Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in marijuana that causes many of the positive effects people receive from using the drug, such as pain relief. Considering the amount of research done on CBD, the World Health Organization (WHO) says it should be legalized.
WHO released a report this week in which they recommending that CBD be removed from controlled substance lists around the world. They based this recommendation off research they conducted in which they determined the substance does not lead to public health problems.
"Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related conditions. Current evidence also shows that cannabidiol is not likely to be abused or create dependence as for other cannabinoids (such as Tetra Hydro Cannabinol (THC), for instance)," WHO said in their report.
Studies have shown CBD's effectiveness at treating epileptic seizures, pain, insomnia and inflammation, and WHO noted that preliminary research has shown it could also help with Alzheimer's disease, Crohn's disease, certain forms of cancer and Parkinson's disease.
They also noted that in addition to the medical benefits, it poses almost no risks to users.
"In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential," the report reads. "To date, there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
WHO will conduct further studies on CBD in May 2018, and will also study marijuana and cannabis-derived substances at that time as well.