UK Reclassifies CBD Oil As Medicine, While America Puts It In Class With Heroin

Claire Bernish / The Free Thought Project

After the DEA moved to further constrain, Americans’ access to medically miraculous CBD oil by classifying it alongside heroin and cocaine, Britain chose compassion and common sense — and just classified Cannabidiol (CBD) as a medicine.

On Monday, Britain’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) decided CBD — which can treat illnesses and conditions from severe childhood epilepsy to autism to cancer — warranted the classification as a medicine based on credible evidence of its efficacy.


Thus, unlike in the U.S. — where the substance is now considered devoid of medical benefit by the DEA — CBD meeting quality and regulatory standards may be legally obtained by any British citizens who need it, reports High Times.

“We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) used for medical purposes are a medicine,” an MHRA spokesperson said in a statement on the agency’s website.

“Our primary concern is patient safety and we wish to reiterate that individuals using cannabidiol (CBD) products to treat or manage the symptoms of medical conditions should discuss their treatment with their doctor.

“MHRA will now work with individual companies and trade bodies in relation to making sure products containing CBD, used for a medical purpose, which can be classified as medicines, satisfy the legal requirements of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.”

This rational approach stands in sharp and tragic contrast to draconian drug laws in the U.S., where, as of January 13, CBD oil — which does not contain the psychoactive chemical THC, which gives people a high — and all cannabinoids will be considered dangerous substances.

Healthcare and cannabis rights advocates have excoriated the DEA’s brash and baseless move, noting lives will now be in jeopardy.

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  • James Peters

    Gerald Heddell who is the Director of Inspection, Enforcement and Standards at the MHRA told Sky News that the change came about: ”Based on the fact that we noted that people were making some quite stark claims about serious diseases that could be treated with CBD.”

    Hopefully this will eliminate the snake oil merchants. Now it will have to be sold as a food supplement or a herbal medicine. The only pharma drug that’s going to be approved and licensed by the MHRA will be Epidiolex (pure plant-derived CBD) sometime this year as a treatment for patients with either Dravet or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Sativex (standardised whole plant) is already approved for MS spasticity.