10 Dec 2015

King’s College Confirms Institute of Psychiatry Misled Media On Cannabis Brain Study.

The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London issued a press release on 27th November claiming that its latest study shows cannabis causes damage to the corpus callosum.  This was widely reported across the world and many publications extended what was already an inaccurate claim into saying that this “damage” was a cause of psychosis. As I have already reported and as confirmed by the NHS, the study showed nothing of the sort.  Then, last week, by accident really, I discovered that quietly and with...

06 Dec 2015

This Is The Future Of Cannabis. For Medicine, Nutrition And Pleasure.

One of these vape pens contains Blue Dream sativa cannabis oil, 91% THC, the other is Hindu Kush indica cannabis oil, 85% THC and the spare cartridge has the dregs of some New York City Diesel sativa, 85% THC. You can’t tell which is which to look at them but each has a distinctive flavour and effect.  They’re not completely odour free but almost. Vape pens This is the future of cannabis as a consumer product.  It is cleaner,...

30 Nov 2015

Blatant Dishonesty From King’s College London. Institute Of Psychiatry Untrustworthy.

On Friday, 27th November 2015, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London issued a press release titled “Study shows white matter damage caused by ‘skunk-like’ cannabis”.  As a result, hundreds of media outlets across the world have published to the effect that cannabis use causes changes in the corpus callosum, the largest white matter structure in the brain, which is responsible for communication between the left and right hemispheres. Professor Sir Robin Murray: Causation Or Just Correlation? In...

27 Nov 2015

Anti-Cannabis Cult At Kings College Punts Another Scare Story

It's the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London, yet again, with another terrifying story about cannabis that is immediately distorted, exaggerated and misrepresented by the scientifically illiterate hacks of Fleet Street. This time though King's College itself has reported the results of its own research inaccurately and published false and misleading claims. Can King's College explain why its press release is headlined "Study shows white matter damage caused by 'skunk-like' cannabis", when the researcher Dr Dazzan...

23 Nov 2015

Prevent: Radicalisation, The Role Of Criminal Gangs And The War On Drugs.

Back in August I wrote an article for CLEAR entitled "The Real Dark Side Of Prohibition" (Read it here). It focused on the way prohibition encourages people to into secretive lifestyles Being involved in illegal sub-cultures has a set of rules: In order to keep your contacts secure obviously there has to be a code of silence, you are also at risk of being exposed as a criminal yourself should you speak out. In addition...

16 Nov 2015

How to Respond to MPs’ Standard Approach on Cannabis

André Gomes During the build-up to the cannabis debate that took place on Monday, 12th October, we asked CLEAR members to contact their Members of Parliament (MPs) to ensure their interests were properly represented. Many of the responses received were much the same as we have been seeing for years. There are standardised paragraphs used on the subject of cannabis, the same even from different parties. Besides the typically embellished and politically neutral answers, I...

07 Nov 2015

Another Pack Of Lies On Cannabis From The UK Government.

Yet another cannabis petition amongst hundreds of similar pleas was filed earlier this autumn. This one though is more tightly focused on removing cannabis from schedule 1, which defines it as having no medicinal value. The petition is also commendably concise but characterises itself as a 'demand' that cannabis be rescheduled, an unfortunate choice of words. Nevertheless, congratulations are due in that it has exceeded the threshold of 10,000 signatures which means the government must...

01 Nov 2015

The Duplicity And Deceit Of UK Drugs Policy

On 12th October, after more than 220,000 people had signed a government e-petition calling for cannabis to be legalised, Mike Penning MP, the drugs minister, responded to the debate. He said: "I have every sympathy for my friends and members of my family who have had MS and the terrible pain and anguish that they go through because of an incurable disease. So I start from the premise of having sympathy. Let us see what we can...

16 Oct 2015

If Your MP Isn’t On This List You Need to Have A Word. Next Steps After The Cannabis Debate.

The Cannabis Debate in Westminster 12th October 2015 These Are The MPs Who Did Their Duty And Attended The Debate: Lyn Brown, Labour, West Ham (Shadow Home Office minister)Lisa Cameron, Scottish National Party, East Kilbride, Strathaven and LesmahagowNigel Evans, Conservative, Ribble Valley (Chair of the debate) Paul Flynn, Labour, Newport WestCheryl Gillan, Conservative, Chesham and Amersham (Chair of the debate) Sylvia Hermon, Independent, North Down George Howarth, Labour, Knowsley Rupa Huq, Labour, Ealing...