he House of Lords established the Select Committee on Medicinal Cannabis to investigate the scientific and medical evidence for the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in 1998. Over the following months the Committee heard evidence from patients, medical professionals, patient groups and other organisations with expertise in this field and in November 1998 their conclusions and recommendations were published.
The findings of the Select Committee were extremely supportive of further research into the medicinal uses of cannabis. One recommendation was that ‘clinical trials of cannabis for the treatment of MS and chronic pain should be mounted as a matter of urgency’. (It is important to note that the Committee considered only the medicinal uses of cannabis and felt that this was an entirely separate issue from recreational use.)
View the House of Lords Select Committee report
‘Cannabis: the scientific and medical evidence’
The MCRF was formed as a direct response to the House of Lords Select Committee, on which all five of our Trustees served, in order to promote scientific medicinal cannabis research.
The Medicinal Cannabis Research Foundation (MCRF)
is a UK registered charity set up to promote and sponsor medicinal cannabis research and to raise public awareness
is concerned only with the medicinal uses of cannabis and has no policy or opinion on recreational use
neither encourages nor condones the illegal use of cannabis
believes mounting anecdotal and scientific evidence of the benefits of medicinal cannabis should be used to direct further research
awards grants for high-quality research that will help make medicinal cannabis legally available as quickly as possible to those in need
relies entirely on the generosity of its supporters to award research grants.
Relies on the generosity of medicinal cannabis supporters to make research possible.
If you support medicinal cannabis research and would like to help please visit our How to Help page.