22 Jun 2019

Letter to the Irish Independent, 22nd June 2019. ‘Let’s look at the evidence when it comes to cannabis’

Peter Reynolds of CLEAR confronts the reefer madness of Irish psychiatrist, Professor Patricia Casey. See her original column: 'Dangers of sleepwalking into legalisation of cannabis use' In response to Patricia Casey (Dangers of sleepwalking into legalisation of cannabis use', 15th June 2019), how much longer must we be berated by the sort of arguments that Professor Casey puts forward?  At best her column is disingenuous and misleading. The ‘Cannabis Risk Alliance’ was directly contradicted by another group, similarly qualified, just a few days...

22 Jun 2019

Doctors Are Frightened Of Cannabis. It Challenges Conventional Medicine And Threatens Their Status.

The British medical establishment is behaving like a spoilt child that doesn't understand the rules of a new game. The irony is that it's actually a very old game that went out of fashion just a century ago despite thousands of years of practice. The wisdom accumulated across those many years has been dismissed by simplistic, reductionist, allopathic medicine and its...

06 Jun 2019

Review. ‘Cannabis Health’ Magazine

This is a milestone in cannabis law reform. A glossy magazine, produced to the highest standard, fit to sit alongside Country Life, Cosmopolitan or Vogue. It treats the subject with intelligence, with insight and the stories it tells are told with respect, sensitivity and common sense. It would be easy to have made this sensationalist, to have made exaggerated claims, launched strident attacks on those who still oppose consumption of the plant or fallen into the trap of folklore rather than...

24 Apr 2019

Review. ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Medical Cannabis’ by Prof. Michael Barnes

There was just one word which came immediately to mind as I began to read this book - clear. It is a paragon of clarity and although I am very familiar with Mike's writing, in personal emails as well as published works, he has exceeded my expectations and this is a truly excellent book. In fact, I think it undersells itself. It is far from a 'beginner's guide', it is a definitive guide and without overcomplicating anything, it covers everything of...

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...

31 Oct 2018

The Medical Establishment Shows Its True Colours On Cannabis. A Betrayal of Patients.

On 31st October 2018, NHS England published what it describes as prescribing guidance - 'Cannabis-based products for medicinal use: Guidance to clinicians'. The actual guidance is buried within a mountain of bureaucratic doublespeak and requires downloading PDFs from the Royal College of Physicians (download here) and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (download here). In both cases, aside from chemotherapy-induced nausea, the guidance amounts to 'do not prescribe'. This is a travesty of the intention of these reforms and demonstrates how the...

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...