United Kingdom

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Thu
21
Mar

Cannabis UK: When will medicinal cannabis be available? Why has it been delayed?

It was revealed doctors in the UK would be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicine.

The drug is banned in the UK, but it was announced the rules would be relaxed about cannabis products due to a number of health benefits.

But the excitement was short lived as virtually no patients seeking medicinal cannabis on the NHS have been able to access it.

And now the access to medical cannabis is could be delayed further.

England’s Chief Medicinal Officer Dame Sally Davies called for robust scientific trials to check the safety of the medicine in Parliament on Monday.

Thu
14
Mar

Medicinal cannabis for MS in the UK – a long way from reality

Despite the change in law, the government has failed on its promise to deliver access to potentially life-changing medicinal cannabis – The MS Society is demanding better.

For the past 15 years Paul has been in a continuous loop of trial and error, in search of an effective treatment for the constant pain and muscle spasms he lives with. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the mid-2000s, Paul’s condition has deteriorated rapidly in the last three years. So far, no treatment or therapy has worked to ease his symptoms.

Paul, who is 48, has repeatedly asked for Sativex, a cannabis-based drug licensed for spasticity in MS. But because it’s not routinely offered on the NHS in England, Paul’s neurologist has not been able to prescribe it.

Mon
11
Mar

CBD Ban: Brits take up fight and send lawyers to Brussels

Cannabis lawyers are heading to Brussels next week to challenge a recent decision by the European Union to reclassify food products containing cannabidiol (CBD) and prohibit their sale.

While the rest of the western world moves towards acceptance of cannabis products either medically or recreationally, the European Union pushed back in February, updating a classification of CBD under the Novel Food Regulation.

The law ((EU) 2015/2283), which applies across all member states, means any product deemed as ‘novel’ must gain authorization from food authorities before it can be sold as a foodstuff within the EU.  Food can be considered ‘novel’ if it was not consumed by humans to any significant degree prior to May 1997.

Mon
11
Mar

Pioneering new medical cannabis clinic opens in UK

UK’s first specialist medical cannabis clinic opened in Manchester – could this be the vital step forward to tackle chronic and debilitating conditions?

9 March 2019, open to patients at The Beeches Consulting Centre in Manchester, UK, patients and clinicians have welcomed the first specialist medical cannabis clinic. Led by Dr David McDowell, an independent pain specialist and consultant neurologist Professor Mike Barnes will serve as Clinical Director.

The opening follows the Home Office’s decision to reschedule medical cannabis in November 2018, and is the first of a planned network of specialist clinics being opened by European Cannabis Holdings (ECH) around the UK.

Thu
21
Feb

Medical marijuana is legal in the UK, but getting it is about as hard as ever

On November 1st 2018, the United Kingdom legalized cannabis for medical use. Unfortunately, despite years of waiting, the country wasn't ready for it, writes Brandon Hicks.

"It's a huge step forward, to say 'we're going to allow people to get the medicine they need,'" cannabis entrepreneur Cosmo Feilding told Civilized. "But, without a regulatory framework in place, there is still much that needs to be done before a patient can actually gain access."

Wed
20
Feb

Tough cannabis policy has no effect on youth consumption rates: study

A new study has discovered that tough policies around drug use do not successfully deter youth from using cannabis, and that more liberal policies do not lead to an increase in rates of use.

Researchers at the University of Kent re-analysed information from over 100,000 teens in 38 countries such as Canada, the US, the UK, Russian and France.

Sun
17
Feb

Medical marijuana may be an effective treatment for these lesser-known symptoms of alzheimer's

A cannabis-derived drug will be tested in the UK as a treatment for two lesser-known symptoms of Alzheimer's disease: aggressive behavior and agitation, writes Calvin Hughes.

Alzheimer's disease is best known for the way it erodes a person's memory. However, roughly half of the 850,000 Alzheimer patients in the UK also experience emotional and behavioral symptoms, such as feelings of agitation and aggression. But medical marijuana could help, according to Dag Aarsland - a psychiatry professor at King's College London and lead author of a study that will test alternatives to traditional medications used to treat these symptoms.

Sun
17
Feb

Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients?

Medicinal cannabis was legalised last year but so far, virtually no-one in the UK has been able to access it.

Now, enough cannabis to treat 30 patients for a month has arrived in the UK from the Netherlands.

Four patients with prescriptions, all to treat chronic pain, will receive cannabis-derived medicines immediately.

Specialist doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis since 1 November - so what has taken so long?

Fri
15
Feb

The U.K. just got its first bulk medical cannabis shipment

The first bulk batch of medical cannabis imported into the U.K. since it was legalized for prescription last year has arrived from the Netherlands.

Tue
12
Feb

Aurora Cannabis (ACB) completes first commercial export of cannabis oil to the UK

Aurora Cannabis (ACB) announced that it has completed its first commercial export of cannabis oil to the United Kingdom (UK) and the product has been successfully dispensed from a pharmacy. Authorities there recently granted the Company approval for its first shipment of medical cannabis into the UK from Canada under its new legal framework that came into effect on November 1, 2018.

Under the new UK framework, specialist doctors can legally issue prescriptions for cannabis-based medicines when they agree that their patients could benefit from this treatment.

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