In March, hashish might now not seem on the record of harmful medication


Cannabis could no longer appear on the list of dangerous drugs due to a request from the World Health Organization (WHO), which assured it could be a historic decision.

Although the final decision is to be made in Austria in the weeks to come between March 18 and 22 at the Narcotics Commission meeting. WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom, who sent a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, recommended that governments remove cannabis and its oil from List IV of the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs because the plant has therapeutic properties.

Why should cannabis be removed from the list of dangerous drugs?

For the WHO, this list contains substances that have no therapeutic benefit and are dangerous. This no longer applies to this flower, which was added to the list in 1961.

In the classification list, IV is the strictest, meaning that cannabis currently has the same treatment as heroin, which limits the work of experts who want to study the medicinal effects of the flower.

After several analyzes by WHO drug experts (Ecdd for the acronym in English) who advocated the therapeutic potential of cannabis for the treatment of pain and other diseases such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, the organization submitted the application.

The Ecdd also proposes to exclude cannabidiol (CBD) products, which are made from cannabis and contain no more than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, from all international drug control conventions.

Another recommendation is to list THC as a drug to facilitate its classification, as it is currently on List IV of the 1971 Psychotropic Substances Convention.

The WHO proposal stipulates that this plant and its derivatives will reach a less restrictive level.

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Beth Edmonds