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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 as a food supplement and as a cosmetic throughout Europe and can also be purchased in Malta from various health shops and food stores. Topical preparations are available from Holland and Barrett. Oils are available online and can be used by patients as long as they have a doctor’s prescription and the product they are using is manufactured under GMP and is lab-tested. The Pain Clinic will be offering testing for CBD oil products purchased online since the cannabinoid content may vary from what is declared on the label.