Medical Cannabis legalised in UK: Who can prescribe cannabidiol Oil, are you eligible and what are the new laws?

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Doctors are be able to prescribe medical cannabis products to patients in the UK, thanks to new legislation.

As of August 2019, specialist doctors – not a necessarily your local GP – have now been given the option to prescribe cannabis-based products containing the compounds of THC, which makes people feel “high”, and CBD, another compound scientists are researching CBD for its potential medical benefits.

The change comes after a series of high-profile cases, including that of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell who has severe epilepsy. Charlotte Caldwell speaks about how Billy’s condition was helped dramatically by cannabis oil.

Charlotte Caldwell and her son that appeared on This Morning in May 2019, were seized at Heathrow airport when she attempted to bring cannabis-based CBD oil into the UK from Canada.

Charlotte with her son Billy Caldwell

Despite the new rules being a landmark move in medicine, many experts argue it is not as straightforward as it seems as not everyone who needs the cannabis CBD with THC based products will be granted a license prescription, as there has not been enough clinical trials on the effects of CBD with THC. However, it has been stated that a specialist can prescribe CBD without the THC if the patient fits the criteria.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

What are the new laws on medical cannabis?

Under new regulations, specialist doctors will be able to prescribe medical cannabis for patients.

The decision to reschedule the products came following a specially commissioned review.

An initial review by chief medical adviser Dame Sally Davies concluded that there was evidence medicinal cannabis can have therapeutic benefits.

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), which carried out the second part of the review, then said doctors should be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis provided products meet safety standards.

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Announcing the move, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I have been clear that my intention was always to ensure that patients have access to the most appropriate course of medical treatment.

Can I get a prescription for medical cannabis?

The new legislation says medical cannabis should only be prescribed by specialist doctors. Not many people in England are likely to qualify under the new legislation for medical cannabis.

At this time, the only people likely to be prescribed will be those that have the following conditions:

  • children and adults with some forms of epilepsy.
  • adults that suffer certain side effects caused by chemotherapy.
  • people with muscle stiffness and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis (MS).

Medical cannabis that can now be prescribed by specialist doctors will contain compounds of cannabinoids, that also includes CBD and with low levels of THC.

CBD Oil and Cannabis Oil are two cannabis-based products that patients may be prescribed

Am I eligible for CBD oil by prescription?

For those people wanting to obtain CBD oil for medical purposes will have to apply for a license under a temporary approval panel.

The panel will consider all aspects of the merits of each patient case to establish whether the full criteria have been met.

The specialist clinician wishing to prescribe CBD oil will have to prove exceptional clinical circumstances. They would have to demonstrate that there is no other lawful medicinal product that would meet the specific needs of the patient.

The specialist would also have to accept responsibility for risks and liability.

Applications should be made using the application form on the gov.uk website and sent to [email protected]

Is it illegal to buy CBD oil online or obtain it without a prescription?

Since the law has changed and recognised CBD, it is 100% legal to use and buy CBD.

Many companies have started selling CBD products, although these products cannot contain THC higher than 0.2% which is a legal requirement. 

CBD products with a higher THC content are regarded as as illegal drugs, this is because levels of THC over 0.2% is illegal in the UK.

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TRACY RICHMOND-BAILEY

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