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Food and Drug Administration find marijuana CBD ‘beneficial’

CBD and THC oil extracts

The Food and Drug Administration has released a notice in which they acknowledge that Cannabidiol (CBD), an active component of the cannabis plant, otherwise known as marijuana, has been shown to be beneficial in a number of ways.

This notice comes in preparing a response to the World Health Organization regarding the abuse liability and diversion for a number of drugs where they are requesting public comment.

Beneficial uses are described as treatment for neurological disorders, including those of seizure and epilepsy.

Their statement in full concerning CBD:

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. CBD has been shown to be beneficial in experimental models of several neurological disorders, including those of seizure and epilepsy. In the United States, CBD-containing products are in human clinical testing in three therapeutic areas, but no such products are approved by FDA for marketing for medical purposes in the United States. CBD is a Schedule I controlled substance under the CSA. At the 37th (2015) meeting of the ECDD, the committee requested that the Secretariat prepare relevant documentation to conduct pre-reviews for several substances, including CBD.

CBD oil is legal in medical marijuana states, and has shown promise in helping those who suffer from a number of ailments.

According to Project CBD, some of those conditions include pain, autism, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.

Unlike THC, the compound in marijuana which produces a high, CBD does not produce such an effect. This makes it useful in helping to treat conditions in which a person doesn’t want to experience a high. However, while CBD by itself has shown much promise, many advocates of its use say that it is best used as part of an “entourage effect,” meaning that is it consumed as part of the whole cannabis plant.

A number of children with severe seizures have been unable to get control of their symptoms with CBD extract, and are required to combine the other components of the cannabis plant, including THC, in order to obtain relief. One such case is that of Alexis Bortell, whose family had to leave Texas for Colorado so that she could obtain access to her medicine.

Since then, she has gone over two years without a major seizure, and her parents credit this to whole plant medical cannabis. Before she left Texas, she was experiencing multiple traumatic seizures on a daily basis.

The Drug Enforcement Administration released a memo earlier this year stating that contrary to prevailing beliefs, CBD oil is federally illegal. Despite this, the oil is found in numerous stores and can be ordered on the internet. However with a lack of testing on these products, it is often found that they contain little CBD, or contain numerous other contaminants.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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