UK Recognizes Marijuana Extract As Medicine

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John Vizcaino/Reuters

Across the United Kingdom, CBD extract is now recognized as a medicine, and according to a spokesperson for the U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MRHA), "We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are a medicine." Research suggests CBD can treat some forms of cancer, irritable bowel disease, depression, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the MRHA recognizes CBD restores, corrects and modifies the human body's physiological functions. While access to CBD does not help patients who would benefit from other cannabinoids or whole-plant cannabis therapy, this move presents a significant step in legalization as a major government legitimizes one of the medicinal properties of cannabis.  

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