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Fri
18
Oct

First regulator-approved medical cannabis clinic opens in U.K.

Regulators have given the thumbs-up to the opening of England’s first approved medical cannabis clinic.

While it will not the first private clinic in the country to prescribe medical cannabis it will the first to be approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – the regulator of health and social care services in England.

Thu
17
Oct

New U.K. clinical trials explore CBD as treatment for Parkinson's-related psychosis

Researchers in the U.K. are planning clinical trials that may give new hope to sufferers of Parkinson’s and their families.

The trials will examine the effects of cannabidiol (CBD), a psychoactive but non-intoxicating compound derived from the cannabis plant, on Parkinson’s-related psychosis, which can include terrifying symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations.

Wed
16
Oct

Europe could lose more ground in the medicinal cannabis industry

Europe is at risk of losing the market share to Africa in the medicinal cannabis industry, and Eco Equity have spotted the global potential.

There is a reluctance by some European policy and law makers to embrace the economic potential of medicinal cannabis and as a result they are seeing opportunities lost to more progressive markets. Europe could lose more ground following Lesotho and Zimbabwe’s decisions to allow cultivation of medicinal cannabis for mass export.

Wed
16
Oct

Wales: Is CBD oil legal and is it the same as smoking cannabis?

Millions of Brits believe CBD oil is illegal in the UK, according to research.

The oil, said to help promote sleep, ease chronic pain, and reduce stress and anxiety, is legal in the UK as it doesn’t contain THC - a compound with psychoactive effects. But two thirds of people believe it is banned.

And eight in 10 think the effect of taking the naturally-derived oil is the same as smoking cannabis.

More than half also said they would judge a friend or family member negatively if they knew they took CBD.

The research of 2,000 adults, commissioned by CBD oil manufacturer Dr Ed found more than three quarters are confused by CBD.

And eight in 10 describe it - despite being perfectly legal - as ‘dodgy’.

Tue
15
Oct

One year of medical cannabis in the UK

The 1st of November 2019 will mark the one year anniversary of the legalisation of medical cannabis in the United Kingdom. A year after Charlotte Caldwell's tireless campaign to obtain life-saving medication for her son Billy catapulted medical cannabis onto the public agenda, the cost of prescriptions has dropped substantially while the number of scripts written has increased, but more needs to be done before it can be more widely offered by the National Health Service (NHS).

Tue
15
Oct

Researchers study how to treat cannabis addiction with more cannabis

The solution to cannabis dependency might simply be more cannabis. That’s according to a new study from researchers at University College London, which found that cannabidiol (CBD) can help people reduce their consumption of THC. Presenting the study at this year’s London’s New Scientist Live festival, lead author Val Curran called the findings “really remarkable.” Curran, a professor of psychopharmacology at University College London, and her team were the first to test the idea of using CBD extracts to treat cannabis use disorders.

Mon
14
Oct

Medical cannabis could be the key to stopping a US-style opioid crisis in the UK

For much of the 20th century, the UK and much of the developed world have been engaged in an expensive and ineffective war on cannabis – a psychoactive herbal drug that is not known to have ever poisoned or killed anyone. 

Mon
14
Oct

Grading cannabis strength ‘will improve mental health of users’

Standard units for grading the potency of cannabis – similar to those already used for alcohol – would result in significant improvements in the mental health of users, according to addiction experts.

Researchers from the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath, working with staff from King’s College London, UCL and the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, say more needs to be done to make people aware of the levels of THC – the main psychoactive component – in the cannabis they are consuming.

Fri
11
Oct

Medical cannabis knowledge sharing: can the UK learn from Australia?

Medical cannabis has been legal in Australia since 2016 with almost 20,000 legal patient approvals.

Thu
10
Oct

New call for unified global CBD testing standards

New standardized purity tests would prevent unscrupulous CBD companies gaming the system to secure favorable results, says a U.K. industry body.

The London-based Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) is to gauge the appetitive for a new set of internationally-recognized CBD testing guidelines. In a press release the CMC says it has appointed leading chemist Dr Parveen Bhatarah, to investigate how to overcome the ‘barriers to analytical method standardization in the CBD-space’.

Recent research from the CMC highlighted the size of the problem currently facing the industry.

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