How to turn cannabis into a legal drug

Photo: GW Pharmaceuticals

Dazed and confused about how a British drug maker can legally sell a drug made from cannabis in several countries around the world?

Come this way for enlightenment.

Step One: Get a scientific theory

Scientists believe that the cannabis plant contains hundreds of compounds, or cannabinoids, that hold medicinal properties. To date, around 60 of these have been identified.

GW works with several university research labs to understand the chemical make-up of each cannabinoid and from there to identify potential therapeutic applications. This research provides GW with a scientific basis to look into the therapeutic effects of a specified combination of cannabinoids in a

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