United Kingdom

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UK
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Tue
30
Jun

Marijuana use increased during COVID-19 lockdown, survey shows

The coronavirus pandemic led to a decrease in the use of party drugs like MDMA and cocaine, but also to an increase in pot use, according to Global Drug Survey.

Forty thousand people from 12 countries participated in the online survey that looked at changes in alcohol and drug-related habits during the global health crisis. The 12 countries included in the study were Germany, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Brazil, and Switzerland. 

Based on the data, nearly a fifth of people reported that they used less cocaine during lockdown, while 29% said they used less MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy or molly. 

Thu
25
Jun

Free medical cannabis education platform launched in the UK

A free medical cannabis education platform has been launched by Sapphire Medical Clinics in response to a recommendation by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Thu
28
May

Medical Cannabis Trial in the UK Becomes First to Recruit Baby

A baby boy, born in a Norwich hospital in March, has become the first baby to take part in a medical cannabis trial. The trial will assess whether cannabis-derived medications could reduce the risk of brain injury following seizures. 

Researchers involved in the trial have stated that, if positive outcomes are recorded, this could be the first step to medical cannabis medications being used routinely in neonatal care for babies at risk of seizures and brain injury. The study will assess the safety and effectiveness of medical cannabis in treating neonatal Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE).

Thu
14
May

UK: Medical cannabis advocates join forces to improve patient access

Today marks the launch of PLEA: Patient Led Engagement for Access – a new medical cannabis patient advocacy service in the UK.

Thu
30
Apr

United Kingdom: Medical cannabis access eased amid lockdown

Patients have begun receiving medical cannabis through the post, as the coronavirus pandemic has left them unable to access the drug any other way.

Many medical cannabis users suffer from chronic pain and some have had other types of care, including non-emergency surgeries, postponed because of the outbreak.

Dr Alan Fayaz, a consultant in chronic pain medicine at University College London Hospital, says his patients had been left "very vulnerable".

"They can't get physical interventions and their access to a support community has been inhibited," as venues have closed and staff been redeployed, he says.

Wed
22
Apr

Scotland set to get its first legal cannabis farm

Scotland is set to get it’s first legal cannabisfarm, it can be revealed today.

A large greenhouse will be built where the drug will be grown for use in medicines.

Local agricultural entrepreneurs William and Neil Ewart have been given planning permission for the pioneering facility in Langholm, Scotland.

Tue
14
Apr

Free weed has become a thing during COVID-19

The spirit of generosity is alive and well, despite our ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19. While we witness encouraging acts of kindness across all walks of life, the cannabis sector has been no stranger to decency and goodwill during this trying time.

Several individuals, companies and — indeed — entire regions, have ensured that cannabis is available for those who need it — or, in some cases, those who just really, really want it.

Wed
08
Apr

Rats Develop ‘Cannabis-Seeking’ Behaviour in New Study

The question of the long-term effects of cannabis – including potential addiction – has become more important than ever as various jurisdictions move forward with the legalisation of medical and recreational cannabis. Although solid evidence remains scarce, a new study assessing cannabis-seeking behaviour in rats may offer some insight.

Thu
26
Mar

Drug Science partnership to improve patient access to medical cannabis in the UK

Drug Science Medical Cannabis Working Group has formed a partnership with a leading British producer of medical cannabis to help improve patients access to the medicine in the UK.

The first British producer of cannabis oils and isolates, Avida Global, is to join Drug Science Medical Cannabis Working Group (MCWG) to help accelerate access of medical cannabis to patients.

Fri
20
Mar

UK: Landmark move opens patient access to online cannabis consultations

Patients in the UK are one step closer to comprehensive medical cannabis access thanks to new online video consultations.

Sapphire Medical Clinics has become the first clinic of its kind to be approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to hold online medical cannabis video consultations with patients where clinically appropriate.

In a response to the demands of patients facing long and stressful travel times to clinics, the breakthrough opens up access to thousands of new patients who may not have medical cannabis clinics or specialists in their locality.

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