The UK classifies CBD as Medicine

One of the main ingredients in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), is to be classed as a medicine in the UK. The decision by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stems from claims that the drug successfully treats serious diseases.

The new classification means products containing CBD can now be legally distributed across the UK.


Gerald Heddel, director of inspection and enforcement at the agency, told Sky News: “The change really came about with us offering an opinion that CBD is in fact a medicine, and that opinion was based on the fact that we noted that people were making some quite stark claims about serious diseases that could be treated with CBD.” He said that a review of the evidence showed that “it was clear that people are using this product with the understandable belief that it will actually help”.


Since a number of medical producers have already been making “overt medicinal claims” about CBD-based products, the MHRA decided to create regulations in an effort to force manufactures to present products that meet certain established safety, quality, and effectiveness standards.


While the UK doesn’t recognize cannabis as a medically valuable plant, allowing CBD to be prescribed may spark a movement towards greener pastures. As of now, growing in the UK is still being broken up on a daily bases, but perhaps the regulation of CBD products will be the first of many moves to abolish cannabis prohibition in Great Britain.