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World Health Organization: The DEA is Wrong About CBD Oil

World Health Organization: The DEA is Wrong About CBD Oil

WHO states that CBD is beneficial not harmful.

CBD: A compound found in the cannabis plant has health benefits and does not have abuse potential.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence focused on cannabidiol, or CBD, one of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in cannabis plants.  After reviewing evidence from animal and human studies, the WHO has declared that CBD – the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical marijuana – should not be a scheduled drug.

“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”

But after months of deliberation and investigation, WHO has concluded that cannabidiol (CBD) is a useful treatment for epilepsy and palliative care, and does not carry any addiction risks. Furthermore, CBD should not be a Schedule 1 substance.

Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes, but it still remains a federal crime. However, despite regulation, CBD is a popular and often sold product. CBD is usually taken as a capsule, tincture form, CBD isolate, or as a nasal spray. CBD does not produce the high you get from THC. In fact, CBD appears to have effects opposite of THC. As a result, the WHO announcement drew a positive response from marijuana advocates.  And consequently, criticism from those who don’t want it to be legal.

The World Health Organization VS. The DEA

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In less than a month, the DEA will have to make a crucial decision that will shape the future of marijuana in the United States.

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The conclusion of the WHO flies in the face of the view of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA stated CBD must be treated the same as THC and other cannabinoids from a cannabis plant, and it should remain a Schedule I drug.

NORML Canada Response

Marijuana advocates applauded the WHO’s conclusion. “It was terrific to see WHO acknowledge what other scientific research has already stated,” says Justin Strekal, political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

CALM Response

Scott Chipman, Southern California chairman of Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM), took issue with the report.

“We need to maintain a strictly scientific perspective and protocols when it comes to new drugs,” he says. “We need double-blind studies related to marijuana and all components. research on the harms versus the benefits, identification of the side effects and specific ailments identified through these studies. even for CBD,” he says.

However, he did say some ongoing drug studies of CBD do show promise in treating seizure disorders. On the other hand, he also sees potential problems with the drugs. There have been many concerns about contamination and other potential harms.

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