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Soluble cannabis could be used medically

Scientists have found a way to make cannabis soluble, removing a key objection to its use as a medicine.

GPs have opposed the medical use of the drug because it either had to be smoked, which causes cancer, or eaten, which is unreliable.

Dissolved cannabis, however, could be injected or made into a spray. Researchers at Aberdeen University say it could lead to the drug being available on the NHS within five years.

Professor Roger Pertwee said the compound would still give users a 'high' and work was ongoing to remove that but retain its painkilling properties, reports The Independent.

The drug was banned from medical use in 1971 but many people, including multiple sclerosis patients, use it to relieve pain.

Last updated: 08:57 Monday 11th December 2000