Article by Rob Waugh, Metro UK
This summer, the Uk’s first medical cannabis research facility is going to open – studying the medical uses of weed for the first time in this country.
The facility will be opened by Medipen – who tested a cannabis vaporiser with the NHS last year.
The Medipen contains ‘cannabidiol’ (CBD), a chemical from cannabis which campaigners claim helps with diseases including cancer and Crohn’s disease.
Crucially, the oil doesn’t contain any THC, the chemical in cannabis which causes the high – and it is legal in the UK.
But in the new facility – at an as-yet-undisclosed location – will explore the use of THC (the chemical in cannabis which gets you stoned) as a treatment for cancer patients.
Medipen says, ‘The brand new 1,800ft2 facility will be presented to the public within the next few weeks. This marks the beginning of a strenuous course of clinical trials and research into the medicinal applications of several cannabis constituents, with the goal of developing a portfolio of licensed cannabinoid based medicines in the coming years.