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    • Smokebelch
      @ratdog Yeah I watched that video a while back and it was obvious to me that dude is trying to get you to buy two bottles as it’s more profit for them. Fishmix all the way is fine.
    • bongme
      hi   Five Year Wait For U.K. Cannabis Prescriptions?     PATIENTS may be forced to wait five more years to routinely secure cannabis medication through the U.K.’s health service.
      This damming assessment by Prof Mike Barnes, one of the country’s leading medical cannabis experts, follows the publication of a long-awaited report. Since the introduction of legislation to allow for medical cannabis last November less than a handful of patients have been able to secure cannabis prescriptions through the National Health Service (NHS). Last November the Government also asked its expert panel – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – to evaluate the clinical use and cost-effectiveness Cannabis Based Medicinal Products (CBMP).     Cannabis Chances on the NHS – ‘Basically Zero’
      Its interim findings, published earlier this month, cannot ‘recommend CBMPs for routine use’ – and called for fast-tracked clinical trials to establish an evidence base. Speaking to CBD Testers Prof Barnes, a neurologist who was been working in the cannabis arena for over almost two decades, says the guidance means the chance of securing an NHS prescription has shrunk from minuscule to ‘basically zero’. “This a backward step from NICE. It will stop NHS prescriptions for the foreseeable future, because no-one is going to go against the NICE guidelines, although they are not mandatory. We need more research, but we shouldn’t be hung up on Randomized Control Trials as they won’t work for cannabis medicines.  “It’s not one product, it’s a whole family of medicines and the nature, and personalization of cannabis, does not lend itself to placebo-controlled trials. We should not wait to start prescribing until we have those results. We should start prescribing as we go along. “We can produce good evidence and we should be considering retrospective studies from Canada, Australia and elsewhere; that should not take long, but it depends on whether our medical bodies would take any notice of them.   British Doctors’ Arrogance
      “There is a certain arrogance amongst British doctors and the British medical hierarchy that only British evidence counts and they can dismiss evidence  from other jurisdictions, which is sad. These jurisdictions are way ahead of us in terms of experience in prescribing, and the potential side-effects. We need to take into account the findings from elsewhere as evidence.     To carry out the research in two to three years would would be an effort. Our clinicians have been brainwashed into thinking the only evidence that matters is Randomised Control Trials and they will take a lot longer than two to three years, these could take up to five years.” Prof Barnes believes things could change quickly if there is a change of Government, saying: “The Government cannot tell the doctors to prescribe, but they could make the system for prescribing easier.” But he went on to say the main issue, now, is to ‘change the hearts and minds of U.K doctors’.  Prof Barnes is heavily involved in this having helped establish the Academy of Medical Cannabis and The Medicinal Cannabis Clinicians’ Society.   ‘Negative’ Prescribing Guidelines
      He continued: “The main issue is the doctors and the doctors bodies, such as the Royal College of Physicians, the British Paediatric Neurology Association and NICE all of which have produced fairly negative guidelines. Other jurisdictions Australia, for example, have produced fairly sensible guidelines on epilepsy, for example, and this system is working well, but we are ignoring the evidence and guidelines from other countries.” The draft NICE guidance, which is open for further consultation until early September, considers the use of CBMPs for people with intractable nausea and vomiting as a result of chemotherapy, chronic pain, spasticity, and severe treatment-resistant epilepsy. On epilepsy it says ‘there was a lack of clear evidence that these treatments provide any benefits’. It recommends nabilone – synthetic THC – as an option for adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, but does not recommend Sativex for treating spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis, saying ‘it’s not cost-effective at its current list price’.   Findings Are ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’
      Both Prof Barnes and Hannah Deacon, whose son Alfie Dingley is one of only possibly only two patients to receive a CBMP through the NHS, had requested to sit on the NICE panel. Ms Deacon was told that she could, but only if she sacrificed any media opportunities to talk about cannabis.  Prof Barnes said the panel was ‘stacked with people against cannabis’, saying the result was a ‘forgone conclusion’. When asked for her thoughts on NICE’s findings Ms Deacon told Hemp And CBD Magazine: “I think this it is absolutely ridiculous! Are we saying that every country in the world with medical cannabis legislation is wrong? Are we that arrogant? “I think we are pharmaceuticalising cannabis, and that is wrong. It does not lend itself to a Randomised Controlled Trial process, because of the nature of the plant.”   Boom Time for Black Market
