3. Underpinning Knowledge - Legislation and Professional Issues

3.6.13Cannabis and cannabis-based products

Cannabis contains more than 400 chemical constituents, including cannabinoids, terpenoids and phenolic compounds, many of which have potential for medicinal use. The most common of the cannabinoids are the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol (CBD).

There are a wide range of cannabis-based products used for medicinal purposes, with varying constituents and covered by different aspects of legislation. These can be broadly categorised as: