01 Jun 2019

Which Conservative Leadership Candidate Has The Intelligence And Courage To Legalise Cannabis?

There are a host of strong, evidence-based reasons why legalising cannabis is a very good idea. It's also an idea that fits perfectly with Tory principles of free enterprise, small government and fighting crime. In private, most politicians now realise this and that the present policy on cannabis causes far more harm than it prevents. But do any of the Conservative Leadership candidates have the vision to make this policy their own? It would be a massive vote winner at...

21 May 2019

The CBD Market Can Help Drive Cannabis Law Reform But Selling So-Called ‘CBD Flowers’ Could Take Us Backwards

Compliant businesses operating responsibly within the legal cannabis sector will help to drive reform. Blurring the lines between legal and illegal products will delay progress.   It seems that the crackdown on the open sale of cannabis flowers online and in high street stores is here. Both in the UK and Ireland, several shops have been raided in recent weeks and some people are facing potential charges of supplying...

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...

30 Jan 2019

Daily Mail Profits From Illegal Advertising For Cannabis

On the same day that the Mail publishes yet another inaccurate and misleading article on cannabis and CBD in particular, it is carrying a full page advertisement for CBD which breaches medicines, food and advertising law. The ad, from Woods Supplements at https://www.woodshealth.com/, claims medicinal benefits for its product for joint pain, migraine, psoriasis, acne, depression, pain and inflammation. While there is probably a substantial amount of truth in these claims, it is unlawful to make them without the product having a...

29 Jan 2019

Another Attack by Bureaucrats on CBD and its Consumers

Today's article in the Daily Mail on CBD follows that publication's usual pattern - there is a kernel of truth but on top of that is piled inaccuracy upon misleading comment upon nonsense. So let's deal with the truth and send the nonsense back to the Daily Mail where it belongs. Within the last few days it has emerged that the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), has been working surreptitiously with its opposite numbers in four other EU countries to add all...

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...

12 Oct 2018

Will I Be Able To Get Cannabis Prescribed On The NHS?

With the publication of new regulations yesterday, it is now clear how cannabis will be available on the NHS starting on 1st November 2018. Only consultants will be able to prescribe cannabis and it will be entirely up to each consultant to make a decision about individual patients. The definition of cannabis-derived medicinal products is sufficently wide that both oils and herbal cannabis manufactured to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards will be available. There is very little explanation included in the regulations...

10 Sep 2018

Nick Hurd MP, The Home Office And Their Massive Broken Promise On Medicinal Cannabis.

On 29th June 2018 in The Times newspaper, Nick Hurd MP, minister of state at the Home Office, published the following promise: "If medicinal and therapeutic benefits are identified, the intention would be to reschedule cannabis-related medicine as a treatment available through GPs. Whilst recent cases in the media have involved epilepsy this would be open to patients suffering from all illnesses where such treatment is identified to benefit them." Source: 'Out-of-date rules...

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...