The World Health Organization (WHO) is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that works closely with 194 countries to help their societies gain better health outcomes. Together with the infrastructure that the United Nations has already established, the WHO brings preventative care, education, medications, and other treatments to people in need across the planet.
Cannabis, a plant that yields psychoactive flowers known for the wide variety of medical benefits they offer, grows readily in all environments. Unfortunately, the plant and its sticky, smelly flowers are outlawed by most nations. Under United Nations law, which the World Health Organization is required to follow, cannabis is listed as a Schedule IV drug, meaning it is among the most heavily-restricted drugs in the world, including the likes of heroin, ultra-potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl and its derivatives, and other drugs in the opioids family.
Fortunately for current users and potential beneficiaries of cannabis across the world, the WHO just might be on the bring of rescheduling cannabis and its derivatives.
While this news hasn’t been independently verified yet, a leak from an anonymous insider within the ranks of the World Health Organization this month indicates that advocates from the United Nations are set to petition the organization’s highest-ranking members to take cannabis and concentrates of its psychoactive cannabinoids and either lower their scheduling or remove them entirely from international legislation.
According to the leak, the advocating public health experts will argue to have cannabis flower that contains concentrations of THC, the cannabinoid primarily responsible for the “feel-good” effects of the drug, lower than 0.2 percent by weight removed entirely from legislation. Those strains of marijuana that have super-low THC and high levels of CBD, the latter of which is responsible for the majority of cannabis’ positive health effects, are known as hemp.
Extracts, tinctures, and resins of the cannabis plant will be petitioned by the public health experts of the United Nations mentioned above to be rescheduled to Schedule I, the lowest, least-restrictive classification for drugs that the United Nations considers illegal.
Right now, statistics indicate that some 275 million people regularly consume cannabis around the world. Since legislation that punishes cannabis use, cultivation, sale, distribution, and possession is responsible in and of itself for the majority of issues related to the drug, many experts believe that countries and other governments like the United Nations should make cannabis and its derivatives, if not other drugs, legal.