National Institute on Drug Abuse says CBD has “No Addictive Effects”

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Huge leaps were made for medical cannabis recently when the director of the United States National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA, announced that cannabidiol (CBD) is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” The director, Nora Volkow, also spoke about recent findings suggesting “that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.”

CBD is the non-psychoactive compound found in medical cannabis, and preclinical studies are already showing that CBD possesses many therapeutic properties that cover a wide array of illnesses, including cancer. Right now there are many studies being conducted about CBD, and safety trials are even showing that CBD is “safe and well tolerated” when given to healthy individuals.

Currently there are fifteen states that have made laws permitting people to possess and use high-CBD cannabis extracts for healing, especially surrounding patients who are children affected with epilepsy.

In recent news, Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein of California and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa pleaded with the Obama administration, asking them to “definitively determine if CBD has scientific and medical benefits,” and to “look at expanding compassionate access programs where possible, to benefit as many children as possible.”

Federal law dictates that CBD, which is a form of cannabis, is considered a Schedule I drug that shows a “high potential for abuse…no currently accepted medical use” and so on, if this is the case why would the director of NIDA speak out to the public about the plant’s obviously accepted medical uses? We can’t tell you that, but we can tell you that high quality CBD is proven to be effective as a treatment option for many different health conditions and you should consider using CBD to live a more balanced life.

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