse; however, WHO, the health agency of the United Nations, has come to a different conclusion.

Stating that CBD is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile,” report authors noted that there is currently no evidence of any public health related problems associated with the substance’s use, although they do contend that all of its potential effects have not been explored.

“Current evidence also shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids,” declared the ECDD in a statement. “The ECDD therefore concluded that current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol … .”

The ECDD went on to say that it has postponed a full review of CBD until May 2018 where it plans on undertaking a comprehensive review of marijuana and marijuana related.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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