Scientists say cannabidiol could extend patients’ lives by a matter of years

A substance found in cannabis plants might boost treatments for patients with pancreatic cancer, research in mice has suggested.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is not psychoactive, meaning it does not produce feelings of being high in those who take it. It is extracted from hemp plants and is legal in the UK, although a CBD product must be licensed before it can be advertised as having health benefits. At present, there are no licensed CBD-only medicines in the UK, but it is being used in a number of clinical trials, including for treating psychosis.

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