Historic turning point: the UN recognizes the therapeutic properties of cannabis

Historic turning point: the UN recognizes the therapeutic properties of cannabis

AFTER DECADES OF WAITING, THE WORLD’S LEADING ORGANIZATION HAS REACHED A DECISION DESTINED TO OPEN UP NEW SCENARIOS FOR THE WORLD OF CANNABIS AND ITS THERAPEUTIC USE

Among the supporters of legal cannabis, the news had been in the air for some time. Besides, its spread put an end to a wait that lasted more than half a century, making official a decision destined to go down in history, which could constitute a watershed for the legal hemp’s future destinies.

We at Justbob, as a leading operator in the online cannabis sales sector with products ranging from collectable marijuana to CBD oil, have followed this story with interest and want to share the latest news with our blog readers.

In light of the United Nations’ decision regarding hemp, several changes of opinion and fact about this precious plant will take place.

The UN decision on cannabis

The usefulness of the hemp plant in the medical world has been under discussion for a long time. But December 2, 2020, certainly marks a crucial point in favour of its use.

In fact, on this day the vote on some points examined at the request of the World Health Organization (WHO) took place at the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, including the elimination of cannabis from table IV of the Single Convention on narcotics.

UN meeting on the properties of cannabis for medical use

We are talking about a document from 1961, which establishes which drugs are considered “particularly harmful and of no prooved therapeutic value”. Cannabis has always been included in this blacklist, along with other hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin, since this document was written.

Over the years, there has never been such a marked change in the classification of the toxicity and beneficial impact of a substance from this list.

Cannabis has not only been removed from table IV. Still, it has been recognized by a good number of scientists as a useful substance for therapeutic purposes. It has also been made possible by the strong push of the WHO, which has been lobbying the United Nations for at least two years for this almost 60-year-old treaty to be re-evaluated.

Only the indecision of some states and the presence of a prolonged debate between countries favouring this decision and countries more likely to maintain the current status have meant that this vote has only just taken place.

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However, hemp remains present in the table of prohibited substances (table I) and illegal at the international level, except for some countries with their particularities.

medical cannabis research

The outcome of the United Nations vote and its consequences

During this meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, a decisive decision for the future of cannabis came, as most Member States (including Italy, which voted in favour of the resolution) positively regarding the WHO proposal.

Among the voting countries, there was a positive propensity for resolution on the Americas and the European Union (the only vote against that of Orban’s Hungary). In contrast, the Asian and African countries expressed themselves negatively.

In addition to this critical decision, however, the UN’s position is also expected: the one that could untie cannabidiol ( CBD ), or the active therapeutic principle of hemp, from the label of a narcotic substance and therefore make it free from constraints and limitations.

But already the deletion of hemp from Table IV will in all likelihood be a driving force for several changes within various states, as each government can classify the plant independently, and this change will presumably give rise to new debates on the topic of legalization.

What is inevitable, and it is a positive factor, is that this resolution will make it possible to streamline and encourage research-oriented to the use of medical cannabis in the treatment of various situations such as:

  • tumours;
  • epilepsy;
  • Parkinson’s disease;
  • chronic pain;
  • sclerosis.

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This type of hemp used in Italy has been allowed for about ten years now, naturally regulated by a medical prescription. However, on-site production is still only able to meet a fraction of the demand for legal marijuana for medical purposes, and most of the product has to be imported.

Judging by a study by the International Narcotics Control Board, which estimates an annual requirement of marijuana for medical use in Italy of almost two tons. From this recent decision, it is likely that a debate on further cultural and legal openness to cannabis (perhaps not only for medical use but also for cannabis light ) vigorously regain footing even in the Bel Paese.

JustBob’s blog readers, allegedly advocates of legal weed, it is a scenario that would be a significant achievement.

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