The World Health Organization released a study and statement in December of 2017 about its view on the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and although it doesn’t surprise us, it did surprise some skeptics about the use of CBD.
World Health Organization (WHO) Says CBD Oil is Safe
A report issued by WHO’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence stated that cannabidiol, a substance found in cannabis, is not an addictive chemical. The World Health Organization does not express concern that the chemical will cause the drug to be abused or to cause users to become dependent upon the use of cannabis. Specifically, WHO statements addressed the fact that many nations do ban pure cannabidiol. The organization suggested there’s no scientific basis for prohibiting the substance, since it does not pose a threat to public health.
The statements were made in summation of a larger review conducted in November on addictive or psychoactive substances. A more complete review of cannabidiol, which may also examine its medical uses, is expected to be released in May 2018. The study comes in response to growing worldwide interest in cannabis and its active ingredients (cannabinoids), particularly in treating various health conditions. Although the health benefits of cannabinoids have not been officially confirmed, the World Health Organization is trying to get ahead of the issue by determining whether cannabis and its compounds should be regulated under international control laws.
In looking at the use of cannabidiol (CBD oil) to treat illness and the possible side effects, the WHO report did find that it can effectively treat the symptoms of epilepsy. A related treatment is currently undergoing Phase 3 trials. While cannabidiol may have found anecdotal success in alleviating or treating other illnesses, official studies have not confirmed its effectiveness in treating any other conditions.
The report also states that CBD oil has not been linked to either recreational use of any kind or to any public health problems.