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World Health Organization to Review CBD & Fake Pot

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World Health Organization to Review CBD & Fake Pot

The World Health Organization will review the impacts of rescheduling around cannabidiol and some synthetic pot ingredients in Geneva this fall.

The Food and Drug Administration is asking for input on the “abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of 17 substances,” including CBD.

The United States signed the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances, which says if a party to the convention or WHO has information about a substance they believe requires international controls for public health and safety (or change in such control), they will notify the secretary general of the United Nations and provide information in support of their opinion. That action gets the substances onto a list, which is set to be reviewed in the fall.

The mystery of what will be in the opinion on CBD has activists, like longtime cannabis researcher and International Cannabis Farmers Association board member, Dr. Amanda Reiman, guessing and presuming the worst.

“I wish I were more confident that this is a sign of the federal government finally coming around to the medicinal value of cannabis,” Reiman said, adding she is glad that they are having this conversation but that she is “fearful that this is happening because they have figured out how to pharmaceuticalize CBD and are looking for a way to move it from the illicit market into a pharmaceutical one. That being said, everyone should have access to CBD, whether it is in a pill or in the plant.”

NORML deputy director Paul Armentano hopes the nation’s recommendation to the committee will be based on scientific evidence, but isn’t holding his breath on the subject.

“Given the longstanding politicization of the cannabis plant, it would hardly be surprising to see those involved in this decision maintain their ‘flat Earth’ position as it pertains to the safety and efficacy of cannabis and organic cannabinoids,” he said.

Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project had a slightly more optimistic take.

“My guess will be they recommend to keep it status quo unless there is a lot of pressure from a research contingent,” Fox said. “I certainly hope that is the case.”

Synthetic cannabinoids

Two of the fake pot ingredients to be reviewed have already faced a ton of scrutiny both abroad and in the U.S., where a temporary scheduling order was issued making them Schedule I narcotics. The first, 5F-ADB, was first identified in November 2014 during a post-mortem chemical analysis on someone who died using one of the “spice” or “K2” brands that contained it.

In Japan, 5F-ADB was found in autopsies of 10 people who died from unexplained drug overdoses in late 2014. Japan quickly criminalized the compound, which is believed to be more potent than many of its fake pot predecessors due to the extremely low levels found in the dead people.

The other already banned stateside is 5F–APINACA. According to a 2014 report in Forensic Toxicology, this synthetic cannabinoid was discovered in South Korea. It is already banned in China, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The non-cannabinoid substances under review this fall include various forms of fentanyl and ketamine.

TELL US, are you concerned about the WHO’s interest in CBD?



  1. John W

    August 28, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I can’t imagine why CBD’s would be banned. I don’t see a harmful aspect to it, only positive. I am not aware of any side affects unlike most medications I see advertised. This is probably just another example of corrupt politics.

  2. randy ellis

    August 25, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I had skin cancer on my nose for over four years. I used an extract called cowboy extract. It s very similar to rick simpson oil. Cancer was gone in less than a week and never returned to my nose. I still get a few spots here and there but the thc and cdb clear them right up. Why are we letting so many people suffer or die because pharma will not allow it to become a legitimate cure.

  3. Charlie

    August 25, 2017 at 5:38 am

    My RA is managed with far less prescription drugs and side effects. Very positive results.

  4. Sandra Quest

    August 25, 2017 at 5:03 am

    My doctor prescribed me Marinol after my brain surgery and it helped me to regain my speech quickly, in being able to remember and most importantly in being able to feel like a human again. It regulated my whole system like magic. It was definitely a miracle of science for people with horrific brain problems like mine.

  5. Lawrence Erbeck

    August 25, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Organically grown strains of high cbd cannabis has allowed me to continue working in a tough work environment without the high involved with prescription drugs, and continue living a lifestyle free of the side effects of high doses of pain and anxiety meds. Cannabis and the extractions I use derived from high cbd medical strains help in so many ways. I am not on disability after literally breaking my back. I am 65.

  6. David Manevich

    August 25, 2017 at 12:43 am

    CBD oil and candy made from tincture have helped my Dad (who is 85 and has prostate cancer). To slerp throuh the night and help to recooperate after strenuous activity.
    I also have had relief from chronic pain and helps me to sleep. It is completely safe and harmless.

  7. JJ

    August 24, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I was addicted to Norco and Opana for 10 years. I finally tried CBD oil and edibles. I have Lupus and RA. I’m off all pain meds and I rarely have pain. I can vape 1 hit and be free of pain for hours. It’s not legal where I live,so I have to have pain until the government wakes up and gets their stuff together.

  8. Michael James Clabaugh

    August 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I had 2 surgery’s this year, neck fusion (C3 to C7) and back fusion (L3 to S1) I was given 10mg Percocet 2 every 4 hours=80 pills a week.
    My neck surgery was October 2016 and I was on opioid pain pills for 5 months, when I tried to get off of them I was SICK, felt like I was going to die. So I grabbed some marijuana and in 3 days I was off the pills. No withdrawals, no pain.
    So my back surgery was exactly 6 months to the day, but a week before my back surgery I got some CBD and went into surgery with as much CBD in my system as I could get before my surgery.
    The next day I was up and able to walk and went home. Found more marijuana and when I went back to my surgeon he was shocked at how good I was healing. I stopped walking with a Cain, I have my balance back, and I stopped my pain meds with MARIJUANA.
    I had used Percocet 10mg, 80 pills a week for a total of 10 months=3,200 pills.

    If it wasn’t for marijuana, I am positive I either would have accidentally Overdosed, or have an addiction.
    I CHOOSE MARIJUANA. not pharmaceutical medication at all.
    Strictly marijuana and CBD..

    This whole plant is a miracle.

  9. Zork

    August 24, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    CBD’s have fantastic efficacy…….They have stopped my migraines and Fibromyalgia…while improving on musculature and skeletal health….also it causes apoptis in cancer cells……as well as hundreds of other uses, as medicine……esp for epilepsy patients…

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