Following the announcement by Home Secretary Sajid Javid last July regarding cannabis legalisation, UK patients in need of organic cannabis oil and other medical cannabis-based products will soon need only a doctor’s prescription to purchase them legally. While there is no given date for legalisation, sources say it may take effect by autumn this year.
This announcement means a lot of implications for the public’s health. What will this mean regarding cannabis’ legal status? What can cannabidiol (CBD) do for patients who use it? Finally, how will all this affect the public in the long term?
The UK and Cannabis Legalisation
The 2001 Misuse of Drugs Regulations classified cannabis as a schedule 1 drug, which meant the government ruled that cannabis carries no therapeutic benefit and, therefore, cannot be possessed or prescribed legally. Researchers could obtain it, but they needed a Home Office license before doing so.
However, two high-profile cases this year showed two children whose epilepsy condition improved only with cannabis oil. They received special licenses to use cannabis oil, but their cases showed the medical importance of it. This led Javid to call a review on the health benefits of cannabis. Following these reviews and the advice of experts, the government found that legalising CBD products can be medically beneficial.
Javid announced that cannabis would be moved to schedule 2. Patients will only require a prescription to purchase CBD products for medical purposes. However, the government will continue to ban recreational use. The Department of Health and Social Care, together with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, will specify the definition of a “cannabis-derived medicinal product” and only those that meet the definition will fall into the new schedule.
The epilepsy cases that moved the government into rethinking cannabis’ schedule is only one of many conditions cannabis can ease. In some cases, patients cannot mitigate their conditions with traditional medicine. With legalised medical cannabis, they can turn to its long list of benefits that researchers and advocates have proven to be just as effective as opioids. CBD is a substance in cannabis known to ease the pain from the following conditions and physical symptoms:
- Chronic pain
- Parkinson’s disease
- Liver Disease
In fact, cannabis’ benefits extend to more than just physical pain and conditions. Researchers found that the CBD substance treats mental health conditions such as anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Using the right dosage, CBD, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, provides a mental high that improves a patient’s health.
Once medical cannabis is legal, patients who do not find conventional medicines potent enough now have the option to seek cannabis products for treatment. As long as their doctor recommends it and provides a prescription, they can buy these products without the need to turn to the Home Office for a special permit.
While nothing is set in stone, this rescheduling will benefit patients who need easier access to cannabis. It opens the door for so many CBD advancements and developments into proper medicine for the UK public. Contact CBDO Hemp Market today to learn more.