The study, entitled the Cannabis Research Plan,is to be a partnership between Oxford University and venture capital company Kingsley Capital Partners, who are investing 10 million to create a global centre of excellence in cannabinoid research. Prof Ahmed Ahmed of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said existing studies were beginning to produce exciting findings which could result in new treatments.This field holds great promise for developing novel therapeutic opportunities for cancer patients, he said. The study has received celebritybackingfrom actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who uses marijuana to treat the symptoms of his ortho-arthritis.He told The Daily Telegraph: Two years ago, in Los Angeles I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands. Sir Patrick said marijuana Medical marijuana stocks products bought in the US had helped him regain use of his hands Credit: Andrew Montgomery Regular use of an ointment and chewy bar had allowed him to sleep at night, while spraying his hands during the day had brought back mobility, he said, enabling him to make fists. As a result of this experience, I enthusiastically support the Oxford University Cannabis Research Plan, he said. The star of the X-Men and Star Trek films hopesthe research willhelp him and millions of others.This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has, for too long, been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance, he said. Currently neither the Conservatives nor Labour officially supportlegalising cannabis for medical use. Both the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats have called for legalising its medical use for some time. Sativex, a prescription-only drug used by multiple sclerosis patients, is the only licensed cannabis-based product in the country and is given to help ease muscle spasms. However, it is non-psychoactive and does not cause a high.
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