Assuming you haven’t lived under a rock for the last year, CBD has been claimed to be THE medicinal wonder product of 2019. Following the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in the UK during November 2018, the controversy and popularity about both CBD and THC products have grown exponentially. And now, the cannabis plant is even a star of the small screen.
On Wednesday night, BBC 2’s Horizon documentary series gave us the low down on the clinical opinions surrounding cannabis and its proclaimed uses. The documentary, “Cannabis: Miracle Medicine or Dangerous Drug?”, hosted by Dr Javid Abdelmoneim, investigates the latest medical and scientific research into the effects of cannabis on the brain and body.
Since November 2018, the global cannabis market and other such products like CBD oil has boomed. It is now one of the fastest-growing global markets of recent years with an estimated worth of $19 Billion by 2027.
Dr Abdelmoneim gives us a thoughtful and pragmatic view of the plant and its potential medicinal values. The Horizon documentary even breakdowns the stigma surrounding cannabis-derived products, showcasing the differences between products based on either THC and CBD and what the potential medicinal purposes are.
Cannabinoids: A History
During the programme, Dr Abdelmoneim visits the city of Tel Aviv, Israel, to investigate the clinical history of cannabis and meet Professor Raphael Mechoulam. Professor Mechoulam is none other than the man who not only discovered CBD and THC but also the endocannabinoid system (cool right?!). His groundbreaking work on cannabis led the medical cannabis revolution in Israel and is the foundation for much of today’s understanding of CBD’s uses.
In the documentary, Dr Abdelmoneim travels to Denmark to visit a medical cannabis farm. He explains that the production of cannabis-derived medicinal products is regulated to strict criteria, ensuring clinicians know exactly what goes into them. The programme informs us that both THC and CBD oils are extracted and harvested in spotless conditions, via precise and hyperefficient laboratory measures. This ensures the results are consistent and reliable, whilst minimising the existence of any nasties in the formulation.
Researching CBD & THC
The Horizon team also delves into research conducted by King’s College London that clearly defines THC as the hallucinogenic property of cannabis. They explain that when consumed in high concentrations or large doses, THC could be detrimental to mental stability. However, the documentary states the research conducted at King’s Clinical Research Facility has produced results that actually suggest that CBD can reduce these detrimental effects of THC.
Alfie, THC & Epilepsy
During the programme, we meet Alfie Dingley who has a rare form of life-threatening epilepsy. Alfie’s mother, Hannah Deacon, was the first person to kick-start the campaign for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in the UK, to ensure her son could live and thrive as a young person with epilepsy. Alfie became the first to legally gain a medical licence for the use of CBD and THC oils to help ease his seizures. His treatment consists of a minute dose of the THC oil and a much larger dose of the CBD oil.
The British government is still in the process of researching whether cannabis-derived products should be more widely licenced for medical use. At the end of the documentary, Dr Abdelmoneim emphasises that whilst there is still a long way to go, the future is looking hopeful for medicinal cannabis.
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