Medical marijuana carries no health risks and is a useful treatment for epilepsy and palliative care, the World Health Organization has declared.
But after months of investigation, the WHO has concluded that that cannabidiol (CBD) does not carry any addiction risks. Had they chosen to make it illegal, it would have banned physicians from prescribing medical marijuana across the world.
The report, published today, states: ‘There is increased interest from Member States in the use of cannabis for medical indications including for palliative care.
‘Responding to that interest and increase in use, WHO has in recent years gathered more robust scientific evidence on therapeutic use and side effects of cannabis and cannabis components.’ ‘Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions.’ They concluded that ‘current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol’, and declared that taking medical marijuana would not lead to being addicted to it. It is said to help with seizures (Picture: Shutterstock) Raul Elizalde, who campaigned to get his epileptic daughter CBD treatment, welcomed the new report.
He told Daily Mail Online: ‘I’m ecstatic that these international health leaders agree that CBD is a substance that should not be scheduled and has therapeutic value for a variety of medical conditions.’ ‘It has changed our life.’ Elizalde, who is founder and president of HempMeds Mexico, added: ‘We look forward to continuing our conversation about its many benefits in 2018.’