The UK Government’s Hypocrisy On Cannabis As Medicine

Currently, in the UK, cannabis in its raw form, which is a comparatively recent amendment in the wording, sits in Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (MODA) which defines it as having no therapeutic benefit and a high potential for abuse. At the same time, GW Pharmaceuticals has had a medicine extracted from the raw cannabis plant, Sativex, approved in 2011 by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for Multiple Sclerosis patients. The next product in their pipeline, Epidiolex, which consists of purified cannabinoid CBD (Cannabidiol) (99.1%) along with traces of other cannabinoids also extracted directly from the raw plant material has recently been granted pre-approval by the FDA in the US, to be fully confirmed in June 2018. It has been submitted for approval in Europe and will be in the UK shortly as a medicine for children with severe forms of epilepsy.

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