Just like NASA's pictures from space mean nothing the Flat Earthers, this will probably have little significance in convincing weed haters of its positive healing powers, but hey, for the rest of us mindful folk it is still a big and important win – the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally confirmed that medical cannabis poses no health risks and shouldn't be scheduled as a controlled substance.
Basically, WHO's report declares that cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive compound in medical marijuana, "exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential," aka it's not addictive! It goes on to state:
"CBD has been demonstrated as an effective treatment of epilepsy in several clinical trials [...] There is also preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions. [...]
To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
Indeed, CBD has been widely used in oils, gums, capsules, beverages and beauty products that target chronic pain, anxiety, stress and help boost your body's immune, nervous and digestive systems. The compound has been proven to work in cancer, Alzheimer's and epilepsy treatment.
Speaking to Newsweek, WHO representatives outlined that by no means are they recommending to use CBD, they are just stating the obvious findings from their research and advise that "cannabidiol should not be scheduled for international control."
"Saying it should not be scheduled for international control means that it should not be prohibited, at the international level, to produce and supply it for specific purposes, such as medical treatment and research, given that WHO has not so far seen evidence of potential for abuse or harm from cannabidiol.
As to what is legal or illegal, that comes under national law, so it is up to countries to decide."
The outlook on medical marijuana continues to vary around the world: in the United States, despite being legalized for medical and recreational use by many states, cannabis remains illegal on the federal level. Other countries, like Canada, Mexico, Germany, Greece, Italy and most recently Poland have made moves to decriminalize weed.
Hopefully, research like this speed up the process of giving cannabis the status and recognition it deserves.