Medical Marijuana in the UK? Not Happening Fast Enough for Those in Pain

In the United Kingdom, some members of parliament, calling themselves The All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform, want legalized access to medical marijuana, calling it a matter of "compassion and human rights." Citing the evidence that cannabis can help relieve chronic pain, anxiety, and a host of other health issues, Professor Mike Barnes, a leading consultant neurologist, commented, "The human brain produces natural cannabis chemicals (the endocannabinoid system) and we are beginning to understand the importance of this system for human functions."

Barnes, who contributed to the drug policy reform report, continued, “We now know that the endocannabinoid system has a role in pain modulation” and “that natural cannabis or synthetic cannabis has an undeniable place in the management of chronic pain, spasticity (muscle spasm), nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy and the CBD component of cannabis helps anxiety."

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