World health Organization and the subject of CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is used by people worldwide to treat a whole range of health conditions. Since it has become the plant based alternative for treating some illnesses and relieving the symptoms of others, many people have replaced the use of over the counter medications, or use CBD products in combination with them.
CBD oil extracted from organically grown hemp plants that are grown with sustainable practices and have less than 0.3% THC is considered safe to use. The opioid crisis in the U.S. has drawn attention to the addictive effects of some substances and how they have affected a whole nation. CBD has proven to be valuable in treating these conditions while CBD itself has no addictive effects.
Even though CBD oil and other products have seen a phenomenal rise in sales, there are still many who have expressed their doubts and worries about its use.
CBD Safety and WHO
The Expert Committee on Drug Dependence of the World Health Organization (WHO) recently held their 40th meeting in early 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. They recommended that preparations considered as pure cannabidiol CBD should not be scheduled within International Drug Control Conventions.
They based the above statement on the following observations made in their preliminary report:
- That there were no reported cases of abuse or dependence relating to pure CBD use.
- There have no known public health problems associated with the use of CBD.
- CBD has been found to be generally well tolerated by humans and animals with a good safety profile.
- They found that CBD does not induce physical dependence, cause psychoactive effects nor does it have abuse potential.
- The report pointed out the positive effects of CBD known so far, and mentioned Epidiolex, the only FDA approved CBD medication so far, which treats two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. Even though much research is still needed, they acknowledged that preliminary evidence shows that CBD could prove effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, psychosis, Parkinson’s disease and other conditions.
Since many CBD oil users are active people with a stressful work life, they often ask many questions about travel and CBD products. Here are some of the most frequently asked:
Is it legal to travel with CBD oil or other CBD products across the U.S?
In the U.S it is legal to carry CBD oil that is derived from hemp across all state lines. Travelers should always check out for information about laws at their final destination in the U.S. as a precaution and should definitely ensure that there is no trace of THC in their oil. The best way to know this is to study the label closely.
Can CBD oil be taken on a plane?
As long as the CBD oil is hemp- derived, it can be taken on a plane, but TSA requirements state that the quantity cannot exceed 3.4 oz or 100 millimeters of liquid. The same applies for other CBD products such as tablets, balms, gummies and other non-liquid products; they should not be taken with if their THC ratio is higher than the 0.3% allowance as they will set off the scanner. Capsules might pose a problem when going through the scanner as the liquid within them could add up to more than the allowed quantity.
For those with a fear of flying or who get extremely anxious in the air, CBD hemp oil will help soothe them during their flight.
If there is a little liquid in a large bottle, it will not be allowed on board in accordance with the TSA requirements.
Can you be arrested if flying overseas with CBD oil?
Overseas travel might entail stopovers in countries that consider it an illegal substance and it’s something not worth getting in trouble for. If the final destination allows the use of CBD hemp-oil products then the traveler can purchase them there, or can mail them to their forwarding destination.
How to pack the liquid bottle you will be taking on board with you?
These will have to be placed in a separate bag and stored somewhere accessible. As you pass security you will have to remove it from your bag and place it in a bin on its own to run through the scanner. This is the standard procedure and you won’t want t hold up the line as you dig in your baggage to find it.
Since most people who use CBD find that it relaxes them, others say that it causes some lethargy or drowsiness, but none report that it is intoxicating.
For those concerned about its safety, the WHO report backs what many have known for many years: CBD is safe to use, is non-addictive and offers many benefits, some proven and some still needing to be researched further. Research had been difficult until the New Farm Bill was passed, but many countries have approved the use of CBD as a safe alternative to several medications and the FDA will also approve them here as the research results start coming in.
For anyone contemplating to take CBD as a supplement or as an alternative to prescribed medication, it is best that they consult with their doctor or healthcare professional. Once they decide on using CBD it is best to ensure that the best possible quality of hemp oil products is purchased to ensure that they are free of toxins and chemicals. The U.S. has many reputable brands of products that come with independent third- party testing certification.
Experts suggest that the smallest possible dose be used initially, which can always be increased if necessary.
The positive WHO report has given those who have suffered needlessly because of their fear of the effects of CBD oil new hope.