The United Kingdom Officially Recognises CBD as a Medicine
CBD As of 2017, the UK's MHRA officially recognises CBD as a medicine, on the basis of scientific evidence. To protect patients, it has established standards of safety, quality and efficacy for CBD products. Although this is a positive development for patients and the British cannabis community, the medicinal value of cannabis is not recognised.
The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has taken the decision this year (2017) to officially recognise and classify Cannabidiol, or CBD, as a medicinal ingredient. The agency justified its classification based on scientific evidence of CBD’s efficacy. It appears that in order to safeguard patients’ health, it has established standards of safety, quality and efficacy which manufacturers of CBD-containing products must meet. While undoubtedly this decision is a good sign for patients in the UK and for the UK cannabis community, there is still no recognition of the therapeutic value of the entire cannabis plant.