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NIDA Director Says Cannabidiol Is A “Safe Drug”

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 29, 2015

    The director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Nora Volkow, believes that cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” Volkow made the comments in an op-ed published by The Huffington Post.

    Volkow further acknowledged, “[P]reliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.”

    Preclinical studies have documented CBD to possess a variety of therapeutic activities, including anti-cancer properties, anti-diabetic properties, and bone-stimulating activity. Clinical and observational trials have documented the substance to possess anxiolytic, anti-psychotic, and anti-seizure activity in humans. Safety trials have further concluded the substance to be “safe and well tolerated” when administered to healthy subjects.

    To date, 15 states have enacted laws specifically permitting the possession of high-CBD formulated extracts for therapeutic purposes, primarily for the treatment of pediatric epilepsy.

    In a recent Time Magazine op-ed, Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein (CA) and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley (IA) encouraged the Obama administration 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.”

    Under federal law, CBD — like cannabis — is defined as a Schedule I controlled substance with “a high potential for abuse … no currently accepted medical use, … [and] a lack of accepted safety for the use of the drug … under medical supervision.”

    16 Responses to “NIDA Director Says Cannabidiol Is A “Safe Drug””

    1. YearofAction says:

      Cannabidiol with its medical benefits is derived from cannabis. THC with its medical benefits is derived from cannabis. Cannabis is not marijuana, but marijuana has always been derived from cannabis – how?

      The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L.

      Such a simple definition conforms to the Necessary and Proper clause, as it releases cannabis from the Schedule 1 prison.

      This year is a good time to contact your Congress-persons to reform the unjust definition of marijuana so that it actually shows respect for our Constitution.

    2. Ohio I Am says:

      Hooray. Finally we got some real intelligence in the House.

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      I wonder if this sudden Feinstein/Grassley interest in medicinal cannabis of any sort, including CBD, can be seen as anything but a last gasp drug war girgle against THC and the wonderful, insightful, creative high it produces.

    4. Julian says:

      Great! Thanks for stepping into the 21st century NIDA. Maybe now Congress will pass the CARERS Act and stop funding NIDA to continue decades of using our tax dollars to deny the medical efficacy of cannabis in general? I mean why not? The Senate is officially legalizing cannabanking and marijuana in our nation’s capitol; maybe they’ll all get high and say “fk it! The gig is up. Guess we’ll have to find new ways to launder our dirty campaign money.”

      Oh yeah, thats called Citizens United.

    5. Galileo Galilei says:

      …Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein (CA) and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley (IA) encouraged the Obama administration 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.”

      I would also ask the senators to investigate how research into marijuana’s medical benefits was delayed by manipulating the government apparatchik over the last 30 years. I am NOT being paranoid here. Someone has manipulated our government apparatchik to delay acceptance of marijuana in medicine.

      To thwart the advance of medical science is a crime against us all!

      Just sayin’…

    6. bobwv says:

      The snakes are turning to hide.

    7. Trouble says:

      I hope the people who lied to everyone and blocked all this research for so long stand on trial one day. This is a crime. I personally would like to see them hang by their necks, to be brutally honest. Every single one of them. The days of being mellowed-out nice guys is over. The bastards must pay.

    8. bongstar420 says:

      It would be unsafe if it got you high though

    9. Dudleed says:

      Paul,
      Can someone explain to me why it is that the enactment and repeal of alcohol prohibition took a constitutional amendment, yet cannabis is illegal based on what? Executive order? May make an interesting article.

      [Paul Armentano: Cannabis is prohibited under federal law because of its schedule I classification under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.]

    10. mexweed says:

      $igarets United: create $neakotine ways to get $ecret $acred $igaret money to candidates pledged to $uppress cannabis.

      Combustion clarification: if “marijuana” means $moke produced by combu$tion I’m better off stickin’ with cannabis. A Vaporizer ELIMINATES $moke (monoxide), a cheapo choomette one-hitter with long flexible drawtube makes it possible to MINIMIZE smoke (wait 19 seconds till you’ve harvested all tokeworthy vapors, only then move the half-inch cheapo Chinese lighter flame up closer and glow off the cellulose for that Taste you love to like).

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