United Kingdom

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Mon
22
Apr

Trickle of U.K. cannabis market listings set to become a flood

Just two cannabis companies are currently publicly quoted on the U.K. markets compared to more than 60 in Canada.

But, this looks set to change over the coming months and years as cannabis business gears up to the changing regulatory environment in the U.K. and Europe. Australia-born and London-based, Melissa Sturgess, spent over 20 years working with listed natural resource companies before succumbing to the ‘Green Rush’.

She says: “I saw what an incredible thing was happening, how medical cannabis was benefitting so many people and how business was gearing up to support the industry’s growth.”

Thu
18
Apr

UK CBD industry totally reliant on imports

While CBD storms the global health and well-being market, there lies a frustrating paradox at the heart of the UK industry, a complete dependence on imports.

In its own domestic UK market the one million – and rising daily – CBD users are solely reliant on imports. Rebekah Shaman, chair of the British Hemp Association, says the UK needs to ease these restrictions in short shrift.

Tue
16
Apr

New study says teens are less impacted by short-term side effects of cannabis, and that's a huge problem

Teens may have a higher natural tolerance for cannabis than adults, which might make them more at risk to develop problematic use patterns, according to a new study, writes Calvin Hughes.

Researchers from the University College of London (UCL) have found that teens aged 16 to 17 felt fewer of the negative effects of cannabis consumption than adults aged 24 to 28. Older cannabis consumers are likelier to be less alert and to experience side effects like anxiety and memory impairment after smoking marijuana than younger folks who used the drug.

Tue
16
Apr

What countries are supplying the UK with medical marijuana?

In the last 20 years, Britain has become the world’s largest legal producer and exporter of medical marijuana – yet remains one of the most anti-cannabis countries in the world. Confused? Well, there’s no time to waste! As British red tape around cannabis regulation begins to loosen, this could be the dawning of a lucrative new industry that savvy investors need to be aware of.

Fri
12
Apr

Inside The Canna Kitchen: The United Kingdom’s first CBD-infused restaurant

On November 1, 2018 the United Kingdom legalized medical marijuana treatments and hemp CBD products. This new market opens the door to a multitude of business opportunities and many people didn’t waste any time and immediately jumped on the green wave.

Two hours away from London and only a few blocks away from the sea, on a small and bustling street in the historic quarter of Brighton in South England, The Canna Kitchen, which opened in December 2018, is the first vegan and vegetarian cannabis-infused restaurant in the U.K.

Wed
10
Apr

U.K. Health Secretary slams physicians for failing to prescribe cannabis to sick children

Secretary of Health Matt Hancock is furious with U.K. physicians, whom he says are failing to prescribe cannabis to children with serious illnesses who could potentially benefit from the drug, pointing to the shortfall as an “immense frustration.”

Tue
09
Apr

Police in UK given greenlight to stop arresting cannabis users

Individual chief constables across the nation are now able to decide whether to arrest, caution, warn or simply let go those caught with the drug.

As reported by The Daily Mail, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) announced the new approach, hoping that by encouraging cannabis users to seek treatment instead of prosecuting them, it could help lower re-offending rates.

The NPCC’s spokesman on drugs, Cleveland assistant chief constable Jason Harwin, emphasised there is ‘strong evidence’ which suggests this approach will work.

He explained:

Tue
09
Apr

Will Brexit affect the UK’s legal cannabis industry?

As one of only a few sectors likely to emerge unscathed from the Brexit drama

With the risk of a no-deal Brexit looming, how will the country’s fast-blooming legal cannabis industry be affected?

According to the latest European Cannabis Report from industry analysts Prohibition Partners, even a no-deal Brexit will not risk the sustained growth of the legal cannabis industry in the UK, nor across Europe.

In fact, the legal cannabis industry looks likely to be one of the only sectors to thrive during the economic slowdown caused by Brexit fears.

Mon
08
Apr

More parents are being forced to smuggle medical marijuana into the UK

Medical marijuana is technically legal in the UK, but it's extremely difficult for patients to obtain legally, so the parents of many sick children have resorted to smuggling the drug, writes Calvin Hughes.

Mon
08
Apr

Fresh guidance to fill 'information vacuum' on new cannabis products for medicinal use

A clinical review, published today (Saturday 6 April 2019) for the BMJ, provides new interim advice for doctors and clinicians in prescribing cannabis-based products and cannabinoids to treat certain conditions.

Since a policy change in November 2018, specialist doctors registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), have been permitted to prescribe new medicines which derive from cannabis. Yet, research into these products has, to date, been limited creating an 'information vacuum' about these medicines, their benefits or harms.

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