'Medical marijuana use seems to be on the rise around the world. While there is no shortage of controversy when it comes to the medicinal value of cannabis, the number of people turning to this plant medicine for relief continues to grow — especially in the United Kingdom. Across the pond, some 250,000 people are using cannabis oil to treat what ails them. And if that figure isn’t impressive enough, trade regulatory group Cannabis Trades Association UK says that the number of cannabis oil users has doubled in the span of just a single year.
In the UK, both England and Wales legalized the sale of CBD oil last fall — after conceding that the plant did offer “restoring, correcting or modifying” effects. While a license is necessary for retailers looking to sell CBD oil as a medicine, those who offer it as a ” food supplement” are able to skirt around the rules and circumvent the arduous licensing process. While the debate over the cannabis plant’s medicinal benefits continues to rage on, it’s clear that CBD oil is an increasingly hot commodity.
CBD oil popularity soars
The trade association says that around this time last year, their figures showed there were around 125,000 cannabis oil users in the UK. Now, Cannabis Trades Association UK (CTA UK) reports, there’s an average of approximately 1,000 new cannabis oil users every month.
Patients are turning to cannabis oil for a variety of different conditions; whether it be seizure disorders like Dravet syndrome or epilepsy, chronic pain, anxiety or depression, people are looking for a more natural form of medicine. And clearly, cannabis oil must be fitting the bill.'
Read more: Cannabis use doubles in the U.K.: Thousands are now using it for anxiety, epilepsy, pain control
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