An Antidote For Spice Overdoses

Use of synthetic cannabinoids (aka ‘Spice’), as reported extensively in the mainstream media, has recently become a major problem among the homeless community and in prisons. Spice is cheap, hard to detect, has hugely variable levels of potency and comes with some severe adverse effects. Huge stress is being put on the prison and health … Continued

Why These People Stopped Drinking and Starting Consuming Cannabis

Last week was ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ in the UK, and while mental health awareness is for many an all-year-round concern, the initiative has succeeded in sparking interest and debate on a subject of vital importance. As part of the festivities, The Guardian shared an interesting article wherein Matthew Todd suggests that ‘there’s still an elephant in the therapist’s waiting room: alcohol.’ The … Continued

Change, Grow, Live

CGL (Change, Grow, Live) are the first drug and alcohol treatment provider to recognise that “Safer Consumption Rooms deliver an evidence-based approach to providing health services to some of the hardest-to-reach heroin users”. Safer consumption rooms, also named as ‘drug consumption rooms’, are facilities where illicit drugs can be consumed under the supervision of trained … Continued

Cannabis Complexities

“Any questions?” I ask, as I conclude a one hour drug awareness session to a packed sixth form common room. The projector next to me is beaming a POV shot of a roller coaster onto the wall with the Bill Hick’s quote “Life is just a ride” in bold underneath it. I take a swig … Continued

Zinc: Innovation for Unmet Mental Health Needs

A new innovation system that looks to tackle chronic social problems in the developed world has been launched by Paul Kirby, Saul Klein and Ella Goldner. Their new venture, Zinc, builds tech businesses through the process of a six month programme, focused around a single mission. Their first mission is focused on mental health. At … Continued

Ketamine Could Help Fight Treatment-Resistant Depression

Each year, more people are seeking professional help for their mental health issues. With the NHS struggling to meet the increasing demand for mental health services and with waiting lists for psychological help as long as 1-2 years, GPs are prescribing ever more antidepressant medication. As a result, the number of people taking these pills … Continued