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  1. Hi guys, gals, Most of you will probably not be looking at our website every day/week, nor will most of you be subscribed to our newsletter, which is totally fine ofc! But this way it is clear you are missing out on some of the promo's that we run on the website. That's why we want to share this with you all Just in case anyone is interested in some seeds, it would be better to buy them with a discount right -------------------------------- This week we have a special promotion on the website : For anyone who is interested in some original Dutch Passion seeds, we are having a 20% discount on the complete collection via our website : Get 20% off all seeds with this promocode: UKOUTDOOR *The promocode can be used until 22-05-2022 and is not valid in combination with running discounts. --------------------------------- We will use this thread to update the promo's once they go live so you can all have the chance to get our beans at a cheaper price. Should there be any questions regarding a certain variety, you can ask them here too
  2. Award-Winning Cannabis Cultivation Author Jorge Cervantes teamed up with Seedsman for a FREE, Comprehensive Digital Book on Home Growing. ‘We Grow Cannabis!’ is the first cohesive guide to growing cannabis indoors, in a line of digital books that has been released on Seedsman's website, co-authored with Seedsman’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Gary Yates. ‘We Grow Cannabis!’ provides beginner and advanced growers with an easy-to-follow, free-to-access collection of cultivation wisdom through 270 beautiful high-quality photographs, images, and well-written descriptive text. Combining science and love, ‘We Grow Cannabis!’ is an excellent reference for any cultivator, expert, or beginner. Download for free now at the following link: https://www.seedsman.com/grow-cannabis-book
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  4. Hello All, I was wondering if someone can enlighten me, as to what is going on with the Green. Someone gave me some stardawg to test for them, and I stuck it under the microscope to check for contaminates. As you will see in the pictures there seems to be some kind of fabric string, and possibly some hair. but i'am more concerned with the black marks, which kind of look like aphids, but there not. I was also wondering if the plant had been sprayed, because if you look on one of the pictures with string/hair it looks like some form of drop stuck to the string/hair. What do you people think?
  5. I’ve started a couple Green Gelato seeds from Royal Queen Seeds First time trying there US strains Anybody any experience with these seeds ?
  6. Morning Tokers Unite! I had 3 teeth out the other day and need some rest and fun so thought I would make some coconut oil hot chocolate didn’t want to make it too debilitating because I also have stuff to do, so used 3grams of cannabis to 3tbs of coconut oil ground up and stuck in the oven in a heat proof dish at around 120c for about 30-40mins strained through a tshirt to remove (crunchy/cooked) grass lumps of chocolate in cup 3-4-5 squares to your taste, sugar if you need it, nutmeg/cinnamon/grated choc on top if you want.. stir drink relax yum.. In the morning for a treat or if I need it for pain managment I stick some in me porridge! you can muck about with different amounts to get it were you need it, some decarboxylate before going in the oven etc.. muck about though and have ago!
  7. Hi guys, new on here.. im trying to work out wether or not it is worth me buying some Fulvic and humic acids in addition to my existing nutes. I’m using terra aquatica tri part- micro bloom and grow, I’ve also got a gold label root exeluator and I’ve got advanced nutrients overdrive for my late flower stage. I’ve read lots of contrasting opinions about the use of humic and fulvic acids and many growers say less is more... sticking to a more basic set up will work well however I also feel that manufactures would bother making the product if it didn’t add something to our arsenals. Anyone on here used them before and had better results compared with a grow previous without using acids. ive for coco coir and perlite in 30l fabric pots. Using 2x small led fan driven lights with a veg and bloom setting and have 1x Mars hydro TSW2000. I’m running a comparison to see the different results in each half of my tent. I have a humidifier and heater in my setup to keep everything exactly where I want it and also have 2 XL co2 grow bags hanging towards the bottom of my tent by an inlet. I’m fairly new to this so any advice would be greatly appreciated. regards
  8. Hi guys!running 3 autoflower lost track of flower!but one plants seems to be maturing good!!and the other two I think one is doing okay and the other I don’t seem to notice the maturing of the buds any guess??also attached some photos of all three flowering sites please let me know if may just be younger stages of flower compared to main one using GHE 3 parts also atami bloombastic statin is lemonberry haze
