Cannabis oil has become increasingly popular in recent years as a natural remedy for a variety of medical conditions. But is it legal? This article provides an overview of the laws surrounding cannabis oil, including its legal status in the United States and other countries, and the potential health benefits. We will also look at the potential risks associated with its use, as well as the regulations that may apply when using cannabis oil.
What are the medical benefits of cannabis oil?
Cannabis oil is legal in many countries but is still a controlled substance. However, the medical benefits of cannabis oil are becoming increasingly recognized. Cannabis oil can be used to treat a variety of illnesses, including chronic pain, epilepsy, cancer, and other neurological disorders. It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and anti-nausea properties, as well as potential cancer-fighting properties. It is also believed to have the potential to reduce inflammation and improve immunity.
Is there any evidence that cannabis oil can help treat specific medical conditions?
Cannabis oil is illegal in many countries, but in countries where it is legal, there is evidence that cannabis oil can help treat specific medical conditions, such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, neurological disorders, and other medical conditions. While more research is needed on the efficacy of cannabis oil for treating medical conditions, the anecdotal evidence is promising.
Are there any known side effects of using cannabis oil?
Cannabis oil is not legal in all countries, but it is legal in certain places such as Canada and some states in the USA. Possible side effects from using cannabis oil may include drowsiness, impaired coordination or judgment, and reduced short-term memory. There is also an increased risk of lung irritation and respiratory problems. Other side effects may include anxiety, depression, and increased heart rate. It is important to consult with a medical professional before using cannabis oil.
What is the difference between hemp and cannabis oil?
Cannabis oil is not legal in all states. Hemp oil is derived from the hemp plant, a variety of the Cannabis sativa species, and is legal in all states. Cannabis oil is derived from the cannabis plant and is only legal in states where recreational or medicinal marijuana is legal. Both oils contain CBD, the non-psychoactive compound found in the Cannabis plant, but hemp oil contains significantly higher levels of CBD than cannabis oil.
Back to Health A to Z. Many cannabis-based products are available to buy online, but their quality and content is not known. They may be illegal in the UK and potentially dangerous. Some products that might claim to be medical cannabis, such as CBD oil or hemp oil, are available to buy legally as food supplements from health stores. But theres no guarantee these are of good quality or provide any health benefits. Specific cannabis-based products are available on prescription as medicinal cannabis. These are only likely to benefit a very small number of patients. Very few people in England are likely to get a prescription for medical cannabis. Currently, it is only likely to be prescribed for the following conditions. It would only be considered when other treatments were not suitable or had not helped. It will not get you high, because it does not contain THC tetrahydrocannabinol , the chemical in cannabis that makes you high. Epidyolex can be prescribed by a specialist for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome both rare forms of epilepsy. Many people having chemotherapy will have periods where they feel sick or vomit. Nabilone can be prescribed to adults by a specialist to help relieve these symptoms, but only when other treatments have not helped or are not suitable. Nabilone is a medicine, taken as a capsule, that has been developed to act in a similar way to THC the chemical in cannabis that makes you high. You may have heard it described as a manmade form of cannabis. Nabiximols Sativex is a cannabis-based medicine that is sprayed into the mouth. It is licensed in the UK for adults with MS-related muscle spasticity that has not got better with other treatments. Read more from the MS Society on Sativex for treating muscle stiffness and spasms. There is some evidence medical cannabis can help certain types of pain, though this evidence is not yet strong enough to recommend it for pain relief. In some cases, however, it may be prescribed for pain as part of a clinical trial. Some cannabis-based products are available to buy over the internet without a prescription. Its likely most of these products even those called CBD oils will be illegal to possess or supply. Theres a good chance they will contain THC, and may not be safe to use. Health stores sell certain types of pure CBD. However, theres no guarantee these products will be of good quality. They tend to only contain very small amounts of CBD, so its not clear what effect they would have. The risks of using cannabis products containing THC the chemical that gets you high are not currently clear. Thats why clinical trials are needed before they can be used. Generally, the more THC the product contains, the greater these risks are. Cannabis bought illegally off the street, where the quality, ingredients and strength are not known, is the most dangerous form to use. Read about the risks of regularly smoking cannabis at Talk to Frank. Depending on the type of medical cannabis you take, its possible to develop side effects such as. If you experience any side effects from medical cannabis, report these to your medical team. You can also report them through the Yellow Card Scheme. Always discuss possible interactions with a specialist. CBD can also affect how your liver works, so doctors would need to monitor you regularly. You cannot get cannabis-based medicine from a GP it can only be prescribed by a specialist hospital doctor. The specialist will discuss with you all the other treatment options first, before considering a cannabis-based product. A prescription for medical cannabis would only be given when it was believed to be in your best interests, and when other treatments had not worked or were not suitable. Its expected this would only apply to a very small number of people in England. If the above does not apply to you, do not ask a GP for a referral for medical cannabis. The government has no intention of legalising the use of cannabis for recreational non-medical use. Possessing cannabis is illegal, whatever youre using it for. That includes medical use cannabis products, unless these have been prescribed for you. Page last reviewed 27 May Next review due 27 May Medical cannabis and cannabis oils. Can I get a prescription for medical cannabis? Currently, it is only likely to be prescribed for the following conditions children and adults with rare, severe forms of epilepsy adults with vomiting or nausea caused by chemotherapy people with muscle stiffness and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis MS It would only be considered when other treatments were not suitable or had not helped. Epidyolex for children and adults with epilepsy Epidyolex is a highly purified liquid containing CBD cannabidiol. CBD is a chemical substance found in cannabis that has medical benefits. Nabilone for chemotherapy patients Many people having chemotherapy will have periods where they feel sick or vomit.