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Cannabis may up higher risk of developing poor mental health

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Those with a recorded history of cannabis use in general practice records are at a much higher risk of developing mental ill-health problems such as anxiety or depression as well as severe mental illnesses, new research shows.

The findings indicated that following the first recorded use of cannabis, patients were three times more likely to develop common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.


Cannabis could be used to make cushions after research by Scots scientists


Farmers could soon be growing cannabis to make ­eco-friendly foam cushions thanks to research done by ­scientists in Scotland.

Researchers at ­Scotland’s Rural College have found hemp – a plant best known for its ­hallucinogenic variety – can be used to make greener versions of ­environmentally damaging petrochemical products such as insulation, foam cushions and packaging.


The UK MS Society Launches #ApprovedButDenied Cannabis Campaign

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The MS Society is taking a stand on the lack of access to medical cannabis in the UK.

A report released by the MS Society states that not nearly enough medical cannabis patients have been able to obtain medical cannabis through the National Health Service (NHS), despite research and firsthand accounts of its effectiveness as a medicine for MS patients.


Cannabis farm worth ÂŁ1m found in Bury town centre

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Cannabis plants with a street value of ÂŁ1m have been found at a flooded property in Bury town centre.

About 1,000 plants have been destroyed after they were discovered on Silver Street, Greater Manchester Police said.

Police searches uncovered five rooms and a loft being used for growing the plants.

Officers believe people had also been living in the property after finding two beds in there. There have been no arrests so far.


Psychedelic Toad Venom Clinical Research Boosted by $80M in Funding

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The money will boost Beckley Psytech’s research on 5-MeO-DMT and psilocybin for the treatment of depression. (Image: Shutterstock)

Oxford-based startup Beckley Psytech in the United Kingdom announced August 15 that it raised $80 million to ramp up clinical trials and research using a pharmaceutical formulation of ​​5-MeO-DMT (5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine), a powerful compound produced endogenously by Sonoran Desert toad venom, to treat depression. 

The Series B financing was initially set at $50 million—but was upgraded to $80 million due to “overwhelming interest” from investors to support accelerating the clinical development of its psychedelic medicine research pipeline.


UK Researcher Says Hemp Captures More CO2 Than Forests

According to Cambridge University researcher Darshil Shah, hemp can be twice as effective as trees at sequestering atmospheric carbon. Here’s how.

Hemp Blockchain, Inc, a Utah-based agricultural tech company, has come up with a novel solution to measure and record information on carbon emissions and atmospheric carbon sequestration for hemp farms: blockchain.

The product, part of what the company is calling a “Carbon Protocol Initiative” may set a new standard for establishing the net carbon footprint of hemp companies, one of the company’s goals.


U.K. man ran illicit dispensary importing and selling Canadian weed

A Welsh man’s business selling illegally imported Canadian cannabis to patrons across the U.K. was busted after the smell of success proved too strong.

Bradley Furness, 26, is facing a suspended sentence after running what the prosecution referred to as a “pot distribution centre” from his home in Aberystwyth, Wales.

Suspicions were piqued in June 2017 when a worker at a postal centre noticed a distinctive odour wafting from a mail bag containing 52 similarly labeled padded envelopes, Wales Online reports. Inspectors opened the packages, which were each revealed to contain sealed packages of weed, alongside a polite “thank you” note.


Separate shipments lead to the same result: Irish authorities intercept weed from U.S., Canada, Spain and the U.K.

Irish Revenue officials have once again intercepted packages containing cannabis from the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Spain thanks to the Baileys, two drug-detecting dogs whose sole mission is to sniff out contraband.

In all, packages received at both the Dublin and Athlone mail centres contained 141,000 euros (just shy of $213,000) in illicit weed.


British think tank declares Canada's cannabis legalization a 'modest success' — but has suggestions for improvement

Canada’s federal legalization of cannabis is a success – at least, according to a British think tank.

Prominent UK drug policy think tank Transform, which has been observing Canadian cannabis reform efforts with great interest since the country legalized the drug for adult use in October 2018. The organization has now compiled a comprehensive report on Canadian legalization.

“Legal regulation in Canada is still a relatively new project, but an extremely important one,” reads the report’s executive summary. “With the eyes of the world watching, the legal market has seen modest successes and is providing a valuable case study for regulators seeking to reduce the harm caused by drugs and drug markets.”


UK increases access to cannabis-based medicines as import restrictions are changed

Import restrictions have been changed to help ensure people with prescriptions for cannabis-based products for medicinal use do not have their treatment delayed or interrupted.

The changes will help patients with conditions such as rare, serious forms of epilepsy or multiple sclerosis.

Most cannabis-based medicines are imported from foreign countries. Export restrictions mean it can take weeks or months for the drugs to reach the patients in the UK. For example, in Canada, an export certificate can take 4 to 8 weeks.


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