While parents everywhere are worried about the effects of cannabis products on their loved ones’ health, despise much research that shows how medical marijuana can be restorative and healing for many ailments, a small breakthrough for cannabis medicine by the World Health Organization (WHO) who in a new report (download PDF here) bids that CBD is safe.
The WHO says it has found no adverse health outcomes but on the contrary many medical applications for cannabidiol, or CBD, despite confusing US federal policy on this cannabinoid chemical found in marijuana. See our article on Dr. Alan Shackelford here.
According to a WHO report released last month, naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans (and animals), and is not associated with any negative public health effects.
“To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD,” they wrote. CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical found in cannabis, does not induce physical dependence and is “not associated with abuse potential.” People aren’t getting high off of it either, the report added.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the naturally occurring cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis plants. “In an animal drug discrimination model CBD failed to substitute for THC. In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials, with one pure CBD product (Epidiolex®) currently in Phase III trials,” the report noted.
“There is also preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions. There is unsanctioned medical use of CBD based products with CBD oil, supplements, gums, and high concentration extracts available online for the treatment of many ailments. CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.
“Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug-drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications.”