Buzzfeed reports on the UK government being tangled up in a contradiction around CBD products being sold as medicine.
Two government departments seem to disagree on the medicinal value of cannabis products. The situation in the UK seems to be following the contradictory situation we see in the US. In the US, federal law prohibits possession of marijuana as a schedule 1 substance, which holds no medical benefit, but the government has patented the cannabinoid CBD for medicinal use.
It seems the UK is going the same confused route now that the department of health agency Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recently prohibited the sales and production of CBD products within only 28 days from sending out a letter. The grounds for this action being that it recognized CBD as a medicine.
Yet the Home Office still considers cannabis a “class A” drug, which implies it has no therapeutic or medicinal value, and possession is subject to the misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.
The fact that CBD is now recognized as having medicinal value comes after GW Pharmaceuticals released trial results on a CBD treatment for Dravet syndrome. But there are many other herbal products and foods with medicinal uses. What will happen to them? Does this mean every person selling garlic would also have to stop doing so because garlic also has medicinal properties and has medicinal value, and that the MHRA will be pulling all garlic and garlic products off shelves in the very near future?
Don’t worry, garlic is safe from legal interference, but why should CBD not be? No double blind clinical trials are needed for you to use garlic daily if you wish. The irony is CBD is as harmless as garlic (and not as smelly), but drug policy campaign groups predict small companies will be shut down to leave the whole piece of the pie to the big guys in big pharma.
There is no win
As more and more US states vote to legalize marijuana, we would expect the UK to also be moving forward, but this is a definite step backwards. To add to the dilemma of medical cannabis patients in the UK, they have no states supporting and legalizing medicinal use. Everyone has to follow the same laws.
This does not look good for those patients who have discovered CBD hemp oil holds benefit for treating their ailments. It implies every single CBD product on the shelves will have to meet MHRA standards in the very near future. In other words, they will have to undergo full, double-blind, randomized clinical trials. These trials are conducted on hundreds of people through a number of phases, a process which take years. On top of that, just applying for a license costs thousands upon thousands of pounds.
An MHRA spokesperson put it bluntly: “We have determined that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are a medicine. This means that these products must have a medicines’ license before they can be legally sold or supplied in the UK. The products will have to meet safety, quality and effectiveness standards to protect public health.”
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No win for CBD oil users
Before CBD’s medical uses were recognized officially, anyone could use it as a health supplement. Now that CBD is regarded as a medicine, no-one may use it. This, despite the fact that people have been using cannabis as a medicine and a food for thousands of years. What’s next? Apples? Ginger? Even cabbage has medicinal uses! Where to buy CBD hemp oil in the UK? “Nowhere” is the answer…
More about the usages of CBD here.