Medicinal Cannabis. Information For Patients.

    This remarkable document is published by the Dutch government’s Office of Medicinal Cannabis.  It shows how a civilised, modern nation with a policy based on facts and evidence treats its citizens with respect.

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    • Ian Singleton

      This is brilliant just pure information easy to read and understand it doesn’t promote use it just simply explains the medical use and effects, will the UK ever have this? There is a possibility as GW pharmaceuticals is a tricky subject for the government to tell us that Sativex is not cannabis.    

    • Anonymous

      Hope soo.. something needs to be done!!

    • Anonymous

      Before legalizing a ‘new drug’ (which seems to be the Authorities’ sole semi-valid reason for not allowing patients the access to it), why not fight for BANNING ALCOHOL and TOBACCO?
      Taking into consideration that prohibition doesn’t work, I think it’s about time for a reminder! Who knows; they may even start THINKING after being sober for more than a day…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Ford/1450969824 Dan Ford

       What a breath of fresh air. The Dutch folk get this sensible leaflet, and we get “Talk to Frank”

    • Anonymous

      “Continuous use of cannabis during pregnancy can affect the foetus. Also, certain
      components of cannabis – like THC – end up in breast milk. That is why the use of
      medicinal cannabis is not advisable during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.”
        
      I guess they are being cautious (understandable) but I can’t find any evidence that supports this assertion. in fact, what evidence there is, seems to directly refute this statement. More research is needed. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YPDCBWQ3J3JESYP7ROWAXOPKUI SARAH

       natural cannabiniods are created from the human body and are already supplied via milk to the baby to encourage appetite, so a bit extra also natural cannabinoids will just mean slightly bigger healthier babies that dont cry and appear satisfied. we also create our own heroin for pain relief (endorphins) incase you chop your arm off. and thats why we have receptors to accept them.

    • Ian Singleton

      I remember seeing talk to Frank it made me more confused after going on there.  I’m sure they had something to do with that weird advert on TV a few years ago “ever freaked out on weed”  it’s rot of the highest order.
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2009/feb/13/advertising-drugsandalcohol

    • Anonymous

      Yes that’s what I mean Sarah. 
      Dr. Melanie Dreher’s work in Jamaica with the Rastafarians seems to provide ample evidence that cannabis has positive effects so I was a bit surprised by the comment in the leaflet.  But, as I said, I suspect they are being a bit over cautious and don’t want to appear too radical.

    • Anonymous

      Dr. Dreher is just stating that the use of cannabis could help pregnant women with vomiting and nausea.. However, endocannabinoids, which are the ones produced by the human body, don’t equal the 85+ cannabinoids, which are present in the plant..
      There could be some beneficial effects for the baby..when vaporized or eaten; but I’m quite positive that any kind of smoke will harm the baby.
      I for one tend to believe the Dutch Government over some nurse from Des Moine, Iowa.
      Don’t do drugs when pregnant…

    • Anonymous

      I was just watching BBC 1 program “Postcode Lottery” episode 3/5 about how many MS patients had noticable benefits from Sativex.  One woman’s PCT wouldn’t prescribe it after the clinical trials ended.  Then a Consultant in Portsmouth who was prescribing it to several patients was told he had to stop.  This episode can be seen on the BBC i Player. Why if it’s beneficial does the NHS restrict it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Murray/614947204 Michael Murray

      Sarah ,
      Im not sure where you reach these fantastic assumptions from. Have you some research that back these assumptions up or are you just guessing?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Murray/614947204 Michael Murray

      It doesnt have national approval yet so areas have to make up there own mind .In Scotland they havent applied for a licence. In some trusts in England  havent approved it as it is approximately £4000 a year and in trials only 42% of patients benefited from it and then 3/4 had an improvement of around 30%. In short with  limited funds it is very expensive , worked in less than half of people and improved symptoms to a degree.