06 Apr 2015

Medicinal Cannabis: The Evidence.

Today CLEAR publishes 'Medicinal Cannabis:The Evidence', a comprehensive and up to date review of the evidence supporting the use of cannabis as medicine. The report details an extraordinary quantity of peer-reviewed, published evidence that demonstrates the efficacy and safety of using cannabis to treat a wide range of conditions. It looks in detail at five therapeutic areas where the evidence is strongest: Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Crohn's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Archaeological and written evidence suggests mankind has used cannabis for...

04 Apr 2015

The cannabis queen of Beverly Hills

Originally published in The Times magazine, 4th April 2015. Cheryl Shuman claims she survived cancer because of her drug use. Now, she has her own cannabis farm and hosts marijuana parties for Hollywood A-listers. It's all legal, she says Cheryl Shuman is talking me through how she kick-starts her day. "I'll have a cannabis juice smoothie," she explains. "Kale, cannabis juice, carrot juice, apple. That's usually my breakfast. "And for lunch I'll generally have a grilled chicken...

29 Mar 2015

Cannabis and Cancer

Not entirely unexpectedly, feathers flew on the CLEAR Facebook page this week when an extract from the forthcoming CLEAR document 'Medicinal Cannabis: The Evidence' was published. You can read the article that caused such outrage for yourself - There Is No Scientific Evidence That Cannabis Cures Cancer In Humans – Yet. It was as if CLEAR had published a great sacrilegious heresy. Comments included This is a lie, everyone that has tried cannabis knows it can stop...

25 Mar 2015

There Is No Scientific Evidence That Cannabis Cures Cancer In Humans – Yet.

Most of the evidence concerning cannabis and cancer is in vitro or in vivo. There is virtually none in humans, only human cell lines in petri dishes. There is no evidence of a curative effect. The only clinical trial to date was purified THC fed directly into glioma brain tumours in nine patients. Eight showed some benefit but all were dead within one year. Cannabis Oil The evidence almost certainly will come but it does not yet exist and may require specific...

23 Mar 2015

The BBC Finally Wakes Up To the Potential Of Medicinal Cannabis.

Some people think the BBC is right wing and others think it's run by a bunch of commie subversives. Personally I'd say it's soft left, mumsy, pro-status quo. It supports the establishment and that means it's always been negative about cannabis. If it isn't joining in the demonisation of us – the three million psychotic axe murderers that use cannabis regularly in the UK – then it takes a jokey, sarcastic, snide angle. ...

21 Mar 2015

For All The Hysteria About Cannabis And Psychosis, Here Are The Facts.

Charles Walker MP, A Scaremongerer Without A Cause. Charles Walker MP, Parliament's cheerleader for the 'skunk scaremongerers' shot himself and his hysterical campaign in the foot yesterday. He had submitted a parliamentary written question asking: "…how many people under 18 years of age have been treated in NHS-funded mental health units for cannabis-induced psychosis in each of the last five years?" The answer from Jane Ellison MP, minister of state at the Department of Health, must have gravely disappointed Mr Walker. She revealed...

13 Mar 2015

Shocking Misconduct By South Wales Police

Police place notice outside a house they are raiding. On 11th March, South Wales Police (Heddlu De Cymru), posted this alarming picture on its Facebook page. What is the purpose of placing such a sign outside someone's home? It can only be to humiliate them. It also raises serious issues of justice and the law. It brands the house, indeed the whole street, so the neighbours aren't going to be happy...

13 Mar 2015

Home Affairs Select Committee Drugs Conference 12th March 2015

A Day In Cambridge On Drugs Homerton College, Cambridge. George and Dean were where I expected them to be. In the car park, 'medicating' in order to get them through a long afternoon. The Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) Drugs Conference took place in the delightful surroundings of Homerton College, Cambridge. I know there were several others there who were only able to make it because they committed criminal offences in order to maintain...

07 Mar 2015

The ‘Skunk’ Scare Is The Best Argument For Legal Regulation Of Cannabis

Daily Mail to the Rescue? The recent 'skunk' scare" promoted by some world-respected scientists and the Daily Mail was, I suspect, seen by at least some of them as an argument for continued and stronger prohibition. But perhaps they've scored an own goal, opening an argument which has the potential to be devastating for the continued prohibition of cannabis. Now one view of the study by Sir Robin Murray and others - which really set all this...

04 Mar 2015

Channel 4 Drugs Live. How To Cause Confusion About Cannabis.

What is this 'hash' that looks like weed and this 'skunk' that isn't cannabis? Channel 4's 'Drugs Live:Cannabis On Trial' played fast and loose with facts, terminology and ethical considerations. Cannabis (herbal) Cannabis (hash) To be fair, I greatly enjoyed the programme (well I would wouldn't I) and there was some fascinating science. Particularly about how the brain responds to music when you're high and about how CBD protects the...