United Kingdom

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Fri
08
Nov

Thousands of UK patients will be given cannabis in groundbreaking study

The UK’s first large-scale cannabis study and biggest marijuana health investigation in European history has been announced, raising hopes that many of the country’s health professionals will finally be swayed on the efficacy of the drug for use in treating seven different health conditions.

Wed
06
Nov

D-Day looms for U.K. CBD as regulators prepare to strike

The clouds are gathering over the CBD bandwagon in U.K. amid concerns of a regulatory crackdown – and a widening industry rift.

Two senior CBD figures U.K. – one a leading lawyer and the second, the head of powerful membership group – have sounded the alarm. Both say the U.K Foods Standards Agency (FSA) is set to start enforcement action on CBD products and business as it pushes for adherence to the European Union’s Novel Food regulations.

But, a widening rift over Novel Foods, could see the CBD industry embroiled in a lengthy, multi-million pound court battle.

Tue
05
Nov

London calling: Mayor backs re-examining U.K. cannabis laws to reduce violent crime

The Mayor of London is calling for a review of U.K. cannabis prohibition, which he believes to be instrumental in the link between violent crime and drugs.

Although Sadiq Khan has previously opposed loosening the country’s drug laws, he said it is time for U.K. legislators to participate in an “evidence-based” discussion about prohibition, legalization and policing as the city struggles with knife-related assaults and stabbings.

Mon
04
Nov

U.K. High Street Banks shun the CBD industry

Cannabis Entrepreneurs have expressed their frustrations at erratic financial and regulatory systems that are failing businesses, customers and patients.

One of the main issues U.K. CBD businesses currently experience is with the poorly functioning banking system. While the situation there is not as drastic as the U.S., where some employ security companies to ferry cash to suppliers, it is still a running sore for many.

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:

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