      Prof Barnes reflected ruefully on the journey following the U.K. Government’s swift change of heart, after medical cannabis which came storming into the mainstream media, last summer, through cases like those of Alfie Dingley. “I really did not expect to find us in the position we are in now. I thought back in November we had cracked it. We had changed the law and it would just be a matter of slowly and surely, as doctors gained more confidence, but it looks like its going to take a lot longer than anticipated. “It’s really sad, the black market will be thriving as we have got so much publicity about the benefits of cannabis and what it can do, more people will want to try it and as they can’t get it off the NHS or privately, because it’s too expensive for most, then they will get it from the illicit market. I think the criminals are rubbing their hands in joy at the publicity they are getting for their product. It’s crazy.” Paul Chrisp, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, said it recognised that some people will be ‘disappointed’ with its findings, saying there was lack of ‘robust evidence base for these mostly unlicensed products’.   https://cbdtesters.co/2019/08/20/five-year-wait-for-u-k-cannabis-prescriptions/   Bongme   
    • bongme
      hi   Desperate mum sourced illegal cannabis oil for her dying son   Matthew Bates' mum has just published a book full of heartbreaking letters penned to her son after his death   A Warwickshire mum has revealed how she sourced illegal cannabis oil in a desperate bid to save her son who was battling cancer. Matthew Bates died at the age of 27 of a rare form of kidney cancer just a day after marrying his girlfriend of nine years in his hospital bed. His mum Louise, from Leamington, revealed the desperate measures she had taken to try to keep the huge Coventry City fan alive as she released a book full of heartbreaking letters she has penned to him since his death. Letters To Matthew: Life After Loss has been released on what would have been the year of his 30th birthday. Matthew, who was also a talented journalist and a musician, underwent a trial for a new drug at Europe's largest cancer centre in Manchester before Louise started looking into cannabis oil, which other sufferers have claimed can cure the deadly disease.   Shock diagnosis
      Matthew was diagnosed in 2014 with Type 2 Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma, an extremely rare and aggressive tumour that affects only five per cent of kidney cancer sufferers. But it was more than two years before the severity of his condition became known.     “I noticed when he came home from Brighton University he used to drink gallons of squash," Louise, 60, said.  "I thought this isn’t right and he should go and see the doctor but he didn’t really have any other symptoms and, what with one thing and another, it was a couple of years before he actually went." Matthew started going to see his local GP about three years later complaining about fatigue, weight loss, back pain, night sweats and even blood in his urine.   Louise says doctors only tested him for diabetes, putting it down to a kidney infection and giving him antibiotics. “In the end he went back to the doctors as he was losing weight and had a persistent cough. They finally ran some blood tests which flagged up something was wrong," she said.   He was immediately admitted to hospital where a scan showed a large mass on his kidney. “We were in complete shock," Louise said. "The bottom of our world just fell out. “When he was told, the consultant came in and held his hand. I knew this was going to be bad news. “When they left the room Matthew was shaking. You could feel the shock through him. "For half an hour we just held each other and we both cried.”   'It's over'
      But Louise says the family were given some hope when they were told that an operation to remove one of his kidney's could be the cure. Matt underwent the surgery and another scan a few weeks later revealed no evidence that the cancer had spread. “Once his kidney was removed and he was on his new healthy eating plan, you could see him slowly getting stronger and stronger,” Louise said. "Then the scan came out clear and we thought, that’s it. It’s over.”   Heartbreakingly, a further scan told a different story and, as the family tried to come to terms with the latest blow to their hopes, Matt was accepted on a new trial immunotherapy drug at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. Matthew's body did not respond to the treatment and he was put on a different drug therapy in a second trial. Louise said: “He responded to that and his soft tissue tumours were shrinking rapidly and some of them had even disappeared. But at that point we didn’t know he also had a tumour on his spine.”   Hopes for miracle cannabis cure 
