Last week, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced that the Government would be undertaking research and seeking advice as to the possible benefits of using cannabis-based products in medical treatment for conditions such as epilepsy.

This follows the recent authorisation by the Home Secretary for two young children to be given cannabis oil to treat their epilepsy.

Last year Oxford University launched a £10 million research project into possible medical and biological uses of cannabis. According to the university website, the research programme will focus on developing new therapies for acute and chronic conditions including pain, cancer and inflammatory disease.

Previous research elsewhere has suggested that there may be benefits of using cannabis-based medicine in treating multiple schlerosis and epilepsy.

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