Is medical cannabis legal in the UK?

Is medical cannabis legal in the UK?

CANNABIS is legal in the UK — but only if you’ve had it prescribed for medicinal purposes. Here’s what we know about medical marijuana and who is eligible for it.

What is medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis is a broad term for using any form of the drug to relieve symptoms of an illness or condition.

The plant has been linked to treating a variety of conditions, from relieving nausea caused by certain treatments to easing chronic pain.

One of the chemicals in cannabis, CBD, has been shown to improve a range of symptoms.

But the risks of taking THC, the psychoactive part of the drug, are not yet clear and it has been linked to increasing your risk of addiction and psychosis. 

Not all medical uses of cannabis are legal, and only a few forms of the drug are allowed to be taken on prescription.

Is medical cannabis legal in the UK?

Medical cannabis is only legal if you have an NHS or private prescription.

law introduced in 2018 made it possible to possess and take it if you have had clearance from a specialist doctor.

However, possessing the Class B drug without a prescription, even if only for medicinal use, is a crime.

It can be punished by up to five years in prison.

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