Some Marijuana Products Recognized as Medicine by U.K. Government
A recent decision rendered by the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says that some marijuana products can be recognized as medicine. This is a big step in a forward direction in the global fight to end marijuana prohibition.
Products classified as containing high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) and low levels of THC can provide the same health benefits as full THC containing marijuana products.
MHRA review data shows that CBD is capable of restoring, correcting and/or modifying the effects of physiological functions when ingested.
In a written statement to Time, the MHRA said:
We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are a medicine. Products for therapeutic use must have a medicines’ license before they can be legally sold, supplied or advertised in the UK. Products will have to meet safety, quality and effectiveness standards to protect public health.
Recent discussions between MediPen, a CBD vaporizer vendor, and the MHRA sparked research to be conducted.
In a statement provided to the Independent, MediPen managing director Jordan Owen said:
"Since our inception we’ve worked hard to obtain our goal of breaking down the negative connotations surrounding cannabis to lead to a reform in the law for medicinal use. Now this is finally becoming a reality."
Facts about Marijuana in the U.K.
Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the U.K. The plant is native to the British Isles, where it is referred to as hemp. Hemp is still the most commonly used word for marijuana in the U.K. Much of the marijuana grown in the U.K. now is exclusively grown in non-psychoactive form, or high CBD strains.
NORML does have a UK branch. There are multiple groups throughout the U.K. attempting to reform the marijuana laws in the country. Two known organizations are fighting to oppose marijuana regulatory reform in the country. British marijuana researchers and historical statisticians note that the medical properties of marijuana have been written or recorded, in some way, since the beginnings of history.
King Henry VIII put forth by decree in 1533, to force property owners to set aside 1/240th of their tillable land for the growing of hemp. Creating a sufficient supply of hemp for the creation of fibers to manufacture additional products was vital to the survival of the British society. Elizabeth I increased the requirement and imposed a fine to any landowner with eligible land not growing marijuana for fiber products.
The sails and masts of ships were bound from hemp fibers. Hemp became a very important element in the British economy.
Regulatory statutes are not in place at this time in the U.K., but these recent findings leave reason to believe that it at least medical marijuana will become legal in the U.K. in the very near future. Here at Leafist, we’ll provide you updates on the progress made to legalize, in at least some form, medical and/or recreational marijuana in the U.S. around the world.