In 2018 medical marijuana has been approved and legal in the UK. Now, treatments can be prescribed but only in cases such as where other medicines have failed and only by specialist doctors. The treatments will be prescribed only in rare cases such as severe forms of epilepsy in kids, adults with symptoms such as nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and adults that suffer from muscle stiffness caused by more sclerosis. The patients will most likely take the treatment through cannabis pills, capsules, and oil but in no way through smoking.
The conclusion came after two kids under 15 years old were suffering from severe epilepsy and got treated with cannabis oil that was not legally available in the UK and the boys were since given special licenses they have access to their treatments.
After all, a review of medicinal cannabis that was split into two parts and it came to the conclusion that the medicinal cannabis had therapeutic benefits and that doctors should be able to prescribe this kind of medicines. However, a small problem exists among the professional doctors that have not been trained and taught about the use of this medicine before and they avoid as much as possible to write a prescription in something they are not sure about. Also, they can not sell cannabis-based medicines in pharmacies. The medical cannabis prescribed by doctors will also contain compounds of cannabis, CBD and low levels of THC – the psychoactive substance found in cannabis. CBD comes from Cannabidiol and is one of the 104 substances found in the marijuana plant. It is mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut for creating the oil. The patients that are interested in obtaining a CBD oil regarding medical purposes will have to apply for a license number under a temporary approval panel, then the panel will consider the merits of each case and establish whether the criteria have been met.
Also, once with CBD being legal by the law many health stores started selling this kind of products but they do not contain the THC. In certain cases where the THC medicines pass the regulations, the maximum percentage allowed is 0.2. Any THC content higher than that is illegal. Patients in need can take CBD oil abroad but depend on each destination. As for the U.S, it can’t be a percent higher than 0.3. Cannabis is still illegal in the UK as a recreational drug and it is only legal in the use of medicine.