Cannabidiol (CBD), a substance extracted from the cannabis plant, is not addictive and nontoxic, according to a recently published report from the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) says CBD is potentially capable of treating a multitude of health disorders, including an alternative therapy for epilepsy.
Research Of CBD Oil
The ECDD believes research into the medical benefits of cannabis must be ramped up. However, the committee was quick to deny recommending the use of medical marijuana, adding that discussion and legalization of the drug should be left up to individual nations.
“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 wrote in an email to Newsweek. “As to what is legal or illegal, that comes under national law, so it is up to countries to decide.”
Legal Challenges Remain
In the U.S., very little is done to research the health benefits of CBD. Keeping marijuana a Schedule I drug, and therefore illegal, deters most studies of the plant. Labs have to apply and be approved by the federal government before research can begin. Many labs either cannot or will not go through the process to get certified.
Proponents of medical marijuana claim CBD has numerous health benefits. Many claim CBD oil can relieve symptoms of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The substance is also known for its ability to alleviate pain and inflammation. Purportedly, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes can be treated with CBD as well. Many veterinarians across the country are even starting to recommend cannabis for dogs and cats.
CBD Relatively Safe
CBD is not responsible for the infamous high someone gets when smoking marijuana. The euphoric effects are caused specifically by another component of cannabis known as THC. CBD products sold in states where medical marijuana is legal do not contain THC.
CBD oil can be consumed directly, added to food and drink, put in a pill, or even rubbed on the skin. Side effects of CBD are minimal, especially when comparing the substance against FDA approved painkillers or other drugs. Without federal approval and limited clinical trials, it is best to seek the advice of a medical professional before starting a regimen of medical marijuana for treatment.