Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in hemp and cannabis which has been found to have a therapeutic effect in many different medical conditions without causing side effects. Sometimes known as “the oil from heaven” or “the miracle oil”, CBD often comes as a tincture which is applied sublingually using a pipette. It works by boosting the body’s own endocannabinoid system in various ways.
On the 13th December 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that CBD has no public health risks and should not be withheld from patients. WHO also declared that CBD is beneficial for cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases. They also added that ‘current information does not justify scheduling of cannabidiol’. Although research on CBD is still growing, there is already a lot of evidence that it can help in many conditions.
CBD is available legally as a food supplement throughout Europe. Unfortunately, in Malta, CBD products marketed as food supplements are illegal and these are often confiscated at Customs.
In November 2017, CBD has been recognized as a medicine and in February 2018, it will be available to buy from all pharmacies with a doctor’s prescription. Until the law is passed and the products are available, patients are allowed to import CBD products manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) as long as they have a prescription from a specialist.