  9. THE POSSESSION OF cannabis and cannabis resin is to be added to the adult caution list 14 years after the programme was established. This now means that anyone caught in possession of cannabis for personal use can receive a caution instead of being arrested and charged with criminal possession. Gardaí have been calling on this to be introduced for several years. It means that those caught with small amounts of cannabis will not go through the criminal justice system. It also frees up gardaí from the paperwork associated with such an arrest. Previously, only certain offences were on the adult caution list, many of which dealt with public order incidents such as being drunk in a public place. Low-level assault, as well as theft under the value of €1,000, are also on the list. The scheme came into force on the 1 February 2006 and only applied to offences committed on or after that date. At the time, gardaí said the scheme was “an alternative to the prosecution of certain persons against whom there is evidence of the commission of a scheduled criminal offence, where the prosecution of such offence is not required in the public interest”, according to their statement on the scheme 14 years ago. Gardaí will be able to use their discretion to determine who can get the caution and who will not. Officers must consider if the alleged offender is “deemed to be a person suitable for consideration”. The caution will be extended for something known as simple possession. This is where someone has drugs on them for personal use. Those caught with larger quantities will still face prosecution under sale and supply legislation. An official announcement on the matter is due later today. A working group was set up in 2018 to consider such issues such as the possession of drugs for personal use, and to review other jurisdictions’ drug laws. In 2019, the Government today unveiled its plan to give those caught in possession of drugs a chance to seek treatment instead of being arrested on the spot. In the first instance of being found in possession, gardaí will refer the person to health services. https://www.thejournal.ie/cannabis-possession-adult-caution-5300208-Dec2020/
  10. I was wondering if somebody can tell me what's wrong with my plants, I am on week 10 super lemon haze auto GHS strain. Been feeding advanced nutrients under 2 x 600 watt, 8 x 12L fabric pots and one 15L autopot (just trying it out) Soil. Past few weeks they have been getting Bloom A and B 1.5ml per litre and last week switched from Big bud to Overdrive 1.5ml per litre aswell. So they're on: Cal-Mag 2.5ml per litre B-52 1.5ml per litre Bloom A n B 1.5ml per litre Overdrive 1.5ml per litre 3 fans plus extractor fan so plenty of airflow. 16/8 light cycle 55% humidity 30 degrees Celsius day temps The leaves at the top have turned yellow and crispy but the buds look and smell absolutely fine. I just want to know why leaves have turned yellow and crispy? Will the buds be fine after harvest? How do I avoid/fix this issue? Any help would be much appreciated, thanks in advance.
  11. Morning folks! So lately I’ve been doing a lot of research into growing my own plant. Just one or two to start with. I understand most of the growing process in theory, but there are a few things I need help on. First, what nutrients and soil is best for growing in the UK? A lot of growing videos I come across are American and I’m struggling to find some of their products over here. Second, how badly can I expect one or two plants to smell, and are there any ways of reducing this? I am looking at growing inside a cupboard with a tent inside and the inside walls lined with plastic sheets to contain the smell some more. Also, the strain I have chosen for my first run is Barneys Tangerine Dream from Grizzly Seed Bank, this is because it is one of the shortest autos I can find while still having a good THC content. Anyone with experience of growing this strain, tips for the plant would be greatly appreciated! Lastly, just any tips and tricks that a beginner might not think about would be great, as I really don’t wanna mess up too bad on my first try, cheers fellow Ents_\|/_
  12. Hi all, I'm very new to growing and everything other than smoking I grew 2 different strains of autoflower in my greenhouse and have been curing them in jars for at least 2 weeks now and they both taste horrible.. i chopped one down early as it had started to get bud rot, i chopped the other down a few days after because i couldn't tell if they were ready or not and probably a little too excited (learnt from that mistake) Anyway i know i have harvested too early and also ruined the taste and aroma from having the fan blow on the bud while drying (again another lesson learnt) but can i make half decent hash or oil from these buds? The blackberry strain does get me a little high after 2 bongs but i have to fight myself to get through one.. and the krippleberry is looking like a waste, its harsh as hell and gives a wierd high, probs from being chopped early but we're past that now aha What do you think? Can I get any use out of these at all? I was thinking hash, oil or edibles just as a way of using them, i hate wasting cannabis!
