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The Government Finally Admits Weed Is Good For You
The first known use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is 2900 BC – when Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi claimed it was a popular medicine – but our government has only just accepted the healing properties of weed.
It's better late than never, but this is really late. Anywho, in new research by government-funded Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has discovered Cannabidiol (one of many cannabinoids found in weed) has a “restoring, correcting or modifying” effect on “physiological functions” in humans.
The report reads:
"The MHRA has now completed its review and has considered all information available to it relating to Cannabidiol (CBD) and having taken into account all the scientific advice and evidence.
It has come to an opinion that products containing Cannabidiol will satisfy the second limb of the definition of a ‘medicinal product’ because it may be used by or administered to human beings either with a view to restoring, correcting or modifying physiological functions by exerting a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic action, or to making a medical diagnosis.”
The "ground-breaking" results may lead to medical cannabis law reform in the UK, however the government's response to a mammoth petition to make cannabis legal was fairly damning – they said there were no plans to legalise ganj as "substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health" and “can unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society”.
However, in light of the MHRA's findings, the government could make a u-turn on this stance and use the evidence to bring about weed legalisation.
Speaking about the study's effect on drug law, Jordan Owen, managing director of CBD vaporiser company MediPen told the Independent:
“Since our inception we’ve worked hard to obtain our goal of breaking down the negative connotations surrounding Cannabis to lead to a reform in the law for medicinal use… now this is finally becoming a reality, which will provide ground-breaking results.”
At the moment marijuana is a Class B drug and can land you five years behind bars if you're caught while in possession of it. Will that soon change? Only time will tell if politicians are willing to put the facts first.
By Lydia Morrish, published on 14/10/2016