Doctors already prescribe medicinal cannabis in the UK

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Medicinal cannabis products are now available in the UK via medical prescription.

The measure that went into effect on November 1 may help thousands of children and other relatives who found relief using this substance that was illegal until this month.

The Home Office has removed cannabis from list I of substances and has placed it on list II. This will allow patients to access medicines containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Cannabis oil cannabidiol (CBD) are now available throughout the United Kingdom.

El testimonio de Billy Caldwell conmovió a millones de personas. Crédito: Belfasttelegraph.

With the “reschedule” emitted by the Ministry of the Interior, patients will be able to access medical prescriptions in just weeks.

Long battle

Although the United Kingdom is a great provider of scientific research on the subject, the battle has not been easy for civil organizations.

The decision to reclassify was met by hard contenders from the Conservative Party for year. But this year, after an intense months of debate, the pulse was won by a group of mothers and relatives who fought to exhaustion for not being criminalized, for using this treatment. For many of them, the only one that has served them for the illness of their children.

Among the most famous cases are Alfie Dingly and Billy Caldwell, both with severe cases of epilepsy.

It is estimated that around 28 million people suffer from some type of chronic pain in the United Kingdom, including multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Both are within the range of conditions that can be treated with cannabis.

Local groups have expressed that they have sent letters to the Ministry of the Interior to review the issue as they consider that more than 10,000 sick people could benefit if access were enabled.

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