The WHO Says Medical Cannabis is Safe
After months of deliberation, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that medical cannabis is safe. The WHO spent months analysing scientific research, anecdotal accounts and the ever-increasing popularity in, and spotlight on, medical marjiuana. In a comprehensive report released in late 2017, the WHO sums up the benefits of using medical cannabis oil wisely to treat common ailments and chronic disease. The decision to say that medical cannabis is safe comes from a system that is safe. If medical cannabis is deemed an appropriate medication, it should then fit the regulations surrounding all medications – that are only approved after many trials and tests using scientific data to back up decisions made. The negative aspects of using cannabis would also be highlighted – using certain cannabinoids to get high for recreational purposes can have negative consequences and these are all documented.
Cannabinoids Interact with Endocannabinoids for Health
The WHO notes that some cannabinoids in the cannabis plant do have medicinal properties. Even the psychoactive compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has therapeutic qualities to treat nausea, appetite loss and some physiological and neurological diseases. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the cannabinoid which is non-psychoactive and a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer. Used in combination with THC, CBD mitigates the psychoactive powers of the THC and the two chemical compounds can treat chronic dis-ease. CBD has been used to treat epilepsy, psychosis, inflammation and some mental conditions. THC has had success in treating epilepsy and obesity.
Using Cannabis as a Safe Medication
THC and CBD work with the body’s endocannabinoid system, an ancient system comprising cannabinoid receptors, endogenous cannabinoids that zone in on these receptors, enzymes that bring about changes in the endocannabinoid system and more. When the WHO says medical cannabis is safe, it is referring to this process where vital endocannabinoids aim to ensure the balance of pleasure, metabolism, moods, mental states, physical states and the processing of pain and sensory information.
The entire cannabis plant can be used to treat human health and maladies of mind and body – based on this knowledge about cannabinoids interacting with the endocannabinoid system. There is a movement afoot to revitalise cannabis as a viable medication, a safe medicine. Already there is evidence that medical cannabis can treat pain, seizures, mental illnesses, arthritis, insomnia, anxiety and more.
Strict Regulations Will Follow Ongoing Research
THC remains a pyschoactive drug which therefore needs strict regulations around its use as a safe cannabis medication. Strict dosages need to be monitored and each patient will have unique reactions to the use of THC and even CBD which has no real side effects. The WHO acknowledge that therapeutic cannabinoids should not create any type of addiction if they really work. Many countries are allowing the use of medical cannabis as a safe therapy and alternative to other drugs known for their harsh side effects. Research into the use of medical cannabis is increasing and evidence is mounting that, if used responsibly, as part of a medical programme, medical cannabis is safe.
Medication versus Recreation – Is Cannabis Safe?
On the other side of the coin, in the same report, the WHO acknowledges that cannabis is the most popular drug used in the world, and mostly illegally. And nearly 200 million people use cannabis as a recreational drug, not as a medication. The WHO urges people who use medical cannabis to make sure it is safe – choose reputable companies who make organic and natural products that boost the health of body and mind. As more people around the world turn to medical cannabis as a safe alternative to modern pharmaceuticals, more research is being done to ensure that this natural therapy is safe for consumption. The WHO wants to stay a step ahead of all the findings and to ensure that when used responsibly, medical cannabis is safe.
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