The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially given the approval to cannabidiol, a relaxing compound in medical marijuana. The ruled it is not a dangerous drug.
WHO has now ruled it does not have any risks of addiction. The compound, also known as CBD, can be an effective treatment for cancer, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and in palliative care.
The ruling means that it is not a drug that has a high potential for abuse or is illegal to manufacture or distribute.
The WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence announced: “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions.
“Current evidence also shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids (such as Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC), for instance).”
The organization is set to launch a complete review in May 2018, to look into cannabis and cannabis-related substances.
In some states, anyone found possessing cannabis can be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison. Or an unlimited fine under current UK legislation. Supplying or producing the Class B drug can land people in prison for a maximum of 14 years, an unlimited fine, or both.
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