SOME forms of cannabis oil are available to buy for medical purposes in British pharmacies — but there are various legal and health arguments surrounding its use and benefits.
The oil has been claimed to be beneficial for treating a number of ailments and is at the centre of high-profile legal rows in Britain.
EPA Cannabis oil is thought to help a number of ailments
Is cannabis oil legal in the UK?
Cannabis oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant by steam distillation.
A low-concentrate version of the oil is available to buy in the UK and is not illegal — but products are required to contain less than 0.05 per cent THC.
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive component in cannabis that makes users feel “high”.
Cannabis oil is usually consumed orally, and has a very distinct taste.
There have been high profile calls for higher concentration oil to be made legal.
The family of epilepsy sufferer Billy Caldwell, 12, were granted an exemption by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid to take concentrated CBD cannabis oil after insisting it was a lifeline.
And Alfie Dingley’s parents say the six-year-old should be allowed the same treatment after describing its impact on his seizures as “nothing short of a miracle”.
Alamy Legal low-concentrate oil is sold in high street stores throughout the UK
How is higher concentrated cannabis oil different from normal CBD oil?
One type of oil is CBD (cannabidiol) which has been promoted as a possible treatment method for those living with addiction or anxiety.
However CBD products – while legal – have not been approved for use in the United States.
It is also claimed that there are possible side effects including irritability and nausea.
Low concentrate CBD cannabis oil has less than 0.05 per cent of the psychoactive substance THC.
However higher concentrated cannabis oil contains a higher level of THC – the component in cannabis that makes users feel “high”.