Despite the fact that medical cannabis has been legally available on prescription in the UK since 2018, and cannabis-derived CBD supplements are regularly used by over a million people in this country alone, archaic myths about this incredible plant persist.
Thanks to nearly 100 years of prohibition, largely led by widespread misinformation and misunderstandings, we live in a time when confusion surrounding cannabis is rife.
How can patients be prescribed cannabis, if it’s illegal? Is cannabis safe to use, as indicated by its prescribed medical use and its removal from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs by WHO? Or is it unsafe with no, or unproven, therapeutic value, as suggested by the UK’s current scheduling and government officials when questioned on NHS access to cannabis?
These are certainly big questions, with polarising answers. So, it’s no wonder so many people still feel unsure of the facts.
It’s time to set the record straight. Here are seven cannabis myths, and the answers that debunk them.