UK Government Recognizes Cannabis Extracts as Medicine

Article by Erin Brodwin, Business Insider

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British government regulators on Tuesday ruled that products containing the cannabis-based ingredient cannabidiol, or CBD, are medicines.

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has given companies who make products with the drug 28 days to get a licence to sell their products, the BBC reported.

Only one licensed CBD-containing medicine, a prescription medicine called Sativex for people with multiple sclerosis, is currently legal in the UK and 26 other countries, where it is also sometimes prescribed for people with pain related to certain cancers.

The name “marijuana” is an all-encompassing term we use to talk about the plant. But pot is made up of hundreds of compounds — as many as 400, by some estimates. And each of these compounds has a variety of potential effects, ranging from pain relief to reducing blood pressure.

Some of them — like cannabidiol — play no role in getting you high. Those feelings of euphoria or intoxication that have become so characteristically linked with marijuana can be attributed to the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient, THC.

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