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Public warned of 'big risk' in buying cannabis oil for health problems

People using cannabis oils bought in the High Street to treat medical conditions could be running a risk, an expert has said
People using cannabis oils bought in the High Street to treat medical conditions could be running a risk, an expert has said

By Rod Minchin

People using cannabis oils bought in the High Street to treat medical conditions could be running a risk, an expert has said.

Dr Tom Freeman said it was a "big risk" for people to use CBD oil, which can be bought from shops, for health problems.

Holland & Barrett has been selling CBD oil for over a year, and since November doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis products to patients after the Government relaxed rules.

The new regulations followed several high-profile cases, including that of young Co Tyrone epilepsy sufferer Billy Caldwell, whose condition appeared to be helped by cannabis oil.

Dr Freeman said there was an "information vacuum" on medical use of cannabis products and he welcomed plans for new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). He said: "The profession of medicine is based on clinical trials and scientific evidence and we don't have that for these others. CBDs can be effective as a medicine, but these other products haven't been tested and so it is not a suitable medicine and it is a big risk that people are using these."

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