Types of Medicinal Cannabis
Generally, medicinal cannabis products are only available, on prescription, if they have:
- been assessed by the Medicinal Cannabis Agency as meeting the minimum quality standard under the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Regulations 2019, or
- obtained consent for distribution under the Medicines Act 1981 (approved and provisionally approved medicines)
The minimum quality standard is used to verify medicinal cannabis products which have been derived from the Cannabis plant.
For more information, the Ministry of Health have published their guidelines –
Oral liquids are homogeneous liquid preparations, usually consisting of a solution, an emulsion, or a suspension, of one or more active ingredients in a suitable liquid base.
Sublingual drops—a concentrated solution to be dropped under the tongue, Sublingual spray—spray for the tongue are dispensed as such.
Capsules (Soft gels)
A softgel is an oral dosage form for medicine in the form of a specialized capsule. They consist of a gelatin based shell surrounding a liquid fill.
Dried cannabis flower for inhalation via a vaporiser
The inhalation method involves heating the medication using a dry-herb vaporiser, to a temperature that produces a vapor containing the desired cannabinoids.
Dried cannabis flower for preparation of tea for oral consumption
CBD tea refers to an infusion of CBD or cannabidiol in regular tea. The beverage can induce several health benefits for users without making them high.
Sprays involve a tincture of CBD extract and ethanol alcohol. The alcohol helps extract the cannabinoids. An oral spray dispenses directly into the mouth, either under the tongue or inside the cheek.