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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Why cannabis medicine should be available to people with autism

Dan Jose from the Cheese Board Social Cannabis Club has backed calls for cannabis medicine to be made available for people with autism. Autism charity Thinking Autism has said that cannabis medicine should be available for “autism-related conditions, such as anxiety, irritability and heightened stress response”. Despite the Government’s statement that “the new law will not limit the types of conditions that can be considered for treatment”, it has since been suggested in the media that it will be limited to treating epilepsy, chronic pain and chemo-induced nausea. Thinking Autism’s…

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‘There are no specialist doctors. They haven’t been trained.’

A mother from Bradford whose son could benefit from legal cannabis medicine does not believe the move to permit its prescription will become effective until specialist doctors have been given proper training. Emma Smith’s five-year-old son Oscar has myoclonic astatic epilepsy, also known as Doose syndrome. The family have tried many medications, and are desperate for him to be given cannabis-based Epidiolex, an almost pure CBD. She told the Telegraph & Argus: “We’ll have to wait and see but training needs to be what they’re pushing for. There are no…

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Royal College of Psychiatrists to review opposition to legalising cannabis

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is to review its opposition to the legalisation of cannabis in what could be a critical development as much of the research the government has used to keep cannabis illegal has been conducted by leading researchers from the College. Its members also hold key positions advising ministers on mental health, including Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, the chairman of the advisory council on the misuse of drugs and an expert on addiction. The College’s current position is based on its concerns about the drug’s impact on mental…

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Case of Eddie Braun Unpromising For Prescriptions by Specialist Doctors

The government has announced that specialist doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis-based medicines but it remains to be seen if the new system will be any better than the ‘expert panel’. The evidence suggests not – while it was the expert panel that rejected the application this month of Eddie Braun, a three-year old who suffers with severe epilepsy, his neurologist – ie a specialist – was partly to blame. Eddie suffered with up to 500 seizures a day until cannabis oil bought over the counter reduced this to…

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