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...

08 Sep 2018

Review. Hydrology 9 Vaporiser.

The Hydrology 9 has reawakened my enthusiasm for vaporisers. It has its faults but overall this is a great machine and a real advance in vaporiser technology. It also has one nifty little feature that is very simple but makes a huge difference. It's genius in fact and more of this later. I've assessed it over about four weeks and all that remains is to see how well it lasts. This is an expensive machine at around £200.00 and if it...

24 Apr 2018

Review: The SteamCloud Mini Vape Cartridge Battery

This product is genius. It makes vape cartridges even more convenient and easy to use. Since I first experienced quality vape pen cartridges I've become convinced they are the future of cannabis, both as a consumer product for adults and as a medicine. They are neat, clean, convenient and if you choose a reputable brand they are the safest, most effective method of consuming cannabis. The most important factors are that they are made by a safe extraction process which nowadays...

21 Jan 2018

Review: The Saber Vape Pen

I've enjoyed trying out the Saber Vape Pen over the last couple of months.  It's a vape pen for concentrates: wax, shatter, oil and all types of cannabis extracts with textures ranging from brittle toffee to gloopy sludge.  In use, the main difference is how easy it is to get the gloop into the bowl - and sometimes it's not easy, it quickly becomes a sticky mess! Of course, the sort of product that this is designed for isn't easily available...

21 Jan 2016

Jack’s Story – Reefer Madness from UTurn of Swindon

At the end of last year a little known 'substance misuse service' from Swindon in the south west of England produced a short film about cannabis aimed at young people. The organisation in question is "Uturn", based at Clarence House in Euclid Street, Swindon. Uturn's Facebook page This film is a terrible example of a prohibition era film dressed up as caring, sensible advice aimed at preventing vulnerable young people getting into trouble with their cannabis use....

26 Dec 2015

CLEAR Highlights for 2015

January New Website Launched CLEAR started the year with a brand new website, launching on January 19th. The Daily News e-mail service began at the same time. Subscribe to the Daily News e-mail CLEAR Delegation to the Department of Health A delegation of medicinal cannabis users met with George Freeman MP, minister for life sciences with responsibility for medicines regulation. Mr Freeman requested a summary of the evidence on cannabis as medicine, which led directly...

20 Dec 2015

Throwing the sloth out with the bathwater

You've probably heard about this by now and for good reason. The latest anti cannabis campaign - this time a classic from down under in New South Wales, Australia - has been greeted with widespread ridicule around the world. The ill-advised campaign is called "Stoner Sloth" and has its own supporting website which you can see here. It's not easy to find on Google because the search term "Stoner sloth" brings up so many other sites making fun...

13 Dec 2015

Anti Drug Common Sense

Perhaps the last thing you might have expected from an organisation calling itself "The Anti Drug Alliance" is a document supporting cannabis law reform, but that's what has happened. The Anti Drug Alliance is a South African organisation whose mission statement is We are an organization that is committed to educating the South African public about the dangers of substance abuse and addiction. It's new report entitled 'At What Cost 2.0 - All Rands and No...