A Background on WHO and NIDA

Maybe you’ve heard conflicting reports on the safety and effectiveness of CBD, making it difficult for you to decide whether or not this plant compound is worth a try.  The CBD industry is very new, having existed for only a handful of years, so it’s not surprising that a lot of people still don’t understand a whole lot about it, or trust it completely.  After all, if you’re going to be consuming a natural wellness product on a daily basis, you want to make sure that it’s safe and that it’s going to work, right?

If you’re on the fence about CBD, you should know that major health organizations are onboard the CBD train just like much of the general public.  NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) and WHO (World Health Organization) are two massively important organizations that have thoroughly reviewed the research regarding CBD, only to report that it’s capable of living up to the expectations while being able to be taken regularly.

So, who are these organizations, and why do their opinions matter so much?  Allow us to take a closer look into WHO and NIDA in order to understand why their pro-CBD statements are so important for the hemp industry as a whole.

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

NIDA is an instate that’s funded by the federal government and uses government resources to fund important research regarding drugs.  Their mission is to put an end to drug abuse and drug addiction throughout the country by using research to promote new legislation regarding how drugs may be sold, marketed, produced and consumed by the general public. 

NIDA’s origins go back to 1935, when the founders created one of the first drug addiction centers in a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.  In 1974, they became an official government organization, receiving funding to do proper and thorough research.  Their work is considered prolific, as they’ve developed new ways to research and test drugs in order to determine their safety, effectiveness and potential to be addictive.

Recently, NIDA was granted permission to produce medical marijuana for research purposes, which has allowed them to study cannabis in ways that other research organizations simply cannot due to a lack of funding. 

WHO (World Health Organization)

WHO is an agency that’s funded by the United Nations.  Established in 1948, WHO’s headquarters are in Switzerland.  61 countries around the world have signed the constitution created by WHO, giving them incredible authority on an international level.  While NIDA deals specifically with drugs, WHO deals with health matters around the world.  They’re widely credited with the sharp decrease in cases of smallpox and have also devoted much of their efforts to researching and trying to eradicate tuberculosis, HIV and the Ebola virus.  Their mission is simple: to ensure that everyone on the planet has the potential to attain optimal health.

Because CBD exists in the natural health market, WHO has also studied the hemp plant intensively.  Because of their authority on all health matters throughout the world, their views on CBD are highly respected by authorities and lawmakers.

Due to their uniquely high budget for research, WHO has been able to study CBD on a level that other organizations simply cannot due to a lack of funds.  This means that WHO has been able to make claims about CBD that other health organizations are incapable of due to a lack of studies.  

What These Two Organizations Mean to the CBD Industry

WHO and NIDA are instrumental in the pro-CBD laws throughout our country, as well as the general public’s trust toward the industry.  Both organizations have thoroughly researched CBD using their enormous budgets, and both have reported positive findings.

In 2015, NIDA published a report advocating for CBD . NIDA also stressed the importance of as much research on CBD as possible so that this hemp-based product can be more accessible to the general public.  NIDA also stressed that according to research, CBD appears to be safe, with no risk of major side effects, nor a risk of addiction.  **Bear in mind that NIDA has the means to test the safety and risk of addiction regarding drugs like few other organizations can.**

WHO has also been outspoken on the CBD industry, stating that it’s likely safe to consume, and that is has the strong potential to be highly effective.  WHO has even gone as far as to say that CBD should be considered medicine, and should be supported by the medical industry because of its many potential effects and relative safety.

Now, as you can imagine, the CBD industry needs these huge, influential organizations as allies at this point in time.  Again, the industry is extremely new, and, like all wellness industries, is subject to much scrutiny.  As you may know, the FDA still hasn’t really regulated the hemp market, which means that the legal state of CBD is subject to sudden changes, and that the market is inconsistent when it comes to quality.  If the public is going to trust our industry, that consistency must be in place, and CBD must be highly accessible, not to mention supported by the medical industry.  Organizations like WHO and NIDA are striving to make that happen.

Industry Support Seems to Be Growing

If it weren’t for organizations like WHO and NIDA that support CBD, the industry could very well be struggling to find fair legislation.  It’s important to keep in mind that both of these major organizations developed their pro-CBD stance after reviewing extensive research findings.  Therefore, take into consideration that these prestigious organizations advocate for hemp while you decide whether or not you feel comfortable starting a CBD regimen. 

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