There is little moral basis for cannabis consumption remaining a crime

Hugh V. McLachlan

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Recent high-profile media coverage has prompted public recognition that cannabis in particular forms can have beneficial medical effects for some conditions such as epilepsy. There are two main chemicals found in the plant that are used in medical cannabis – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive element that produces the high, and Cannabidiol (CBD) which has no psychoactive effects. Medical cannabis has a higher CBD content so there is no THC-induced euphoria, which is what recreational users of cannabis are after.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Trust (UK) Limited
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2018


  • cannabis
  • epilepsy
  • John Stuart Mill
  • legalising cannabis
  • medical use


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