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Medical marijuana has no health risks, WHO declares

Medical marijuana has no health risks, WHO declares

"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)", World Health Organization said in their report.

The organization decided that global prohibitions against pure cannabidiol are unwarranted, as it poses no public health threat. In her 14 years as a business news reporter, her coverage has spanned topics such as the economy, natural foods, airlines, biotech, retail, . Cannabidiol, a compound of the cannabis plant was also reviewed at this meeting.

The non-psychoactive component of cannabidiol failed to show anything indicative of leading to abuse dependency, said the report.

'Responding to that interest and increase in use, World Health Organization has in recent years gathered more robust scientific evidence on therapeutic use and side effects of cannabis and cannabis components'. They also found that, according to several clinical trials, CBD could be good for treating epilepsy and "a number of other medical conditions".

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The findings also said that cannabis is well tolerated and an effective treatment for some forms of epilepsy.

Although processed and sold without regulation in America, hemp-derived CBD remains a Schedule I substance with the federal government, because it's classified under the same branch as psychoactive cannabis. "To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated" with its use.

The WHO said that the drug did not need to be regulated. What WHO recommends, "is that cannabidiol should not be scheduled for global control on the basis of current evidence, and that a fuller review will be carried out next year, when other cannabinoids are discussed".

The UN Single Convention requires nations to adopt legislative and administrative measures, as necessary, to carry out the provisions within their territories. This drug is intended for animal use only, not humans, but it is sometimes taken with heroin or by people who believe they are taking heroin. The WHO noted that even in extremely small doses - equal to a few granules of salt - carfentanil can produce lethal effects. "It can thus be highly toxic and has been associated with hundreds of deaths and intoxications, notably in North America", they added, noting that 64,000 people died from overdosing in the United States in 2016, most of which were from synthetic opioids similar to carfentanil.