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Jul

'Cannabis could help reduce tumour growth in cancer patients'

Cannabis could be used to reduce tumour growth in cancer patients, scientists have said.

New research reveals the drug’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabino (THC) — could be responsible for its success in shrinking tumours.

It is hoped the findings could help develop a synthetic equivalent with anti-cancer properties. But researchers warned that cancer sufferers should not be tempted to self-medicate.

Dr Peter McCormick, from the University of East Anglia’s school of pharmacy, said THC’s anti-cancer properties have been known for some time but the study had identified the receptors responsible for fighting tumours.

Mon
14
Jul

Scientists reveal how THC – found in cannabis – ‘could slow cancer tumour growth’

Scientists at a British university have made a major breakthrough in revealing how cannabis could be used as a treatment to prevent the growth of cancer.

Research carried out by a team from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has shed light on the still “poorly understood” theory that an ingredient in marijuana has anti-cancer properties.

Fri
27
Jun

British Celebrities Call For Drug Law Reform In UK | The Fix

Some of the biggest celebrities in Britain lent their signatures to a letter directed at the country’s prime minister, asking for the current government policy on illegal drugs to be reviewed.

Russell Brand, Sting, and Sir Richard Branson were among the 90 celebrities, politicians, lawyers, and health experts who signed the letter to PM David Cameron. It came as part of a global call to action to protest the war on drugs, with rallies held in over 100 cities worldwide yesterday including Paris, Mexico City, and Rome.

Fri
27
Jun

Kids Treated for Marijuana Addiction Reaches Record High in United Kingdom | The Fix

A record number of children are being treated for addiction to marijuana, according to statistics compiled by Public Health England.

Last year, a total of 13,581 youth under age 18 received medical treatment for drug addiction, citing marijuana as their main problem drug. The number marks a 50% increase over seven years, and includes 200 children age 12 or below.

Thu
26
Jun

UK: Cannabis protesters dare police to arrest them

Dozens of cannabis legalisation activists rallied in front of Parliament Thursday afternoon as part of an international day of action called "Support, Don't Punish" that aims to end the war on drugs.
Among the activists were members of the London based group Feed The Birds that hands out cannabis seeds and plants them across the city. The group hopes that through their actions, they will receive significant media coverage and the attention of tourists and Londoners alike.
Feed The Birds continued their seed distribution and planting along the River Thames after the conclusion of the protest.

Tue
24
Jun

UK Edging Closer To Legalisation Of Cannabis?

Cannabis use should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal act, leading doctors will hear.

Delegates at the British Medical Association's annual representative meeting in Harrogate are to debate whether cannabis should be legalised.

A motion has been tabled calling on the doctors' union to promote the legalisation of the drug.

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Cannabis use should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal act, leading doctors will hear

Geoffrey Lewis, a retired consultant from Leicester, will present the motion saying: "Too often the focus on drug use and addiction is from a criminal justice rather than a public health point of view.

Fri
20
Jun

UK Company Raising $148M to Advance CBD Drug

June 20, 2014
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British drug maker GW Pharmaceuticals plans to raise $148 million from U.S. investors to advance an epilepsy drug that uses cannabidiol (CBD).

Thu
19
Jun

Is this what would happen if cannabis was legal in Britain?

  • Peter Williams says he can make $1billion in three years growing the drug
  • Drug baron is trying to make his business into 'McDonald's of marijuana'
  • Since January 1, more than 200 dispensaries have been set up in Denver

By Tom Leonard

Published: 16:52 EST, 19 June 2014 | Updated: 03:13 EST, 20 June 2014

 

Peter Williams waves a hand regally over a sea of dazzling green that seems to stretch off into infinity. These are the marijuana plants — room after brightly lit room of them — that have suddenly made him a very rich man.

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16
Jun

Activists Are Planting Weed in Public All Over the UK | VICE | United Kingdom

Cannabis growing in Newport, South Wales (Photo via)

Mon
09
Jun

GW Pharma's cannabidiol Fast Track'd for NHIE

Cannabis extract treatment for severe childhood epilepsy to be fast-tracked in US

GW Pharmaceuticals' cannabis-extract treatment for severe childhood epilepsy is to be fast-tracked through the US drug approval system.

The Aim-listed company is currently testing its treatment, known as Epidiolex, on children with a rare but debilitating form of childhood epilepsy, known as Dravet Syndrome. Children with this condition do not respond to any existing epilepsy drugs.

US regulator the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) grants fast-track status to drugs thought to meet a previously unmet medical need. Drugs with this designation are given greater access to the regulator to help speed up the process of clinical testing, review and potential approval.

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