Boy, 11, becomes first patient to get medical marijuana on the NHS
Photo credit: Charlotte Caldwell/ Facebook

An 11-year-old boy with epilepsy has become the first patient ever to receive medical marijuana on the NHS, it is believed.

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Billy Caldwell suffered up to 100 seizures a day – and specialists in the USA prescribed cannabis oil to treat him.

When he ran out, he was prescribed CBD oil by his GP Dr Brendan O’Hare – a cannabis product which does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical which produces the ‘high’.

It’s believed to be the first time that a patient has been prescribed the drug by an NHS doctor.

Dr O’Hare described the situation as ‘unique’. ‘Whatever the rights and wrongs, we had a child who had benefitted and the child’s welfare was paramount. On that basis I issued a prescription.

‘This was not to open the floodgates for others, it is a one-off.’

‘Cannabidiol’ (CBD), is a chemical from cannabis which campaigners claim helps with diseases including cancer and Crohn’s disease.

Crucially, CBD products don’t contain any THC, the chemical in cannabis which causes the high – and it is legal in the UK.

Boy, 11, becomes first patient to get medical marijuana on the NHS
Photo credit: Charlotte Caldwell/ Facebook

Billy’s Mum Charlotte Caldwell – his full-time carer – said, ‘With just a few days’ doses of Billy’s US medication left, I was getting desperate.

‘In the end I called my GP and gave him all our paperwork and he said he’d prescribe the medicinal cannabis for Billy, and that’s exactly what he has done. We went down to our surgery and picked it up. It was as simple as that.’

‘It’s a huge step forward. It’s an alternative treatment and it’s worked out well for Billy.’

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Boy, 11, becomes first patient to get medical marijuana on the NHS
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Last year, a government regulator said that CBD has a ‘restoring’ effect on humans – and is a legitimate medicine.

‘Cannabidiol’ (CBD), is a chemical from cannabis which campaigners claim helps with diseases including cancer and Crohn’s disease.

Crucially, CBD products don’t contain any THC, the chemical in cannabis which causes the high – and it is legal in the UK.

The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency) says that cannabidiol has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on ‘physiological functions’.

 

A government regulator has said that a cannabis chemical has a ‘restoring’ effect on humans – and is a legitimate medicine.

It could be a breakthrough moment for the movement to legalise cannabis in the UK, activists have said.

The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency) says that cannabidiol has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on ‘physiological functions’.