In January of this year, the director general of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) made a bold statement in a report sent to the UN Secretary General. Their letter stated that after many long years of prohibition the WHO cannabis scheduling should be reduced.

Originally, cannabis was scheduled under the most strict guidelines that the World Health Organization could apply to a narcotic substance. This scheduling occurred back in the 1960s amid the many outcries of cannabis hysteria and propaganda.

Now, the director general is suggesting that cannabis should be dropped from Schedule I and reduced to a Schedule III status. This ruling has not yet been made official, but it could be voted on by the end of March.

What Does This Mean For Cannabis Around the World?

If cannabis is put into a Schedule III status, it will encourage nations around the world to allow for the medicinal use of the plant for their citizens. This status would also allow the cannabis plant to be studied with much greater ease.

Luckily, many countries are already legalizing cannabis. Mexico is currently making headway on their recreational legislation, and Canada has been flying high for the last few months. With this global movement in place, it stands to reason that the vote could easily fall in favor of medicinal cannabis.

An Additional World Health Organization CBD Report

Also of interest to health-conscious individuals, is another suggestion made in this report. The letter states that cannabidiol (CBD) products containing under 0.2% THC should not be restricted for sale. After all, CBD is non-psychoactive, non-toxic, and incredibly beneficial for human health. Currently, the U.S. is allowing for the purchase and production of hemp products and flower that contain under 0.3% THC, but many other countries, such as the U.K., are still in controversy over the sale of CBD as a food supplement.

This WHO CBD Report could be pivotal in helping the CBD market grow. CBD global sales are expected to exceed $2 billion by 2020 as it is, and a green flag from the UN could make all the difference for individuals in need of this medicinal compound.

Hopefully, these World Health Organization cannabidiol and cannabis statements mark the end of an error of propaganda and ignorance surrounding this beautiful plant. Humans have been evolving with this plant for over five thousand years, and it is high time the authorities bow out and allow their citizens to have access to this compassionate cannabis treatment.

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