20 Dec NHS Complaint. NHS Choices Website Publishes False Information On Cannabis


Complaint submitted 11.00am 20-12-13

NHS Choices article: “Cannabis ‘changes shape of brain circuits'” http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/12December/Pages/cannabis-changes-shape-brain-circuits.aspx

This article is, disgracefully, a re-print of an article from the Daily Mail, perhaps the source of more health misinformation than any other in the UK.

The headline is inaccurate, misleading and false. The study does not show that ‘cannabis changes shape of brain circuits’. It explicitly states that it is unable to state whether the brain changes observed were there before the subjects started using cannabis.

This is a clear breach of professional standards which is exacerbated by the appalling imbalance, falsehood and omissions about cannabis which pervade the NHS Choices website. No information is provided about the now overwhelming evidence of the health benefits and therapeutic uses of cannabis. Much of the information directly contradicts the NHS document ‘A summary of the health harms of drugs’. NHS, 2011. http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/healthharmsfinal-v1.pdf

The NHS Choices website is clearly engaged in misleading and false anti-cannabis propaganda.

N.B. Within two hours of submitting this complaint, the headline on the article has been changed to “Brain shape different in former cannabis users”.