Cannabis remains prohibited in the United Kingdom, however interest and usage of CBD has soared, with more than 250,000 citizens now using the non-psychoactive, therapeutic marijuana substance. But what’s fuelling the reported rise?
The 250,000 figure is double the figure that was recorded a year ago, which works out to more than 10,000 new British CBD users each month. The surge in cannabis oil can perhaps be attributed to two reasons: firstly, increasing interest and popularity, and secondly, perhaps many existing users have just decided to start telling the truth when asked, assuming it’s now more accepted.
The Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTAUK) released the report on CBD oil use in the UK. CTAUK promotes both hemp and cannabis products, and advocates for responsible use. Back pain, anxiety and epilepsy are three key conditions that people are treating with CBD and that nearly two-thirds of CBD oil users are female, according to CTAUK chairman Mike Harlington, who spoke to leading British newspaper, the Daily Mail.
Harlington explained that the endocannabinoid system has been “ignored to a greater or lesser degree,” despite being known about for “40 years or so.” He makes a salient point that many still switch off at the thought of cannabis as medication, given the stigma the herb has acquired over the past few decades.
However, despite the massive spike in CBD oil usage, Britain’s Parliament doesn’t seem to be hasty about sparking legislative change for medical cannabis or the CBD compound. A class B drug in the UK, it is illegal to cultivate, distribute or be in possession of marijuana, although the level to which these laws are enforced is debatable, and region dependent.
CBD oil seems to be in a legal grey zone. In October 2016, high-CBD, low-THC cannabis oil was made legal for medical purposes. But after the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency showed reluctance at having cannabis oil used and prescribed on the National Health Service, Britain’s socialized healthcare system, the move was reversed.
In his Daily Mail interview, Harlington talked about how the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid deficiencies are increasingly understood in medical circles. This system of neurotransmitters and chemicals is present in all mammals, and it’s becoming increasing apparent that a good balance of chemicals in this system, which could be facilitated by administering CBD, which Harlington called “essential for general health and wellbeing.”