Economic and Social Council


1088th Plenary Meeting
30 July 1959

1959/730(XXVIII)E.The question of cannabis: Medical use of cannabis drugs*/


The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling its resolution 548 F I (XVIII) of 12 July 1954, and the opinion37/ expressed by the World Health Organization's Expert Committee on Addiction-Producing Drugs on the medical use of cannabis drugs,

Considering that certain pharmacodynamic properties, in particular antibiotic qualities of resinous parts of the cannabis plant, have been recently investigated in several countries,

Recalling that the third draft of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs contains an express provision for the prohibition of the medical use of cannabis drugs except in certain systems of indigenous medicine,

1. Invites the World Health Organization to prepare, in the light of recent research on the subject, a report on the use of cannabis for the extraction of useful drugs, particularly of the antibiotic type, and if possible to make the report available in sufficient time for the fifteenth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs;

2. Requests the Secretary-General, if the report cannot be presented to the Commission at its fifteenth session, to put it at the disposal, in sufficient time, of the countries and organizations participating in the plenipotentiary conference which will be called in accordance with Council resolution 689 J (XXVI) of 28 July 1958 for the adoption of the Single Convention, with a view to a possible modification of the provisions of the Single Convention in order to permit the use of cannabis for the extraction of useful drugs.

1088th plenary meeting,
30 July 1959.

37/ See World Health Organization: Technical Report Series No. 57, p. 11.

*/ Adopted as recommended by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in its resolution 7 (XIV) (E/3254-E/CN.7/376, para. 308 and chap. XIV sec. 1 draft resolution D), with minor amendments.