02 Feb 2016

CLEAR, The British Medicinal Cannabis Campaign and UK CBD Combine To Offer Media Briefings.

The subject of cannabis as medicine is certain to rise to the top of the UK news agenda in forthcoming weeks as a new Coronation Street storyline unfolds. CLEAR will have a running commentary on the storyline as it unfolds. The character Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, will be seen suffering when her prescription medicine fails to alleviate her pain. Erica Holroyd (Claire King) will then suggest that she starts using cannabis...

19 Dec 2015

Top UK Soap ‘Coronation Street’ To Run Medicinal Cannabis Storyline

Could This Be A Breakthrough In The UK Campaign For Medicinal Cannabis? Cannabis used as medicine has appeared before in UK soaps but the news is that this Coronation Street storyline could be less jokey and trivial and actually deal in science and truth.  If so it could be a major breakthrough against an intransigent government that flatly refuses even to consider the evidence. Coronation Street is the world’s longest running soap opera still in production. Each episode reaches an average of between...

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...

07 Aug 2015

The Man Who Smashed UK Cannabis Prohibition – And Looks Set To Do The Same In America.

Across social media it's 'on message' to despise Big Pharma and to promote the idea that government and pharmaceutical companies are engaged in the business of making people ill and feeding them with drugs in the pursuit of profit. In the cannabis campaign it's virtually compulsory to abuse, defame and promote conspiracy theories about GW Pharmaceuticals, the world's leading developer of cannabis-based medicines. Now GW Pharma is hardly 'Big Pharma'. It's annual revenues for 2014 were £30 million....

03 Aug 2015

Cannabis As Palliative Care.

The highest priority for CLEAR is that doctors should be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis. The government continues to insist that cannabis has no medicinal value despite the huge amount of evidence that it provides real relief for a range of physical conditions. CLEAR has produced a summary of the evidence for cannabis as a medicine. The ability of cannabis to treat physical symptoms is the essence of campaigning for medicinal cannabis, it has nothing to do...

27 Jul 2015

George Hutchings – A Plea For Cannabis

George Hutchings suffers from 'Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease', otherwise known as 'Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathy. This is a progressive disease for which there is no cure.George tells his story and explains why he finds cannabis the best medicine. July 2015 _________________________________ George is an active member of the CLEAR Medicinal Users Panel ...

16 Jul 2015

BBC Report On Herbal Products Highlights Problems With Cannabis Regulation

It seems that unless you choose a herbal product with a THR mark you can have no certainty at all about what you are buying. An excellent report on the BBC's 'Trust Me I'm A Doctor', reveals that the industry is rife with confidence tricksters, fraudsters and probably some well-meaning incompetents. How can you know what you're getting in a herbal product? This has major implications for the medicinal use of cannabis and the businesses that will...

10 Jul 2015

Re-inventing the Wheel – Cannabis and Cancer

Dr Peter McCormick of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich is in the news again for his ongoing research on cannabis extracts and cancer. The latest work is aimed at making a case for developing a synthetic alternative to cannabis which would have the same cancer treating properties but without any of the "unwanted side effects" of THC. UEA Press Release Dr Peter McCormick, from UEA's School of Pharmacy We have 5,000...

03 Jul 2015

The Minister For Government Policy On The Strange Case Of Medicinal Cannabis.

Oliver Letwin MP is, according to The Independent, "probably the most powerful person in the government after the Prime Minister and Chancellor". He is the Cabinet Office minister with responsibility for the implementation of government policy. He holds the ancient title of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He is a member of 13 of the 14 Cabinet committees and chair of three of them, more than anyone other than Cameron. He is now...