In June 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on CBD. The report said that CBD posed no health risks and in fact had several medical uses.

For CBD campaigners, producers, and consumers, this was an important moment. The most significant internal health organisation had confirmed what they had been arguing for years: that CBD is safe – and even beneficial to humans.

In this article, we’ll look at what the WHO report concluded on CBD. But let’s start at the beginning…

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, is a substance derived from the hemp plant. It is one of several hundred cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Hemp, in case you are wondering, is simply a cannabis plant with low THC and high CBD.

THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most famous of cannabis substances. It is the compound that causes recreational users to get high.

CBD, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating. In other words, consuming CBD cannot get you high

Is CBD legal?

That depends. In the UK and most European countries, CBD is completely and widely available for medicinal and general use.

In the USA, however, CBD rules vary from state to state. 

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD is a powerful substance with diverse benefits. People use CBD to help treat the following:

There are endless further uses for CBD. For example, many athletes and fitness fanatics are learning about how CBD can help their workouts. Check out our recent article: Is CBD effective for working out?

Research into this curious substance is ongoing. In the next few years, we should expect to hear about numerous important discoveries related to this amazing compound.

CBD can be consumed in a variety of forms:

(Be sure to buy high-quality products. All of the above is available at the BaldurCBD store!)

The WHO report on CBD

Although it has gained a lot of publicity this year, some readers might be wondering what the WHO is. 

What is the WHO?

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the specialised agency of the United Nations that focuses on global public health. The WHO’s constitution states as its key goal: “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.” 

In other words, the WHO aims to the best of its ability to improve the health of all citizens of the world.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the WHO has six regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.

The WHO has received a lot more attention and scrutiny than usual this year since COVID-19 blasted on to the scene. Nonetheless, it is a widely respected institution with a lot of authority on healthcare.

Let’s look at the WHO report in more detail!

In its opening summary, the WHO said in the report:

In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.

Public health authorities, take note!

The report, of course, did not stop there. In goes into considerable detail, exploring CBD and concerns around it. I am not going to cover every section in this article. But I will pull out and explore some of the more important findings.

Ease of Convertibility into Controlled Substances

Ignore the confusing subtitle! It means that this section looked at whether CBD can be converted into THC, the intoxicating cannabis substance.

This is obviously a concern for health and drug authorities in governments around the world.

But the WHO concluded that there was no evidence of this conversion taking place when CBD was taken orally, for example in oil form. High doses of oral CBD, the report said, do not cause THC-like effects.

Anyone doubtful about CBD due to its cannabis origins can rest easy. THC causes the cannabis high – not CBD. And CBD does not convert into THC when you consume it.


Toxicology is the study of the negative effects of substances on the human body. Again, people who are hesitant about CBD may be concerned about its toxicity, as it is a pretty recent product on the market.

Here’s what the WHO says:

That is all pretty good news. In summary, it means that CBD is safe to consume.

Abuse potential

Here, we are looking at whether you CBD use can lead to abuse, as happens with some drugs, including alcohol.

When given to healthy volunteers, it was found that CBD had no physiological effects. CBD also shows no abuse potential, according to the evidence. This highlights again that CBD is a very safe substance to consume.

Therapeutic use

The treatment of epilepsy is the area in which the clinical use of CBD is most advanced, the report notes.

When the report was written, Epidiolex, the CBD-based treatment for epilepsy, was still in clinical trials. Since then, it has become a prescription drug, approved by the FDA and other similar authorities, used to effectively treat epilepsy. It is not an exaggeration to say that Epidiolex is a life-changing drug. It can help sufferers of epilepsy lead more normal lives.

The report goes on to say that CBD has the potential to treat many other medical conditions. It notes CBD’s many properties:

More research in these areas is needed. But again, we see confirmation from the WHO of the incredible potential of CBD.

Are there any negative effects?

The only risk outlined in the report was possible clashes with other medication. If you are already using prescribed drugs, be sure to check with your doctor before consuming CBD.

For regular consumers who do not take prescribed drugs, there are no risks to consuming CBD products!

Why is the WHO report on CBD so significant?

The endorsement from the World Health Organization was a big step forward. It encouraged closer consideration from governments around the world. News reports read by the public on the WHO’s findings accelerated understanding of CBD.

CBD is a substance that everybody should have the opportunity to use. It has the capacity to treat medical conditions, improve health, reduce anxiety, and increase general wellbeing.

Fortunately for those who live in the UK, CBD products are already widely available. But for too many around the world, access is still limited.

The WHO report on CBD in 2018 was a positive step in the right direction. Let’s hope that as the evidence of the benefits of CBD mounts up, attitudes among drug and medical regulators will change worldwide, for the better of humanity.

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