The World Health Organization Contemplates Rescheduling Cannabis
Sabina King on Jun 19th 2019
Some of the world's greatest minds in the field of drug abuse and dependence met this summer in Geneva for the 40th meeting of the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD). The experts at the meeting examined cannabis and its regulation around the world and concluded that most policies implemented are too strict and not ideal for public health.
“The current international policies on cannabis are outdated and are having a detrimental impact on patients in the United States and worldwide,” said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access, “Furthermore these policies do not reflect the reality of over 30 countries globally that have passed medical cannabis laws.”
This change in organizational opinion from such a respected committee should lead to a shift in personal and political ideologies. This may then lead to lesser regulations on cannabis and in turn CBD worldwide.
The reasoning for the World Health Organization's change in opinion is based on these key findings.
“There are no case reports of abuse or dependence relating to the use of pure CBD.”
“No public health problems have been associated with CBD use.”
“CBD has been found to be generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.”
“There is no evidence that CBD is liable to similar abuse and similar ill-effects as substances…such as cannabis or THC.”