Experts on everything you need to know about medical cannabis in the UK

Experts on everything you need to know about medical cannabis in the UK
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Key takeaways as industry professionals and patients discuss all aspects of legally prescribing and consuming medicinal cannabis in the UK.  Earlier this month, the UK Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society (UKMCCS) hosted an insightful panel event exploring many aspects of medical cannabis in the UK.  The event was well attended by professionals, patients, and other interested parties. Jeremy Stull was there and summarised the key takeaways for Cannabis Health.  Taking place at The Midland Hotel in Manchester, the panel led by Professor Mike Barnes, chair of the UKMCCS and consultant neurologist, featured Katya Kowalski, head of operations at Volteface, Ryan McCreanor, founder of Sativa Learning and Emdad Khan, a medical cannabis patient in the UK.  The event covered topics including the history of medical cannabis use, controversial issues within  the UK, the legality of prescribing medicinal cannabis, how cannabis affects the body, the evidence behind it, who can prescribe or be prescribed cannabis, the cost benefits to the patient, as well as a patient’s point of view.  History of cannabis Professor Barnes briefly spoke to the fact that cannabis has a long history of medicinal use dating back to China, over 5,000 years ago.  Shen Nung, the father of Chinese medicine, wrote about cannabis for medical purposes, making it the oldest known medicine to man.  Also important to note was the propaganda campaign led by Harry Anslinger, head of the Federal  Bureau of Narcotics (FBA) in 1930, while seeking to retain his budget after the US Prohibition. Anslinger  made false claims that caused public hysteria surrounding marijuana (cannabis), pushing a view that Mexicans who consumed the substance were violent and needed to be controlled.  The lasting effects of this campaign are still being felt today and remain prevalent amongst medical professionals, as well as the general public.  Ryan McCreanor, Sativa Learning…

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