Cannabidiol - therapeutic and legal aspects.Pharmazie. 2020 10 01; 75(10):463-469.P
Cannabidiol (CBD) is an alkaloid present in Cannabis sativa, along with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and more than 100 other substances belonging to a group of compounds called cannabinoids. Whereas the legal status and medical use of Cannabis is a controversial issue in many countries, inconsistent legislation makes CBD status even more complicated. Some CBD products are legal in some countries, while banned in other countries, further compounding the confusion. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first CBD containing medical product, Epidiolex®, for the treatment of paediatric seizures. Currently, several clinical trials are in progress for the potential treatment of neurologic and behavioural disorders. CBD's current legal and regulatory status is a continuously evolving issue; the current review is presenting historical and present information regarding the use of CBD products worldwide.