News & Comment

08 Sep 2018

Review. Hydrology 9 Vaporiser.

The Hydrology 9 has reawakened my enthusiasm for vaporisers. It has its faults but overall this is a great machine and a real advance in vaporiser technology. It also has one nifty little feature that is very simple but makes a huge difference. It's genius in fact and more of this later. I've assessed it over about four weeks and all that remains is to see how well it lasts. This is an expensive machine at around £200.00 and if it...

31 Aug 2018

Sainsbury’s Now Stocking Legal Cannabis Products As UK Policy Looks Increasingly Shambolic.

In another demonstration of how fast attitudes are changing, Love Hemp water containing soluble CBD cannabis extract is now on sale in a number of Sainsbury's stores. This is a remarkable achievement by the team at Love Hemp who are remaining tight lipped about the terms of the deal. A store manager told me that the product is on test in about 100 stores. Cannabis prohibition is crumbling and the Home Office seems increasingly our of touch with reality with its futile...

11 Aug 2018

Statement Authorised By The States Of Guernsey Concerning CBD Brothers.

The Cannabis Trades Association (CTA) is currently working with Roland Archer, States Analyst of the States of Guernsey, where it is intended that the Cannabis Products Directive (CPD) will be fully implemented into law perhaps as early as December.  Recent publications by CBD Brothers have emerged which it is important are corrected as they are highly misleading. CBD Brothers has stated the following: "We have been working very closely with officials from Guernsey who reached out to us last year. They wanted...

26 Jul 2018

The Definition Of A Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Product Must Include Standardised Herbal Cannabis Or Sajid Javid’s Reform Will Fail.

Bedrocan, the Netherlands government's official producer, grows cannabis in which the cannabinoid and terpene content is standardised and consistent. It does this by very careful cultivation techniques which include clonal propagation, continuous analysis and gamma irradiation to eliminate contamination with potentially harmful microbes. Its production facility is Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certified. With the exception of Sativex, which NICE has declared as not cost effective, the Bedrocan range offers the only medicinal cannabis products which could be readily available in the...

08 Jul 2018

WARNING. CBD Flowers, Buds, Weed, Hash Are NOT Legal In The UK.

This is an extremely serious warning which people need to take seriously. Both CLEAR and the Cannabis Professionals (CannaPro) trade association have independently dealt with several people who are being prosecuted for possession. The law treats these products exactly the same as any other cannabis. It makes no difference what the THC level is, it is a class B drug and the penalty for possession is up to five years in jail and an unlimited fine. The confusion arises because of...

05 Jul 2018

An ‘Expert Panel’ On Medicinal Cannabis Without A Single Expert On It?

To be fair, the members of the expert panel are hardly a surprise. It's the medical establishment writ large. The chairman, Dr John McBride, was, according to Charlotte Caldwell, "instrumental" in stopping Billy's medicine being prescribed, despite the original prescription coming from a consultant neurologist specialising in paediatric epilepsy. A government which has denied any medicinal value in cannabis for nearly 50 years needs 'cover' for its long...

04 Jul 2018

Dame Sally’s Caution On “Grown Cannabis” Does Not Bode Well For Access To Herbal Cannabis As Medicine.

Great news all round! Professor Dame Sally Davies has, within a matter of days concluded that cannabis does have medicinal value and needs to be removed from schedule 1. No surprise really as the evidence is, as Dame Sally says, "overwhelming". The simple fact is that our government has been deliberately ignoring it for years. However, reading Dame Sally's report yesterday I was immediately struck by her use of the term "grown cannabis" in a disparaging sense. I’m tempted to ask...

01 Jul 2018

Nick Hurd MP, The Times. ‘Out-of-date rules must not come before compassion for those who need medicinal cannabis’

This article by Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office Minister, is re-published from the Times of Friday, 29th June 2018. It is the most significant recent government statement on cannabis.       "Out-of-date rules must not come before compassion for those who need medicinal cannabis There are times when life presents a situation for which the status quo is no longer viable; when the case for compassion stands in direct challenge to the rules of the day. This is...

30 Jun 2018

A Quick, Easy Guide to The New UK Arrangements For Access To Cannabis As Medicine.

There's already an awful lot of misunderstanding over the arrangements just introduced for medicinal cannabis and there's no need for it because, to be fair, the government has been very clear. There is an interim procedure which will be very, very difficult for most to achieve. You must have very strong support from your doctor and they, together with your local NHS Trust, must be prepared to put in a lot of work, form-filling and pay some substantial licensing fees. It's...

29 Jun 2018

Cannabis for Medical Use And How The Royal College Of GPs Is Letting Us All Down.

The last couple of weeks have brought an enormous breakthrough for those who need cannabis as medicine but with the release of the government’s interim measures for licensing, the difficulties of how this will work in practice are obvious. Unless doctors are properly informed and educated about cannabis many patients are going to remain without any help and forced to continue in the illegal market. The Royal College of GPs was supposed to have issued guidelines to all GPs by the end...