26 Jun Could The Cannabis Patch Make It In The UK?
Government, regulators, medical professionals and politicians in the UK remain strongly opposed to medicinal cannabis. Could the transdermal cannabis patch be the way forward? It delivers medicine through the skin without the stigma of smoking and ‘medicalises‘ cannabis in a way that might cut through the prejudice and ignorance.
There are a few enlightened doctors but most who show any interest in cannabinoid medicine are snapped up immediately by GW Pharma and decide that extraordinarily expensive, high-tech cannabis extracts are the only option. There is massive paranoia within the professional bodies and Royal Colleges about what is happening in the US, Canada and Israel. They are desperate not to be left out but terrified of the political consequences
Only a very few politicians have any idea of the vast amount of evidence of safety and efficacy of cannabis as medicine. Most are so concerned about being seen to be ‘soft on drugs‘ that they are incapable of rational thought or discussion on the subject. The idea that cannabis might be a very safe, very effective and very inexpensive medicine for a wide range of conditions… well they’ll have lost interest by now as your average MP is only interested in very short term popularity.
The government and regulators: the Home Office, Department of Health and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are bureaucratic, incompetent and corrupt. The MHRA in particular is useless and incapable of a coherent response on the subject. The story of the Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to the MHRA on Sativex is scandalous and moves rapidly from incompetence to dishonesty, so scared is it to admit that the product is a whole plant extract and not a pharmaceutical preparation of THC and CBD.
It is this sad, disappointing accumulation of third rate results that puts Britain at the back of medical progress. We need a way to break through the prejudice and misinformation that the British people have been subject to for so long.
So the patch might have a chance. It puts the story across in a different way. It seems to confine it to medicinal use. I mean you can break open a bottle of Sativex, can’t you? Can you smoke a patch? Also, it makes sense for localised pain, such as arthritis, back or joint problems – it gets the medicine where it’s needed.
Victor Hamilton, who is one of the longest serving cannabis campaigners in the UK, has been working on the patch for more than 10 years. His ‘Canniderm‘ brand was a genius idea then and is now actually happening in Colorado. Victor was delighted to be able to test the ‘Mary’s Medicinals‘ samples as shown above and reports that they work as indicated. There are issues with the absorption of large molecules through the skin but most methods of ingesting cannabis are wasteful. A transdermal patch is a good solution when vapourising isn’t appropriate.