UK: Use of CBD Doubles in a Year

Encouraging new figures reveal that there are now 250,000 users across the home nations, up from 125,000 last year. In fact, the Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTA UK) suggests that there are 1,000 new users each month, despite the fierce controversy surrounding CBD products.

Interestingly, the chairman of CTA UK - Mike Harlington - confirms that around two thirds of these users are women seeking relief from chronic back pain, epilepsy and anxiety.

As of October 2016, the UK government acknowledged that CBD has ‘restoring, correcting, or modifying’ properties. This admission, which is by no means a legislative endorsement, has allowed suppliers to sell CBD after acquiring a medicinal licence - an arduous task in itself. However, many companies have been, and are able to, circumvent the red-tape by selling CBD products as food supplements.

Mr. Harlington is necessitating a deeper, more transparent understanding of CBD, in the tried and tested belief that education can (and will) reduce the stigma surrounding anything that is, or has been, derived from the cannabis plant. He goes on to suggest that “products like CBD [oil], because of where it comes from, are stigmatised despite the fact that every mammal has an endocannabinoid system and is therefore designed to use cannabinoids naturally.”

The public debate around medical cannabis in the UK is receiving a lot of attention from all sides, including a bill to legalise sailing through the first parliamentary reading unopposed. On the same day, Paul Flynn (an MP and cannabis activist), arranged a protest to commence in front of London’s Parliament building.

In typical non-violent fashion, the display of civil disobedience included protesters that rely on medical cannabis publicly vaping, and eating and drinking their medicine. No arrests were made.

“Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit... Unnatural?”
- Bill Hicks.