      Desperate to help her son, Louise managed to source illegal cannabis oil, which, she learned, other cancer sufferers said had shown positive effects. “I had read an article about a 14-year-old boy who had cancer. He was in a hospice with days to live and his mum started giving him cannabis oil and he started getting better," Louise said. "He got so well he had to leave the hospice and then over time his cancer was cured. She is quite a high profile person now in trying to legalise cannabis."     Coventry cancer patient Joy Smith also claims she cured her terminal cancer by taking the illegal oil. Her story went global when CoventryLive reported her incredible recovery from stomach and bowel cancer last year.   Matthew took cannabis oil for three weeks and Louise says it helped him sleep and boosted his appetite - but he didn’t like how it made him feel. Louise said: "He was worried that if the hospital picked up drugs in his blood they would refuse him treatment so he wanted to come off it. I was always guided by him.” After that, Louise thought her son was on his way to recovery. "He was starting to feel better in himself and he was getting his appetite back," she said.     But on the August Bank Holiday in 2016, Matthew started complaining of wobbly legs and being unable to go to the toilet. He was put in an ambulance within five minutes of calling The Christie, where he had previously been treated. Louise said: "They recognised the symptoms of spinal compression from what he’d told them and he was whisked into Warwick Hospital. "A scan showed the spinal tumour was getting bigger. We were just devastated.”   Beside wedding
      It was at this stage the disease really started to take hold and a subsequent operation on Matt’s spine led to a series of complications which left him paralysed and suffering from a severe infection. “I remember driving home from the hospital after the surgery a few weeks before he died and I am screaming at the top of my voice and banging the steering wheel," she said. "I think that was the moment when I finally realised I couldn’t control this. I couldn’t stop it.” A makeshift hospital ward was set up at Matthew's home but it was just two weeks before he returned to hospital after water developed in his lungs. “They took him in and he never came home again," Louise said.     "Matthew was so accepting of it all. When the doctors told him there was nothing else they could do, 10 days before he died, he was just thanking them for everything they’d done. "I thought, how can you be so calm? He was incredible. I don’t know how he did it." On his last night in Myton Hospice, Matthew's family watched him marry his girlfriend of nine years. The hospice team made a sanctuary for the couple and covered the ward in flowers. "It looked beautiful. It was wonderful to see Matthew’s face," Louise said. "I’m so happy he got his last wish. “I stayed with him that night. I stayed awake and I held him all night. It turned out to be his last night.” 'No cure for grief'
      Matt was a keen sportsman and played football for Norton Lindsey and Central Ajax, as well as proving to be a talented golfer and cricketer – playing for Stoneleigh Cricket Club and even being trialled for Warwickshire. But when he became too ill to play it was his passion for music that had given him a new focus. He would spend hours in his dad Bill’s recording studio, a converted shed in the back garden, learning to write and record his own songs. This resulted in two CDs, the second of which was released just a few days before he died, in October 2016     Soon after Matt’s death, Louise started to pen letters to her son as a form of therapy. “One day I was peeling the vegetables and all of a sudden I was surrounded by this energy of Matthew and it was like he was there with me," she said. "It was the weirdest feeling, like he was giving me a virtual hug and saying he liked my letters. "I got a picture of a book in my head. It’s as if Matthew was saying this needs to be a book Mum."   Letters To Matthew: Life After Loss shares Louise's insights into her journey of self-discovery and includes heartfelt tributes from Matt’s father Bill, 61, and sister Sarah, 33. Speaking abut her publication, Louise said: “My wish is that my book helps people talk about grief in a much more comfortable way without all the awkwardness that comes with it. "I want people to be okay about grief. I want to help other people understand what grief is. "Hopefully, by reading the letters and sharing my experience of what it was like for me, it might help them in the future. “There is no cure for grief. Grief can only be absorbed, carried, experienced and cared for. “You never get over loss, you just learn to grow around it and move on in a positive way. I’m still just taking it a day at a time.” For more information, you can visit Louise's blog here.   Both a book and Kindle edition of Louise's book are available to buy on Amazon.   Excerpt from Letters To Matthew: Life After Loss
      Dear Matthew, It’s been four months now since you closed your eyes for the last time. I remember closing them for you. It was the last thing I could do for you as a mother. After 27 years of being a mum to you, especially the last two years supporting you through the difficult journey, it all ended there, in that moment. My thoughts are still consumed with memories of you. I think about you all the time. When I wake up in the morning you are my first thought. I think about you all day and you are the last thought before I go to sleep at night and then I dream about you. A lot of my dreams are about you and Sarah. When I wake up in the middle of the night for a pee I am still thinking about you. I miss you so much. I don’t think I ever want to stop missing you. Life without you is bad enough and what would it be like if I stopped missing you.   https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/cannabis-oil-matthew-bates-cancer-16787818   Bongme   
    • Mr_Snoodle
      "In effect mirroring the Uruguayan public health model where potency cannot exceed nine per cent THC,".      9%? That can get right to fuck.