FDA Declares CBD ‘Beneficial,’ Wants Your Input ASAP

FDA Declares CBD ‘Beneficial,’ Wants Your Input ASAP – by Bruce Barcott –  August 14, 2017

The United Nations is trying to figure out how to categorize cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive and medically beneficial cannabinoid contained in cannabis. And UN officials, through the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are asking for your help.

The FDA declared that
‘CBD has been shown to be beneficial
Now the agency needs your comments to back it up.

All those who have information on, or experience with, the use of CBD as a healing substance are encouraged to comment at this federal website

Sept. 13 is the deadline for public comment, and no input will be considered after that date.

FDA officials put out a call for comments in this morning’s Federal Register, seeking information about CBD and how the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) should designate it under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. In doing so, the FDA acknowledged the ‘beneficial’ effects CBD has shown in patients with neurological disorders.

CBD is one of 17 substances currently under scheduling review by the WHO.

This process affects only the WHO and the United Nations.

It does not directly deal with the status of CBD under the federal Controlled Substances Act—but it could have an indirect effect by influencing the outcome of the conflict over the federal categorization of cannabidiol.

That puts the FDA at odds with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which late last year attempted to declare CBD a Schedule I substance.

Schedule I drugs, by definition, have “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”

The other drugs under consideration by the UN include six types of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, five synthetic cannabinoid agonists (of the K2 and Spice type), and the psychoactive muscle relaxant ketamine.

Ketamine: An Anti-Depressant?

Ketamine is currently not scheduled under international controls.

As the UN reconsiders ketamine one more time, the drug’s usefulness as an anti-depressant is receiving major mainstream coverage. Last week Time magazine ran a cover story on ketamine that heralded its potential as a breakthrough drug:

“The biggest development has been the rediscovery of a promising, yet fraught, drug called ketamine. It’s best known as a psychedelic club drug that makes people hallucinate, but it may also have the ability to ease depression—and fast.

In a race to shape the next generation of antidepressants, Johnson & Johnson and Allergan are fast-tracking new medicines inspired by ketamine.”

The FDA will prepare an evaluation of the drugs under consideration for the United Nations, but federal officials will not make any recommendations to the UN regarding whether the drugs should be subject to international controls.

For further information, contact James Hunter at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Controlled Substance Staff in Maryland.

He’s at 301-796-3156, and can also be reached at james.hunter@fda.hhs.gov.

4 thoughts on “FDA Declares CBD ‘Beneficial,’ Wants Your Input ASAP

  1. scott michaels

    Im sure cbd worka dor aome people. However, i am a high doae opioid chronic pain patient suffering daily because of forced REDUCTION by kaiser. I dont believe replacing opioid with cbd works. I dont get high fromy medicine and just becoming a stoned out person in pain would help me. My dr would not allow both. I used thc for many years in my youth. When i broke my back skiing weed did nothing for me exceptake me hungry and STONED..fine for light chronic pain or acute pain severe chronic pain no. We need our opioid therapy. As long as we arw good boys and girls and take as directed we should not be punished

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    1. Zyp Czyk Post author

      Agreed – CBD doesn’t work for me either.

      I take antidepressants and Lyrica for pain too, but I still can’t do without opioids in addition.

      We’re all unique individuals and should have the right to find, try, and use whatever drug, therapy, treatment, or combination thereof that is available to manage our pain.

      Kaiser is killing my mom by reducing her to 2 Vicodin/day. She was an active walker and socialized, but now she’s mostly in bed.

      Literally, they are condemning this otherwise fit & healthy woman to bed and, at 88, that will certainly kill her.

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      1. Emily Raven

        I’m so sorry you have to watch an elder go through this. If this happened to any of my family I don’t know if I could keep a level head. It makes me really sick thinking what our country is doing to parents/grandparents and elders that had physical jobs they were proud of for most of their lives that kept our infrastructure and insustires going. These are moms and dads and aunts and uncles with young ones that care about them and want them to send retirement doing things they enjoy. I’m so sorry :(

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        1. Zyp Czyk Post author

          Thank you for your reply – you remind me how many seniors will be suffering as pain control becomes less of a health priority. Leaving pain untreated will shorten many elderly lives and I’m willing to bet it lowers our national life expectancy even more.

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