STORIES

The U.K. Just Legalized CBD

By David Jenison on January 6, 2017

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced this week that cannabidiol (CBD) is now legal medicine. The U.K. agency said it came to “the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) used for medical purposes are a medicine,” and the government will soon set up regulations for its distribution and public consumption.

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

This contrasts the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that officially reaffirmed CBD’s status as a Schedule I substance in late December. In other words, what the U.K. calls medicine the DEA classifies as a drug more dangerous than coke, meth and OxyContin and lacking any medical value. 

While the DEA historically limits medical studies on cannabis, England is making headway with companies like GW Pharmaceuticals, whose CBD-based epilepsy drug Epidiolex experienced more positive test results late last year. The British company may seek Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the drug later this year for U.S. distribution. 

Skid Row Benefit Set for Dec. 22

First Corona, Now Baltic Beer

Poll: Nearly All Veterans Support MMJ Research

The Science of Why Cannabis and Music Have a Soulful Relationship

Daily Mail Accuses Cannabis-Study Participants of Bias

Drunk Driving 11 Times More Dangerous than Driving Stoned

Doug Benson and Henry Rollins Headline Fall Conferences

Ron English Debuts New Cannabis Character

Psychedelics + Psychic Powers Help Contestants Win Game Shows

Dear Culturalist: The Ups and Downs of Toilet Seats

Make 70 Grand a Year Right Outta College

PRØHBTD Tries to Score Smoke in Northern Iraq

Black-Market Cannabis in the Age of Partial Prohibition

Cannabis Saves Patient from Leg Amputation!

Cops Get Drunk, Doctors Get High