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World Health Organization Says CBD Safe, With No Potential For Abuse

A division of the World Health Organization declared CBD oil to be safe, with many potential benefits, and recommended that it should remain fully legal. The recommendations came in a…

A division of the World Health Organization declared CBD oil to be safe, with many potential benefits, and recommended that it should remain fully legal.

The recommendations came in a report from the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD), which advises the global body on how to handle various substances that could be addictive or otherwise harmful.

The authors were unambiguous about their assessment: “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”

The report also outlines numerous potential benefits of CBD, though the authors emphasized that more research is needed. The findings are an important sign of the shift in attitudes toward this beneficial extract, which thousands of people use regularly. It also places WHO policy at odds with that of the United States: last year, the Drug Enforcement Agency issued frightening statements insisting that CBD remains illegal.

CBD oil is a nutritional supplement made from agricultural hemp, a close relative of psychoactive cannabis, or marijuana, the substance that people consume to feel high. By contrast, while CBD causes few if any side effects, a growing body of evidence suggests it could help conditions ranging from depression to some forms of chronic pain. The hemp industry has promised to fight the DEA in court, if necessary, and so far individual consumers haven’t faced legal trouble as a result of buying CBD-only products.

As we’ll explain below, we believe the latest findings from the WHO could be an important part of changing how CBD is treated, worldwide.

WHO: ‘CBD IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ABUSE’ BUT HAS GREAT HEALING POTENTIAL

 

 

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The south face of the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva. (Wikimedia Commons / Yann Forget, CC-BY-SA-3.0 license).

The ECDD’s report was actually published in November, but received renewed attention from policy makers and in the media after the Dec. 13 publication of a set of the committee’s recommendations for various narcotic substances. The committee raised a serious alarm about the risks posed by carfentanil, a dangerous synthetic opioid similar to the notorious fentanyl, but their response to CBD was sharply different.

While the ECDD wants to see the strictest possible controls put on carfentanil and other synthetic opioids, they argued that CBD should remain totally legal and recommended further investigation of its potential benefits.

“The ECDD therefore concluded that current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol and postponed a fuller review of cannabidiol preparations to May 2018, when the committee will undertake a comprehensive review of cannabis and cannabis related substances,” the WHO reported.

The ECCD’s report on CBD goes even further, both in suggesting that CBD is safe for human consumption and that CBD has many potential benefits that deserve deeper research.

“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”

“CBD is not associated with abuse potential,” the authors wrote. They also reported that numerous studies have found that CBD is nontoxic with few side effects. Preliminary research, they noted, even suggests that CBD “has no effect on embryonic development.”

Just as importantly, the report acknowledges the growing body of scientific evidence which suggests CBD has great healing potential. “The clinical use of CBD is most advanced in the treatment of epilepsy.”

Many epilepsy sufferers, including children with forms of epilepsy that are difficult to treat through conventional means, have discovered that CBD can offer sometimes significant relief to their symptoms.

“There is also evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions,” noted the ECCD. “However, this research is considerably less advanced than for treatment of epilepsy.”

Additionally, the “diverse” range of conditions for which CBD has been considered by scientists as a possible treatment is “consistent with its neuroprotective, antiepileptic, hypoxia-ischemia [controlling the flow of oxygen], anxiolytic, antipsychotic, analgesic [pain relieving], anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic and anti-tumor properties.”

The authors add that CBD might even help with tobacco and other forms of drug addiction. The report also includes a rather remarkable chart outlining all of CBD’s potential benefits:

 

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Expert Committee on Drug Dependence Report on potential CBD benefits.

 

WHO REPORT ON CBD CAN LEAD THE WAY TO BETTER GLOBAL DRUG POLICIES

The ECCD’s primary role is to advise the WHO and its member governments (including the U.S.) about how to handle mind-altering substances. Based on their recommendations, drugs are “scheduled,” or listed in the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, a 1961 international agreement that determines which drugs are illegal, and which are considered to have medical benefits despite their risks.

By recommending that CBD oil remain unscheduled, the ECCD sends a powerful message to the global community that CBD should be legal. While stopping short of openly recommending the use of CBD, the WHO also clearly expressed the need for more investigation into CBD and other similar “cannabinoid” substances.

It’s not the only recent sign of thawing international attitudes toward CBD. As previously reported by Ministry of Hemp, the World Anti-Doping Agency, which sets global policy for substance use in sports, will allow athletes to use CBD starting in 2018.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the debate rages on between hemp advocates who say CBD is both legal and beneficial and government officials who insist it is, and should remain, a “Schedule I” substance — in other words, an illegal drug deemed to have no medical benefit whatsoever.

We believe there’s every reason to hope that the overwhelming body of scientific evidence about the benefits of CBD, and the support of influential bodies like the WHO, will eventually force the United States to reevaluate its stance too. Thanks to the ECCD and so many passionate advocates for legalization, It’s only a matter of time before CBD, and cannabis in all its forms, are fully embraced as a miraculous gift to humanity.

