After months of deliberation, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that medical marijuana has NO public health risks and is beneficial for cancer, Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s and other diseases, the Daily Mail reports. Additionally, the WHO determined that medical cannabis should not be a scheduled drug — which it is in the U.S. — and should NOT be withheld from patients who need it.

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In a deep sea of government attempts to drown out medical cannabis, this is a lifeboat declaration coming from the top health agency in the world. While more than two dozen U.S. states have already legalized medical marijuana, across the country, others, such as Indiana, are cracking down on its use, including cannabidiol oil (CBD), making it impossible for people to obtain it unless the state chooses to legalize it.

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The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is also increasing its scrutiny of companies making CBD products, thus playing a role in keeping CBD as a Schedule 1 drug. One problem with this is that FDA not only is the country’s drug regulator, but runs partially on funds assessed to drug companies. That may be why Big Pharma is trying to move in on CBD to claim it as a drug that should fall under their umbrella. And that’s a travesty, particularly with pain therapy, as medical marijuana is far safer than commonly used pain drugs like opioids.

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Medical marijuana is a vastly underused therapeutic option that has been wrongly vilified. It has a long list of medicinal uses. It’s an excellent muscle relaxer, easing spasms and pain. (For this use, it can be applied topically, although edible versions tend to provide the deepest and most long-lasting relaxation and pain relief.) It helps with nausea caused by chemotherapy, improves digestive function and even helps alleviate glaucoma. From seizure prevention to being a viable, nonaddictive alternative to opioids, there are so many good medical uses for this product that it’s high time for the U.S. and individual states to “get with it” and follow the WHO’s recommendations and legalize it, now.

*Article originally appeared at Mercola.