National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Says Cannabidiol is Safe and Nonaddictive

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Says Cannabidiol is Safe and Nonaddictive

Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Nora Volkow.

Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), says that cannabidiol (CBD) – a compound found in cannabis – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” The comments were made in an op-ed for The Huffington Post.

“[P]reliminary data suggest that [cannabidiol] may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions”, says Volkow.

Volkow notes that “Studies related to its possible use in the treatment of substance use disorders are being funded by NIDA, while other NIH [National Institute of Health] Institutes are funding work on the potential of CBD and other cannabinoids in treating neurological and psychiatric disorders, disorders of the immune system and metabolism, and cancer.”

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Volkow ends her op-ed saying; “In short, CBD appears to be a safe drug with no addictive effects, and the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions. Addressing barriers that slow clinical research with CBD would accelerate progress. NIDA will do what we can to address such barriers and expedite the study of this potentially valuable compound, as well as other components of the marijuana plant.”

The full op-ed can be found by clicking here.



  • Paul Shepherd
    July 31, 2015

    I took cannabis many years ago to help with my anxiety ! Am on meds now that don’t come close to what cannabis did for me . I quit when the price got too high .and we started having children That was twenty years ago . Plus they started checking for it ! I quit and never had any side affects or with drawl .I can’t say the same for tobacco ! I had a very tough time trying for years to quit smoking tobacco ! I quit 10 years ago and still crave for a smoke ! I get so tired of people talking about how additive and harmful cannabis is . If I could legally use cannabis for my anxiety I would . I am getting dependent on Xanax which CAN be addictive ! I have read so many false and half truths about cannabis . Where do they get they’re findings from ! I am living proof that it is non addictive . All of my friends` that have quit cannabis , never had a problem quitting cannabis . But some are still hooked to tobacco . You want to take a dangerous and unhealthy drug off the market , that’s the one to take off the market . There are so many uses for cannabis that are too long to name off now ! So what happens when someone overdoses on alcohol , meth , crack heroin and others ? Death ! What happens when a cannabis over doses ? they fall asleep , With no side affects nor even a hang over ! Some day I hope I see the day that is legal to use in all 50 states . I know Nebraska will be one of the last to approve it . I might not live long enough to see it . So I may have to move to Colorado . Look at the millions of tax revenue it has brought in . Not mention the number of people not in jail for having a joint in their pocket 1 Just my two cents worth . I know I am probably talking to a wall , but at least I tried !

    • Anonymous
      July 31, 2015

      I live in wisconsin they won’t be legalizing it any time soon either

  • Nadine
    July 31, 2015

    It’s a start But I, being a whole food type of person, believe the plants should be tested and grown for the type they produce more of, to work with them naturally. Grow and consume whole plant for whole benefit. When I lived in Washington I’d buy high cbd plants and make butter for breakfast, whole plant, and have toast. Lasted most of the day when a puff of concentrated sativa would get me through until evening. Indica is the script for nights, for me anyway.
    Now that I live in a non-legal state my mental issues are rearing their ugly heads again. I REFUSE prescriptions that made me fat, lazy, and even sicker. Screw that And, pardon the horse but, the horse they rode in on, I tell ya what! Already back on pain meds and I hate that but with a very bad back, bad feet, and little focus I am ready to move. At least I have more choices now 🙂

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