Cannabis oil – A patient’s right to choose

Last week, Billy Caldwell, a severely epileptic twelve year old boy, had his cannabis oil confiscated at Heathrow airport

In 2017, Billy became the first person in the UK to be prescribed the oil but in May this year his GP did not renew his prescription, forcing his mother, Charlotte, to seek treatment in Canada.

Billy suffers up to 100 seizures a day but these dramatically reduce in frequency while taking the medication, with Ms Caldwell saying the results are “miraculous”.

After Billy’s seizures intensified, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, approved the use of the medicinal oil after doctors declared it a medical emergency, prescribing a special 20-day treatment licence.

The oil contains two active substances called cannabinoids – the psychoactive Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is currently illegal in the UK and cannabidiol (CBD), which has legal status.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regard cannabis products used for medical purposes as medicines, but

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