Save 60% Off all remaining inventory with Promo Code: ICE

Former UK Chief Drug Advisor Wants Medical Cannabis For The Masses

May 13, 2019

Cannabis and Hemp have been under prohibition across most of the world since the 1930s. But with legalization afoot in the US and some countries in Europe, some experts want it to be “embraced like Penicillin.”

As cannabis legalization sweeps across North America – with Canada being the latest country to permit cannabis for medical and recreational use – some countries in Europe apparently didn’t get the memo. The UK government, for example, has always been very conservative when it comes to the cannabis legalization issue, no matter who’s in power.

Other countries in Europe like Holland and Portugal are far more liberal when it comes to these matters, and that’s why the former UK’s chief drug advisor to the government – Professor David Nutt – wants the UK to follow suit. Nutt, a Neuropsychopharmacologist and highly intelligent and successful man, found himself in hot water some years ago after he openly criticized the government’s drug policies, urging them to “embrace cannabis like penicillin.” The Home Secretary at the time, Alan Johnson, fired him in 2009 for his stance on prohibited drugs.

According to Nutt, doctors at the time embraced Penicillin even before proper clinical trials were carried out on the controversial new drug. They did so as there was an urgent clinical need for it at the time, just like there is for cannabis in this day and age, according to Nutt.

According to a BMJ report, Nutt said the medical community is still overly suspicious about cannabis but that it mainly comes from ignorance. The first port of call for Professor Nutt is that the UK needs to open up research into medical cannabis, and specifically into CBD – the compound in cannabis that can be used to treat children with epilepsy. He also feels that doctors should embrace medical cannabis treatments, much like thousands of health professionals in the US have done.

medical cannabis uk

Neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt wants cannabis to be ’embraced like penicillin’

In Nutt’s words: “About 70 years ago another natural medicine came into the medical arena,” he said about penicillin. “This was welcomed enthusiastically by UK doctors even though there had been no placebo-controlled trials of its efficacy because it was seen to fulfill a major clinical need,” he added.

What Nutt is saying seems logical and straightforward, as it’s known that cannabis and CBD can help with a range of issues in a safe and non-harmful way. Many people use CBD for anxiety, to manage pain, to encourage relaxation and to help with a good night’s sleep. However, many decades of prohibition have most certainly taken their toll, and the dogma surrounding cannabis is still very predominant in countries like the UK.

For the time being, there is little medical cannabis provision in the UK on a healthcare level. For now, anyone needing cannabis needs to buy it from the black market, and that means that the government there is foolishly missing out on what could be millions or even tens of millions of tax dollars. Even though new regulations were introduced in November 2018 enabling specialists to prescribe cannabis-based products for medical use, many have said this is not enough.

States in the US who legalized cannabis and put a tax on it have seen some significant revenue from it, and some boroughs even have a surplus of cash to spend. For whatever reasons though, the UK seems to be stuck in a quagmire of anti-cannabis sentiment, and that’s affecting many people in some very real ways.

Whether legal, decriminalized or none of the above, cannabis is used by hundreds of thousands of people across the world who prefer to take a non-toxic, non-addictive and highly safe natural herb that’s usually grown organically. It remains to be seen what way the cannabis policy will go in the UK, but if any expert who advises the government to legalize gets fired on the spot, it doesn’t bode well for the future of patients who wants access to this wonderful herb.

For more information on global cannabis regulations, make sure to subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter, the top source for all things cannabis-related.

The post Former UK Chief Drug Advisor Wants Medical Cannabis For The Masses appeared first on Cannadelics.





Also in Education

Owning Guns is a Constitutional Right, Unless You’re a Cannabis User

September 28, 2022

Take two of the most hot-button, tendentious issues of our time – cannabis use and gun rights – combine them, and now we really have a debate. As the law currently stands, medical cannabis patients are not afforded their 2nd amendment right to bear arms. Technically, all cannabis consumers are banned from buying guns, but only medical […]

The post Owning Guns is a Constitutional Right, Unless You’re a Cannabis User appeared first on Cannadelics.

Continue Reading

Cannabis policy changes in Africa are welcome. But small producers are the losers

September 28, 2022

TESTSTSARDSAR

Cannabis policy changes in Africa are welcome. But small producers are the losers by Clemence Rusenga

Cannabis is a drug crop with a long history in Africa. Alongside coca and opium poppy, it has been subjected to international control for nearly a century. The International Opium Convention of 1925 institutionalised the international control system and extended the scope of control to cannabis. In 1961 a new international convention was adopted to […]

A link to your site, with your site's name and description as anchor text.

Continue Reading

University of Sydney to Offer Free Cannabis Testing

September 27, 2022

TESTSTSARDSAR

University of Sydney to Offer Free Cannabis Testing by Johnny Green

The University of Sydney is launching a fairly robust study in an attempt to, as the university describes it, “investigate cannabis consumption, behaviours, and attitudes among users.” Part of the study involves offering free, anonymous cannabis testing for people that cultivate their own cannabis in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Cannabis was decriminalized in 2020 in the […]

A link to your site, with your site's name and description as anchor text.

Continue Reading

Inventory Clearance Sale

Save 60% Off all remaining inventory with Promo Code: ICE