Drug Testing and Medical Cannabis Prescriptions
Medical cannabis has gained significant attention in recent years.
Natural cannabis contains about 65 known cannabinoid constituents. THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive constituent associated with dependency, anxiety, and paranoia.
The Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) classifies cannabis containing THC as a Class B illegal drug. However, a significant shift regarding medical cannabis containing high levels of THC occurred in the UK on 1 November 2018.
High-THC medical cannabis became legal under prescription only, allowing specialist doctors who are under Home Office licenses to prescribe it. This means that GPs and other doctors are unable to prescribe it unless they are on a Home Office list and adhere to assessment and prescribing rules.
NHS England emphasises strict criteria for prescription, limiting it to specific conditions such as rare, severe forms of epilepsy in children and adults, chemotherapy-induced vomiting or nausea in adults, and muscle stiffness and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis (MS).
According to NHS England, there is emerging evidence suggesting that medical cannabis may help with certain types of pain, though it hasn’t reached a point where it’s strongly recommended for pain relief. In some instances, it may be prescribed for pain as part of a clinical trial.
To ensure legality, individuals seeking medical cannabis prescriptions must be cautious, especially considering the rise of online advertisements for such prescriptions.
Prescriptions for Class B medications, particularly those containing THC, can only be prescribed by specialist doctors. When acquiring a prescription, it should always contain specific details, ensuring legitimacy and adherence to legal standards.
For those interested in the legal aspects of medical cannabis, the NHS provides valuable information on its official website. It is crucial to stay informed about the latest regulations and guidelines surrounding medical cannabis to ensure a responsible and legal approach.