CBD is now considered a medicine by the UK's regulatory body, the MHRA, after it was found to have a 'restoring, correcting or modifying' effect when given to humans.While THC - which is responsible for the high – was found to help relieve pain in patients in a study by University of California researchers in 2012.Cannabis oil is made up of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – the two primary ingredients in the plant.
Billy Caldwell, from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, made headlines in April when he became the first Briton to be prescribed such a drug on the NHS.
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But his treatment actually began last November, when he was given cannabis oil by specialists in the US in hope it would control his vicious seizures.
And now, 10 months since he was first given the liquid cannabis oil, he hasn't had any seizures. Born with intractable epilepsy and learning disabilities, Billy has since cheated death thousands of times, his mother said.