 

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The World Anti-Doping Agency Changes Course On CBD | Why Athletes use CBD Oil

A defiant act by an MMA fighter transformed global policy on athletes using CBD oil. When MMA fighter Nate Diaz took a few drags from a CBD-laden vape pen during…

A defiant act by an MMA fighter transformed global policy on athletes using CBD oil.

When MMA fighter Nate Diaz took a few drags from a CBD-laden vape pen during a press conference, he put his career at risk. Instead of hurting him, the act influenced an important change to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s policies, and helped reduce the stigma around hemp.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an extract of cannabis or industrial hemp which doesn’t cause people to get high. Instead, its beneficial properties includes reducing inflammation. Now, many more professional and top-ranking amateur athletes will be able to use CBD, because recently WADA removed cannabidiol from its list of banned substances.

In this article, we’ll look at why athletes use CBD, and why this change matters for everyone, not just those who compete at sports.

AFTER NATE DIAZ VAPES CBD AT PRESS CONFERENCE, WADA CHANGES GLOBAL ANTI-DOPING RULES

Diaz surprised reporters when he used a vape pen during a press conference after his August 20, 2016 loss against Conor McGregor, who at the time was the featherweight champion mixed-martial arts fighter. Visibly bruised from the fight, Diaz explained that his vape contained CBD oil, and went on to tout CBD’s benefits to the assembled media:

“It helps with the healing process and inflammation and things like that, so you want to get these for before or after the fights, in training. It’ll make your life a better place.”

However, CBD was on WADA’s list of banned substances and also banned by its national equivalent, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). UFC fighters are tested for prohibited substances after the fight and, according to the rules at the time, were prohibited from using banned substances during a window that begins 6 hours before the pre-fight weigh-in and ends six hours after the bout.

Even though Diaz had already been tested (and that test eventually came back clean of all prohibited substances including CBD), the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) would have been in their rights to suspend or punish him for the public infraction.

‘I’VE BEEN A GAME CHANGER’: NATE DIAZ TAKES CREDIT FOR CHANGING CBD IN SPORTS POLICY

Instead, the USADA decided to issue an official warning against Diaz’s conduct. In April, the UFC changed their rules, shortening the prohibited substance use window.

“The in-competition window now closes after the completion of the post-fight drug test sample collection,” reported Marc Raimondi at the site MMA Fighting on May 6.

In September, WADA announced that “cannabidiol is no longer prohibited.” WADA was founded by and is still largely sponsored by the International Olympic Committee, and so regional agencies like USADA quickly follow its lead when it comes to changes in policy. According to the site MMA Junkie, CBD will be removed from USADA’s list of banned substances in 2018. Psychoactive cannabis remains prohibited by both WADA and USADA.

“Yeah, they changed it compliments of your boy here,” Diaz told MMA Fighting in May, taking credit for the policy shift already in progress.

“I’ve been a game changer,” he added. “We just ain’t get no credit for it.”

Diaz, who along with his brother, fellow MMA fighter Nick Diaz, is an outspoken advocate for cannabis legalization, also told MMA Fighting that though he’d benefitted from industry sponsorships he’d made the decision to try CBD “organically.”

WHY ATHLETES USE CBD OIL AND HEMP FOR BETTER HEALTH & WELLNESS

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It’s easy to see why someone like Diaz would seek out CBD. Though professional athletes are often well paid and showered in fame, pro sports are notoriously hard on the human body and MMA fights, in particular, leave competitors battered and aching.

Science has shown that CBD can reduce inflammation and ease chronic pain, all while causing few side effects. While we don’t know how many athletes use CBD, studies have shown that vaping CBD is a very popular way to take this supplement, alongside other methods like CBD tinctures and gummies.

CBD isn’t the only form of hemp which can benefit athletes, either. Hemp is a high-protein food that’s rich in nutrients, high in fiber, and might even help fight bad cholesterol. Best of all, it tastes delicious, with a rich, nutty flavor. Hemp seeds go great in smoothies or on salads and yogurt, and hemp protein powder is also widely available.

WHY IT MATTERS TO EVERYONE THAT NATE DIAZ AND OTHER ATHLETES CAN USE CBD OIL

In an October 1 discussion on MMA Junkie, retired fighter Danny Downes downplayed the importance of the policy change, while sports columnist Ben Fowlkes called it a small but important shift toward more sensible treatment of fighters who use substances like CBD and cannabis.

“It’s pretty minor, sure, but it’s an encouraging sign,” Fowlkes said.

 

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While it may be a minor change for MMA fighters, we think it could have much bigger repercussions for all of us. Athletes are looked up to as the pinnacle of human prowess, and we often model our behavior on theirs. The athletic community can set a precedent for the wider world and, as we’ve recently seen, professional athletes can also be important advocates for social change.

At Ministry of Hemp, we see this as a positive step forward toward the deregulation of cannabis and the removal of all legal barriers around hemp growing and use. The timing couldn’t be better either: while the DEA has made absurd threats against CBD vendors, Congress is considering fully legalizing hemp through the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is also preparing to advise the World Health Organization about its policy on CBD.

So thank you, Nate Diaz, for helping remove a bit of the stigma around hemp and cannabis, and making the world a little safer for CBD users everywhere.

 

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