Medical Marijuana Has No Health Risks: WHO


New Delhi: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that cannabidiol, or CBD — the main ingredient in medical marijuana — is non-addictive and non-toxic, adding it should not be a scheduled drug.

The latest findings by the WHO come after months of deliberation and investigation into cannabidiol, the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical cannabis.

The report by WHO found that cannabidiol could be useful for treating epilepsy and a number of other health conditions. It also said CBD is a useful treatment for palliative care and does not carry any addiction risks.

“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,” said the report by WHO.

“CBD has been found to have relatively low toxicity, although not all potential effects have been explored.”

Preliminary evidence also shows that CBD could help manage Alzheimer’s, cancer and Parkinson’s.

The report concluded that CBD did not need to be controlled (or government-regulated) on an international level, and taking medical marijuana would not lead to being addicted to it.