Cannabis Reform in Spain

  The first public event for the European Cannabis Advocacy Network will take place on the 17th of December, which will be focusing on cannabis reform in Ireland and Spain. Each month we will be inviting advocates from two European countries to discuss the current state of cannabis reform in their country, and shine a … Continued

Opinion: Stop Calling it Recreational Use

  Oftentimes we are keen to distinguish between medical and recreational cannabis use. But does this distinction do more harm than good for advancing recreational reform? Many assume that this distinction is an important one, but is it? By no means should the medicinal properties that cannabis possesses for treating a range of health conditions … Continued

Lockdown 2.0: What Does This Mean For Drug Use?

  Covid-19 and mental health problems are two pandemics that have simultaneously collided.  The inextricable link between addiction and mental illness has been exacerbated by this pandemic. Spring lockdown saw a surge in drug consumption. In the midst of a second national lockdown, it is important to consider what implications this has on vulnerable populations … Continued

Why are doctors not prescribing medical cannabis?

  Medical cannabis, namely cannabis-based products for medicinal use in humans (CBPMs), has been moved from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 under the Misuse of Drugs Regulation 20011 in November 2018 following a very effective publicity campaign about two children with severe epilepsy. Even though this quick and radical policy change has given hopes to … Continued

Time for Change: Drug Related Death Stats 2019

  The highest number of drug-related deaths have been recorded in 2019, since records began in 1993, according to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) data.  ONS data revealed that there have been 4,393 drug related deaths in England and Wales. A 50% increase since 2010, accounting for 1% of all registered deaths in … Continued

Dutch Developments: Coffeeshop Owner and Cannabis Cultivator sees Potential in Dutch ‘Weed Experiment’

  With the ‘controlled cannabis supply chain experiment’ the Netherlands seems to be moving slightly towards legalisation. The experiment, starting in 2021, has been a widely discussed topic in the Dutch cannabis world. Joachim Helms, cannabis-entrepreneur and co-owner of coffeeshop Green House in Amsterdam has high hopes for the experiment. “I feel like the experiment … Continued

SSDP Takeover: Covid’s Impact on Student Drug Use

  With changes to venues, demand and support looming on the horizon, Eleri Crossland predicts a significant shift in the way UK students interact with illegal drugs Student life is set to look very different for those returning to university this autumn. Daunted by ongoing lockdown measures on campus and within the UK as a whole, students … Continued