High doses of CBD inhibits methamphetamine consumption in rodents, says study

A new study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology provides evidence that high doses of cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) can inhibit the motivation to consume methamphetamine in rats. The preliminary findings back up those who say cannabis is the answer to the opioid crisis, such as Dr Frank D’Ambrosio, who told the World Health Organisation earlier this week that he has been amazed by the results since he stopped prescribing opioids to more than 10,000 patients in LA five years ago and began prescribing cannabis instead. “One focus of my laboratory…

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US doctor tells UK Home Office to back right to grow or be left behind

A doctor from California who has found success tackling the US’s opioid crisis with cannabis has told Parliament that Britain is being left behind by its refusal to legalise cannabis. Dr Frank D’Ambrosio met patients and MPs in Westminster on Wednesday before delivering a letter to the Home Office outlining why it should change course from allowing Big Pharma to monopolise the cannabis market. Dr D’Ambrosio told Metro.co.uk: ‘The UK has fallen short when it comes to cannabis. ‘Disinformation from Big Pharma and doctor ignorance is leaving patients vulnerable to…

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Pr Mike Barnes leads two organisations launched to educate doctors on cannabis

Two organisations have been set up in Britain to educate doctors about cannabis medicine, with Professor Mike Barnes playing a leading role in both – the Academy of Medical Cannabis (AMC) and the UK Medicinal Cannabis Clinicians’ Society (UKMCCS). Barnes has been a been a virtual lone voice of authority and pro-reform among neurologists in the British media, consistently refuting claims from the likes of the Royal College of Physicians that there is not enough evidence to prescribe cannabis medicine widely. Barnes has ensured seven-year Alfie Dingley, who has epilepsy,…

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UKCSC chairman Greg de Hoedt invited to speak at German Hemp Association conference this weekend

UK Cannabis Social Clubs chairman Greg de Hoedt has been invited to speak at the annual conference of Hanfverband, the German Hemp Association, on Friday and Saturday. Greg will speak on the Cannabis Social Club panel with Michel Degens (Belgium), Ana Afuera (Spain), Christian Müller Sienra (Uruguay), and Emanuel Milazzo (Italy). Greg said: “I’m really keen to learn more about the German movement for safer access through clubs and collectives that are campaigning for the right to grow and the medical cannabis situation out there for patients who can access…

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Brave activists lead fight for reform in Malaysia after death sentence

Calls for Malaysia to become the first country in Asia to legalise medical cannabis are growing after outrage was sparked when a young man selling cannabis oil to the ill was given a death sentence. Thankfully the Malaysian government has since announced that the death penalty is shortly to be abolished, but 29-year-old Muhammad Lukman, sentenced at the end of August, still faces decades or even life in prison – a death sentence in its own right. Lukman’s lawyers presented him as a kind-hearted and pious Muslim who would give…

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