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What’s the difference between Medical Marijauana and CBD you can find in the shops?
There has been much press attention focused on CBD recently. Billy Caldwell, whose mother had his CBD medicine, which she had prescribed in Canada, confiscated at Heathrow is a good example. The situation was rescued by Home Secretary Sajid Javid who returned the CBD Oil back to her.
A Spokesman for the Home Office admitted that they had granted a special licence for what they believed to be a medical emergency and the boy was allowed to continue taking his treatment.
Mrs Caldwell had tried to bring six month’s supply through customs and that is where the problems started.
More recently in a television documentary on Channel 4 former Gogglebox regulars, Steph and Dom Parker were seen desperately trying to get CBD prescribed for their son late in 2018. Their 15-year-old son Max who is autistic suffers from multiple daily seizures and needs daily care.
They were shown travelling around the US speaking to parents of other children who had benefitted from CBD or Cannabidiol.
Dom found that there is a big difference between CBD which you can buy on the high street in the UK and medical CBD. The first point to note is that medical CBD can upto to 100% pure whilst that found in proprietary brands are significantly weaker. Like our own oil which has a maximum strength of 10%.
After the ground-breaking decision by the home office to allow CBD to be prescribed the Parkers though that that was the breakthrough they needed. However, by the end of the programme, they remained heartbroken after they realised that even though had been legalised it would take a number of months for them to actually get hold of it for Max.
Can Medical Cannabis be Prescribed in The UK?
The only drug which was been available was Sativex (nabiximols) which is a 50/50 combination of THC and CBD. It is made in the laboratory and is been approved by the MHRA as a treatment for multiple sclerosis. If there is no improvement after four weeks then Sativex treatment is stopped.
Following the ruling back in November by the Home Office – Cannabis based CBD can now be prescribed for several conditions. In England doctor’s NHS guidance states it should be prescribed only when there is clear published evidence of its benefits and only when other treatments have tried and failed:
Treatment can be prescribed in cases where:
Severe and rare forms of epilepsy in children
Vomiting or nausea caused by chemotherapy in adults
Muscle stiffness caused by multiple sclerosis in adults
Where the patient is not in touch with a specialist doctor already they can be referred to one by their own GP.
So What is The Difference Between Medical Grade CBD and High Street CBD?
In the UK it the CBD you can buy over the counter in whatever form it takes, from oil and capsules to drinks and vape liquids must not contain any THC.
Cannabis in its natural state contains both CBD and THC. The THC element is the potent, psychoactive part which causes highs. It is illegal for any product you would buy over the counter to contain anything more than trace elements of this substance.
Medical CBD, however, can contain varying concentrations of both CBD and THC. It depends on the patient as to the most suitable concentration of both ingredients.
The Home office has stated that in CBD Oil the percentage of THC must not be greater than 0.2% and that it must not be easily extractable from it.
What’s The Conclusion?
In 2016 Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stated that CBD, if advertised for medical purposes, needed to be licensed. Therefore you will not find CBD adverts which include wild cancer curing claims. (And if you do they should be reported!)
Clearly, CBD which is legal in the UK and for sale over the counter and of course from Ampura, cannot contain more than 0.2% of THC. They are also much weaker so would not be strong enough to treat epilepsy or some of the more serious medical conditions. However, they are seen to have certain benefits. The oil has thought to have certain medicinal properties. Relieving inflammation, pain relief and reducing anxiety are some although scientific research is continuing on these.
We will report on any breakthroughs as and when they happen.