27 Sep 2019

IRELAND. Chronic Pain Sufferers Speak Up For Cannabis

There was something oddly familiar about the scenario; women calling for the right to choose while voicing their frustration at the obstacles politicians and medical professionals were throwing in their way. But this wasn’t a debate on abortion, this was a symposium on medicinal cannabis, held at the University of Limerick last Saturday. Event organiser Alicia Maher is no stranger to publicity. She has spoken openly in the past about her deeply personal health...

05 Sep 2019

NICE’s Draft Guidelines on Cannabis Prove That Its Methods Don’t Work and It Is Causing Harm to Patients

The draft guidelines produced by the NICE committee are nothing short of ridiculous. There is a complete absence of common sense and an absurd failure properly to consider all the available evidence. But it's actually much more serious than this. It is now abundantly clear that this committee, its membership and its conclusions were only ever intended to delay, obfuscate and sabotage the reforms which were introduced in November last year because of a public outcry. The selection of members of the...

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...