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Martin P. Holt

Jul 5, 2021, 12:52:28 PM7/5/21
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Does anyone know M.H.R.A. Stance on the use of cannabis oil for the treatment of Fibromyalgia in Great Britain?

Martin Patrick Holt 

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John Whittington

Jul 5, 2021, 3:30:00 PM7/5/21
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At 17:52 05/07/2021, Martin P. Holt wrote:
Does anyone know M.H.R.A. Stance on the use of cannabis oil for the treatment of Fibromyalgia in Great Britain?

Good to hear from you Martin;  I hope all; is well.

"Cannabis oil" ("cannabidiol oil",  "CBD oil") is widely and freely (and legally!) available for purchase by the general public in the UK as a "food supplement".  Like so many such 'supplements', it is quite widely used by members of the general public because of their belief (despite the absence of 'claims' - see below) that it has 'medicinal value' in relation to a wide range of disorders - chronic pain (due to a variety of causes) probably being the most common.  There are a lot of anecdotal reports of 'benefit' around, and some trials (and "trials"!!) which suggest that CBD may offer benefit in relation to some medical conditions.

As you undoubtedly know, cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the countless chemicals present in the cannabis plant, but one which (unlike THC etc.) is not psychoactive.

The MHRA license only two products containing pure, pharmaceutical quality, cannabidiol, one which is licensed only for the treatment of a very specific (and rare) form of epilepsy.and the other (also containing THC) for the treatment of spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis.

Since Food Supplements are essentially unregulated in the UK, and certainly not 'licensed' by the MHRA, the MHRA really don't have a 'stance' in relation to the use of CBD oil in the treatment of fibromyalgia, except to the extent that they presumably have satisfied themselves that those selling the products are not making any claims that they are of value in treating fibromyalgia (or any other disease) - since, if such claims were being made, they would probably instigate a prosecution under the Medicines Act of those supplying an unlicensed 'medicinal product' (a product with claims of 'medicinal value').

If you are interested in this topic, a Google search will find countless hits involving 'claims' of the value ('efficacy') of cannabis/cannabidiol/CBD oil in a wide range of diseases/disorders, probably including fibromyalgia.  However, I would advise you to have your Statistician's Hat firmly on when deciding how seriously to take what you are reading!

Kind Regards.


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