27 Oct 2020

Professor Les Iversen, Tightrope Walker and Unsung Hero of Cannabis Law Reform

Leslie Iversen, born October 31 1937, died July 30 2020 Daily Telegraph obituary 'Leslie Iversen, pioneering neuroscientist who studied the effects of drugs on the brain' I'm sad that the latter years of Les Iversen's life have been skipped over in this obituary. As with so many scientists who have had some influence in the political field, he had to tread a tightrope between scientific evidence and the ignorance, bigotry, prejudice of those in politics who are far more concerned with tabloid...

03 Oct 2020

Five Reasons Why Boris Johnson Should Legalise Cannabis Now

1. Popularity Polls confirm that a majority of British voters support reform of our cannabis laws. More than three-quarters are strongly supportive of medicinal cannabis. There has been a sea change in attitude, also strongly accelerated by the rise of the CBD market, itself born entirely out of small, entrepreneurial British businesses. Boris could catch this wave, delight more than half of the electorate immediately with a bold, radical move and dispel much of the 'nasty party', authoritarian mood that has...

21 Feb 2020

UK’s Leading Cannabis Doctor Criticises FSA’s “Heavy Handed” Move On CBD

Hundreds of thousands of people are gaining great benefit from the CBD products they buy online or in high street stores. For some people improvement is dramatic.  This is why I'm very disappointed at the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) heavy handed intervention in the market.  Its claim that there are potential adverse health effects only applies where massive doses of pure CBD are taken. Over-the-counter CBD products are very safe and there is no evidence at all of liver problems...

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...