20 May 2019

Ignorant Doctors Bring Shame On Their Profession With Foolish Words on Cannabis

What is it in these British Isles that has resulted in a medical establishment that uses prejudice, scaremongering and specious argument to object to the medical use of cannabis? The astonishing ignorance that pervades the medical profession on this subject is demonstrated once again by a ridiculous letter in today's Irish Times. In a display of hubris, arrogance and plain stupidity, these people who assume they are due our respect, have conflated the issues of medical and recreational use in the...

19 Mar 2019

Asking Politicians to Order Doctors to Prescribe Cannabis is a Futile Quest

Last year, when Sajid Javid introduced the new regulations permitting prescribing of cannabis-based products for medicinal use (CBPMs) he went much further than anyone could have expected. For 50 years doctors had been told that cannabis was a highly toxic, dangerous drug with no therapeutic value. Then, in the space of few weeks they were suddenly told by the Chief Medical Officer that there was "conclusive evidence" of therapeutic benefit. The truth is successive governments and the Home Office had been...

31 Jan 2019

It’s Not The Premier League (Yet) But Rangers FC Wears The CLEAR Logo On Their Shirts

By Joseph Wood, Team Secretary Rangers FC are based in the Chesterfield and District Sunday League in Derbyshire and are currently competing in division three after finishing runners up in the fourth division last season. They are again challenging for promotion and have recently won a place in the semi-final of the Derbyshire county FA Sunday cup whilst also being in contention for the Chatsworth cup native to the Chesterfield Sunday league. As  the committee members and many of the players at Rangers...

23 Jan 2019

While The NHS Is Failing People, Small CBD Companies Are Stepping Up.

When Sajid Javid introduced the new regulations on cannabis for medical use last year, it brought hope to hundreds of thousands of people. Now the NHS is routinely letting patients down and refusing to provide the medicinal cannabis they need. The law no longer stands in the way but many people are in despair at the cruel and ignorant response of the medical establishment and NHS bureaucrats. Not least the...

12 Dec 2018

Bring Billy Home. The NHS Has Denied Him His Medicine Again. He Is Back In Canada.

It's probably the most shocking outcome of the new regulations on cannabis that the boy whose story created the change is in exile again. Billy Caldwell, loved and adored by the whole nation, is back in Canada with his mum Charlotte because there is not a specialist doctor in the UK who will prescribe the medicine he needs. He has written a heartbreaking letter to Santa, saying he doesn't want any toys this year "My Xmas wish is to go home with...

22 Nov 2018

CLEAR Announces New Policy On Home Cultivation Of Cannabis

In the past, CLEAR has refused to carry advertising or information from seed banks. The view we have taken is that although seeds are perfectly legal until germinated, promoting them is precious close to incitement to break the law and the position that we have maintained is to promote reform of the law. Our position on this has changed. Cannabis for medical use is no longer a matter for the criminal...

13 Nov 2018

What Is The Matter With Doctors About The Use Of Cannabis As Medicine?

In the UK, most doctors, and the medical profession as a whole, are ignorant and bigoted about cannabis. Their ignorance is not entirely their own fault. For 50-odd years, since cannabis tincture was last available from UK pharmacies, they have been subject to the same relentless tide of propaganda from the Home Office, successive governments, the tabloid press and rabble-rousing politicians as the rest of society. Many still regard cannabis as a dangerous drug consumed by degenerates that almost inevitably leads...

01 Nov 2018

NICE Rejects UK’s Most Eminent Medicinal Cannabis Clinician From Advisory Committee

If the UK was setting up an expert committee on fertility and Professor Robert Winston applied to join, he'd be welcomed with open arms. If we were setting up a committee on the origin of the universe and Professor Brian Cox applied, there's no question he'd be appointed. But NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, yesterday rejected Professor Mike Barnes' application to join its...

28 Oct 2018

Professor Mike Barnes On The Urgent Need For Medical Education In Cannabis.

See 'Cannabis Advocates Really Need To Stop Accusing Doctors of Being Bribed By Pharmaceutical Companies.' The urgent need now is physician education. Doctors just don’t know about the endocannabinoid system. They have never been taught it and thus don’t understand it and certainly don’t appreciate the benefit of medicinal cannabis. Only education will slowly change entrenched positions. The launch of the Academy of Medical Cannabis next week will go some way to help - see the website. I hope that the Medical...