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 May 2019

Ignorant Doctors Bring Shame On Their Profession With Foolish Words on Cannabis

What is it in these British Isles that has resulted in a medical establishment that uses prejudice, scaremongering and specious argument to object to the medical use of cannabis? The astonishing ignorance that pervades the medical profession on this subject is demonstrated once again by a ridiculous letter in today's Irish Times. In a display of hubris, arrogance and plain stupidity, these people who assume they are due our respect, have conflated the issues of medical and recreational use in the...

12 Dec 2018

Bring Billy Home. The NHS Has Denied Him His Medicine Again. He Is Back In Canada.

It's probably the most shocking outcome of the new regulations on cannabis that the boy whose story created the change is in exile again. Billy Caldwell, loved and adored by the whole nation, is back in Canada with his mum Charlotte because there is not a specialist doctor in the UK who will prescribe the medicine he needs. He has written a heartbreaking letter to Santa, saying he doesn't want any toys this year "My Xmas wish is to go home with...

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

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...

26 Oct 2018

British Doctors Don’t Understand Cannabinoid Medicine. They’ve Been Denied Education In The Basic Science.

Today's letter to the Times from a group of pain medicine consultants (reproduced below) is is an astonishing display of evidence-free ignorance from a profession that needs to challenge its own prejudice. To compare the addiction potential of cannabis with opioids is ridiculous and demonstrates just how detached from the science and evidence are those making this claim. Doctors will understandably feel challenged by a medicine that upturns many of their conventional habits. They have been prevented from understanding the science of...

12 Oct 2018

Will I Be Able To Get Cannabis Prescribed On The NHS?

With the publication of new regulations yesterday, it is now clear how cannabis will be available on the NHS starting on 1st November 2018. Only consultants will be able to prescribe cannabis and it will be entirely up to each consultant to make a decision about individual patients. The definition of cannabis-derived medicinal products is sufficently wide that both oils and herbal cannabis manufactured to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards will be available. There is very little explanation included in the regulations...

30 Jun 2018

A Quick, Easy Guide to The New UK Arrangements For Access To Cannabis As Medicine.

There's already an awful lot of misunderstanding over the arrangements just introduced for medicinal cannabis and there's no need for it because, to be fair, the government has been very clear. There is an interim procedure which will be very, very difficult for most to achieve. You must have very strong support from your doctor and they, together with your local NHS Trust, must be prepared to put in a lot of work, form-filling and pay some substantial licensing fees. It's...

29 Jun 2018

Cannabis for Medical Use And How The Royal College Of GPs Is Letting Us All Down.

The last couple of weeks have brought an enormous breakthrough for those who need cannabis as medicine but with the release of the government’s interim measures for licensing, the difficulties of how this will work in practice are obvious. Unless doctors are properly informed and educated about cannabis many patients are going to remain without any help and forced to continue in the illegal market. The Royal College of GPs was supposed to have issued guidelines to all GPs by the end...

17 Nov 2016

Guidelines On Cannabis For Medical Professionals.

In a new initiative, CLEAR's scientific and medical advisor, Professor Mike Barnes, has written to the presidents of several Royal Colleges proposing the development of guidelines around the use of cannabis as medicine. This is a tricky situation for doctors.  Surveys and individual reports from CLEAR members indicate that many doctors tacitly endorse their patients' use of cannabis but clearly cannot recommend the illegal use of cannabis, however safe and effective it may be. Professor Barnes' letter...