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...

28 Aug 2019

BBC Horizon to Ramp Up Discredited Kings College ‘Skunk Scaremongering’

Tonight's BBC Horizon is going to follow the long-established BBC policy of overstating and exaggerating the potential harms of cannabis. From clips already released it is clear the programme is to promote as gospel truth the hysterical scaremongering and fanciful statistical projections coming from Dr Marta di Forti at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry. This so-called scientist and her colleagues base all their conclusions on profoundly unscientific methods, false...

01 Jul 2019

New NHS ‘Cannabis Clinic’ Announced as Kings College, Institute of Psychiatry Joins the ‘Green Rush’

Mail on Sunday, 30th June 2019. NHS is forced to open Britain’s first clinic for cannabis psychosis to treat addicts of the mind-altering drug Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2019. NHS opens first ever cannabis clinic as mind-altering 'skunk' fuels psychosis among users Daily Star, 30th June 2019. First NHS clinic for weed addicts launched to treat cannabis-induced psychosis sufferers The Times, 1st July 2019. NHS opens its...

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...

20 Mar 2019

A CLEAR Response to the Institute of Psychiatry’s Latest Cannabis and Psychosis Scaremongering

The Insititute of Psychiatry is today announcing its latest study on the links between cannabis and psychosis - 'The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder across Europe (EU-GEI): a multicentre case-control study'. For many years, its leading lights Professor Sir Robin Murray and Dr Marta di Forti have published study after study attempting to show a causal link between cannabis use and psychosis. They have never managed to...

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...

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...

28 Oct 2018

Cannabis Advocates Really Need To Stop Accusing Doctors of Being Bribed By Pharmaceutical Companies.

There may well be some doctors who are corrupt and there are still, despite much improvement, serious questions over the relationship between pharma companies and doctors but the idea that every member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine who signed that letter to the Times is taking bribes is ridiculous. The real reason is ignorance and that's not an attack on doctors, it's a reason. They have been subject to the same relentless torrent of reefer madness propaganda from government and...

13 Sep 2018

CLEAR Advises Department of Health and MHRA on Definition of Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products.

Last week, CLEAR was invited to participate in a teleconference with representatives of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This followed our written submissions made over the last few weeks. The teleconference included two representatives from each party. The DHSC was represented by the Medicines Pharmacy and Industry section. The MHRA was represented by the Licensing Division. CLEAR has now submitted a summary of all the advice offered which is reproduced...