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Mon
04
Nov

Medical cannabis in the UK: Why are doctors still not prescribing it?

Like most teenagers, Lucy Stafford has plans. Normal plans. The plans anyone makes as they progress into adulthood. She wants to complete her degree, spend time with friends and family, and explore her independence.

But, unlike most teenagers, the 19-year-old from Cambridge has a rare and debilitating medical condition – Ehlers Danlos syndrome – that affects her connective tissue, causing her limbs to dislocate and muscles to spasm. When the Observer interviewed her last week she had dislocated her shoulder that morning, a common occurrence.

And yet she was disarmingly, joyously upbeat.

Mon
04
Nov

Medical cannabis trial will target 20,000 UK patients

Up to 20,000 patients in the UK are to be given medical cannabis over a two-year period in an initiative that aims to create the largest body of evidence on the drug in Europe.

The move, to be unveiled on Thursday, is backed by one of the UK’s leading medical bodies and it is hoped it will persuade the NHS to prescribe the drug for a range of conditions.

Although medical cannabis was legalised in the UK a year ago, it remains unobtainable for many patients, according to campaigners.

Thu
31
Oct

Binge drinkers could be protected from liver problems by cannabis

For many people, drinking and drug use go together. And contrary to popular belief, that might be a good thing.

Researchers at the National Institute of Scientific Research at Canada’s University of Quebec have produced some interesting figures on the number of cannabis users who are affected by alcohol-related diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.

Heavy drinkers who never touched cannabis had a 90% chance of developing liver problems later in life.

But heavy drinkers who were also moderate cannabis smokers, the study found, only had about an 8% chance.

Even more dramatically, for heavy drinkers who were also big-time pot smokers the likelihood of liver trouble went down to about 1.4%.

Thu
31
Oct

One year on and U.K. medical cannabis regime is failing

One year on from the introduction of medical cannabis in the U.K., the overwhelming consensus is that it has been a massive failure in need of a complete overhaul.

As things stand there is little chance of this coming from within the U.K. medical establishment so the change will need to come from elsewhere. Steve Moore, Founder and Director of the Centre For Medicinal Cannabis, described the situation as following:

Mon
28
Oct

British public warm to cannabis and legalization

British public attitudes to cannabis have shifted significantly in the last  20 years, a new survey reveals – as increasing number of U.K politicians back decriminalization.

Back in 1989, 60% of the British public believed using drugs’ like cannabis was morally wrong and that has now fallen to only 29%, according to new research from from Kings College London and Ipsos MORI, as reported by SkyNews.

Fri
25
Oct

Gibraltar takes another step on the medical cannabis path

The government of Gibraltar has legalised the wider use of medical cannabis products; but only for use in a limited range of circumstances and conditions.

Gibraltar is tiny a British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. Occupying an area of just 6.7 km2, it is home to a population of around 34,500.

Changes to the Territory’s laws announced this week enable cannabis products specifically approved by the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) to be supplied for the treatment/management of either:

Thu
24
Oct

Bulk cannabis imports to U.K. given the go-ahead

Canopy Growth’s U.K. subsidiary Spectrum Therapeutics has become the first in the country to secure a bulk import licence for cannabis medicine.

The Financial Times reports that Spectrum has secured permission from the Home Office to import cannabis from Canopy’s operations in Germany and Denmark. While there are many pressing issues with the U.K. medical cannabis regime an added frustration for the few patients prescribed medicine has been the delay in securing it.

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.

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