Former Health Minister Norman Lamb has taken CBD oil containing THC for a BBC documentary and is now calling for cannabis to be legalised. The Liberal Democrat MP says he has bought and used cannabidiol to relax himself before important meetings. He spoke out about the issue for a BBC documentary which focuses on the legalisation of cannabis in Canada.
As you all know by now, CBD and cannabis are two separate substances in the UK, but in Canada, where cannabis is legal, CBD oil often contains high levels of THC that would render it illegal here. This is why many parents with epileptic children struggle to get hold of this more potent version of CBD, even though it’s been proven to reduce seizures.
For the programme on BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, he and Labour MP David Lammy and Conservative MP Jonathan Djanogly visited Canada. Here, Norman Lamb bought and sampled cannabis oil, flushing it away before his return flight – an act he called ‘ridiculous’.
Lamb has been a long-term supporter of legalising cannabis, having taken the drug as a student.
“Taking this oil is purely for sleeping, for relaxation, I will take it before bed and before my flight home,” he told the programme.
“I was really anxious because I had the hearing of the technology and science select committee the next day and I was travelling back overnight, and I just thought if I get back having had no sleep it will be a challenge.”
Even more interestingly, David Lammy, who previously was anti-legalisation, changed his mind as a result of making the programme.