United Kingdom

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Mon
15
Jul

It’s a mistake not to let GPs prescribe cannabis – UK expert

Neurologist Professor Mike Barnes wrote the report which convinced UK lawmakers to legalise medical cannabis last year, and now he has some advice for New Zealand lawmakers.

"The priority by far must be to educate our doctors," the Barnes Report author told Newshub Nation.

He says despite huge demand in the UK, only around 22 patients have actually received medical cannabis, with none of those prescriptions coming through the National Health Service.

He blames a lack of education and lingering stigma over cannabis for doctors reluctance to prescribe cannabis medication.

Mon
15
Jul

Support for legalising cannabis growing among British public, survey finds

Twice as many British adults now support the legalisation of cannabis than oppose it, according to a poll which reveals a “widening gulf” between public opinion and drug laws.

Forty-eight per cent of voters favour legalising recreational use of marijuana, up five points in the past year, with only 24 per cent objecting, found the YouGov survey.

Support for medicinal cannabis was even stronger, with 77 per cent of respondents saying it should be permitted. A similar proportion said they would consider using cannabis-based treatments if there was strong evidence it would benefit them.

Thu
11
Jul

Has cannabis reform landed in the UK?

The British have finally decided that cannabis reform is overdue. In London at least, 63% of the population believe that recreational reform is a good idea.  According to a poll by The Evening Standard, the rest of England too, is getting close to a majority when the idea of recreational reform is in the room.

Wed
10
Jul

GreenLight for medical cannabis in Europe

Discover how GreenLight Pharmaceuticals Ltd is aiming to advance clinical research, access and education regarding medical cannabis in Europe.

Established in 2014, GreenLight Pharmaceuticals Ltd is an Irish biopharmaceutical company focused on developing safe and effective plant-based medicines. GreenLight specialises in phytocannabinoid research and clinical development. The company is based in Dublin but has recently created a UK based subsidiary and has plans to expand its world of medical cannabis in Europe.

Wed
10
Jul

Is CBD oil the world's most addictive beauty drug?

How does one respond when your hairdresser gives you a syringe alongside your herbal tea? I hold it up to the light. 'You just pop it under your tongue, wait a few seconds, then swallow,’ the young woman explains, gesturing to the amber liquid within it. I obey. The herbal droplets fall into my mouth. They feel thick and slippery, like vegetable oil. And then I wait… and wait for a beauty miracle to happen.

Mon
08
Jul

Tilray speeds expansion in Europe

Tilray Inc. is expanding its European leadership team and setting up a hub in Portugal, deepening its planned international reach.

The company appointed five senior members to its European team, according to a statement Friday. Arne Wilkens, a former executive at the German pharmaceuticals company AiCuris, will take on the role of vice president of business expansion in Europe.

Fri
05
Jul

UK hemp industry: can this help emissions targets and revitalise the agriculture industry?

The UK hemp industry is on the rise, and leaders of the sector are exploring the potential of hemp and its benefits for agriculture, carbon reduction and other environmental industries.

Leaders of the UK hemp industry will convene for The Hemp Party at Greenhaus on 12 July to discuss the potential of hemp and its benefits for agriculture, carbon reduction and other environmental and economic industries in the UK and around the world.

Thu
04
Jul

‘Five years’ to decriminalization of cannabis in U.K., say Politicians

CANNABIS supporting British politicians believe that within five years it could be decriminalized in the U.K.

Speaking at Cannabis Europa, Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) Norman Lamb said the last time the House of Commons voted on the issue – in December last year – there were 52 votes in favor. He said: “It could happen, and it could happen really quickly. I don’t believe it will take much for the main Parties to shift their position.

Wed
03
Jul

Cannabidiol quality in the UK found lacking

The UK’s Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) has revealed some disturbing results in its report on cannabidiol products sold in the nation.

Cannabidiol (CBD) use is growing in the UK. According to the CMC report, between 8- 11% of UK adults have tried CBD. The CMC says the UK CBD market is larger than the nation’s total Vitamin D and Vitamin C market combined, and states the current ‘hype’ around cannabidiol is not a passing fad – it is likely to endure.

Tue
02
Jul

The cannabis system in the UK deserves a total rehaul

The UK is one of the biggest producers of cannabis, yet cannabis laws in this country haven’t essentially changed since the early ’70s when it was declared a Class B drug.

UK and cannabis have had a very intertwined history, from the days of the great East India Company to today’s smugglers who bring the goods from Spain, Netherlands, and Morocco all the way up to the British Isles.

Cannabis has been bought, traded and sold throughout British history simply due to the fact that the UK was present all over the globe at one point.

In the 19th century, cannabis was used as a drug after a physician who studied the plant brought a large quantity of cannabis with him on his return to Britain in 1842.

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