The NHS Is Trialling a Cannabis Vape Pen, So I Tried It for Myself

It won't really get you high, but it's a step towards sensible medicinal cannabis policy in the UK.

by Joe Bish
16 August 2016, 1:35pm

Welp, we may not be getting legalised cannabis in the UK any time soon, but those of us with chronic pain disorders might soon be getting a step closer to hemp freedom. For the first time the NHS is trialling a cannabis-based medicinal product: vape pens containing CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive compound in weed that's at the centre of America's medical weed revolution.

The vape is made by a company called MediPen and is freely available to purchase from their website. They have them in a variety of flavours, including coconut and menthol and stuff. It boasts the ability to help people deal with chronic pain afflictions like fibromyalgia, along with the old chestnuts of anxiety and depression and what have you. The user reviews on the MediPen site are filled with people saying: "It works!!! But I don't know whether that's a placebo or not lol."

"We've recently been working very closely with a team of NHS production and regulatory support pharmacists who've been able to meticulously analyse our proprietary formulation for both safety and cannabinoid concentration," says Jordan Owen, managing director of MediPen. "As the first consumer cannabis product to be tested by the NHS, we are confident that this will go a long way towards creating a properly regulated cannabis market in the UK and are extremely excited to see what the future holds."

Jordan actually sent me one of those MediPens not too long ago, as I was intrigued after seeing a CBD stand at the VapeExpo I went to earlier this year. I've been huffing on it for a few months, and while I cannot say it has cured my chronic pain (a pain I do not have), it does chill me out a bit at work and make my hands feel nice. Also, I blow the vapour into the face of the guy next to me and it really pisses him off. Look:

Great stuff. Let's hope British patients will soon be able to have us much fun treating their ailments with the MediPen as I do blowing its vapour onto my colleagues.


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