  13. So much trash being posted about cannabis curing/treating/preventing Covid-19, rather than mentioning these points in each thread it might be easier to give you all the tools to spot the bullshit yourselves (give a man a fish...). I’m writing this off the top of my head from what I learned during my degrees so I may miss the odd thing. All the studies I’ve seen recently regarding cannabinoids effects on Covid-19 are next to useless. Here’s why: 1. We’re dealing with a novel virus. This means it’s the first time the virus has appeared in humans. I am yet to see a reliable Covid-19 human trial involving cannabinoids. The only ones done so far are with animals which are all but useless because animals may have encountered the virus before and we don’t know which ones (because we don’t know where it originated). For example, we may use Rhesus monkeys/mice and they may have encountered the virus at some point in history and developed certain resistances meaning any results for treatments or vaccines would show falsely positive results. We'd never know without human trials. Also, the scientific community is very used to seeing animal trials (of any kind – not just Covid-19 related) and thinking very little of them. This is because only around 30-40% of animal trials ever manage to find the same results in human trials. The biggest and most obvious reason being that other animals are genetically different to humans. Even those animal trials that do manage to replicate results often find the results are diminished in humans (and therefore completely ineffective). Finally, if you were to check out the number of animal trials that have gone onto human trials involving cannabis, you would find the number even smaller than 30-40%. Even smaller than that because it's a novel virus. To quote a scientist who knew the value (or lack of) in animal studies when researching a cancer drug - "If you have cancer and you are a mouse, we can take good care of you." 2. Questions to ask yourself about studies to see if they are any good (most covid studies fail on a lot these points): - what is the context? - Is it peer reviewed? - Is it an RCT (randomized control trial)? - How large is the sample? - Any conflicts of interest? - How many dropped out? The context part is pretty obvious (I hope) in terms of Covid-19 and humans. If it’s not peer reviewed – it’s not been fact checked by people who know what they’re talking about. The same credibility could be given to something I wrote in year 6. If a study holds any value at all, it will be picked up on and published in a peer-reviewed journal pretty quickly. RCTs are thought to be the most credible type of study. However, due to the ethical concerns they have in public health (e.g. having to infect a subset of your sample with Covid-19) they are not used. Cohort studies are instead and aren’t very effective at telling you whether a drug is effective. In terms of Covid-19, to have a decent sized sample you are talking thousands if not millions of people. Currently the only studies of that magnitude are involving vaccines. Conflicts of interest (CIs) can be formal or informal. Most are pretty obvious but even some peer-reviewed journals may have CIs. Most are obvious, anyone involved in cannabis research will benefit from finding miracle cures in cannabis because they will receive more funding. Some are less obvious e.g. a scientist who may have previous affiliations to a CI. How many people dropped out may indicate how accurate a study is, if 750 of a starting sample of 1500 drop out it’s probably poorly designed. 3. Read the entire article AND the referenced articles. Many studies will say “x was proven to do x which supports our conclusions”. So for example, if we’re looking at a disease in humans, it’s pretty poor practice to cite that a drug does something in mice as evidence for a drug working for humans. Or "x was proven to do x which supports our conclusions" in a study which had entirely different parameters to the ones needed generally speaking. If you’re used to reading journals and writing about them, you can get away with reading the abstract and conclusion. If not, you’re going to find yourself falling down the hole which every journalist throws themselves down to make better headlines, I promise you. It’s nothing new, it happens the world over and it’s just adding to the problem of bullshit fake news regarding Covid-19. As an example, check out what the media said about a trial on mice being given Endostatin (in a nutshell – they said “CURE FOR CANCER FOUND” then had to retract it when they found the drug did fuck all in humans). I'm hoping for cannabis to be a miracle cure as much as you lot, but you've got to be realistic and get past the "cannabis cures everything" mind set. Once you understand all of the above, you see that covid-19 studies involving cannabis are generally speaking - trash.
  14. hi growers my name is sacha i live in thailand at 40 degrees celsius / 104F No Air Con. which indoor cannabis strain can handle this heat 40 degrees celsius / 104F and still give a good harvest? like Satori from Mandala Seeds. please only specify indoor cannabis strain that are very heat resistant reg. fem. (no autoflower) peace and love
  15. Hey peeps! I am going through a new grow, Nordle (CBD Crew) and Cheese (Vision Seeds). I am kinda pushing it through veg as got limited time, so flowering should get started in about 1 week or so. Anyways, I do love chillies man. And as the weather is pretty shite out there, thought it'd be a great idea to boost my chilli seedlings under my grow lights. I've got 5 pots of different chillies with my cannabis plants, as mentioned still in veg, 18hs light (250w HPS) in my tent (80x80x160cm). Now the question: Any problem growing chillies and cannabis in the same tent? What about growing in different stages, such as being fine through veg but not flower? Or is a prob either way? So chilli&ganja lovers in UK, speak!! BTW, love and peace to everyone .
  16. Why the scientists think cannabis will harm us? I have researched of myself to looking at to it. But, unfortunately there can be impacts of your mental health. AT LEAST if you keep the limits of THC to be balanced of medication. Normally, some people would using it all the time like 24/7. But, this is why THC got to be limited by your immune and nerves system to handle with this strength. Will this impact my mental health? According the reports number of people using it that they have a mental health. So, they might have using the different drugs of cocaine or crack either heroin.. which it’s highly addictive compare than cannbis. So, cannabis was grown as a plant. Not anything poisonous stuff. (This is my theory, so. Don’t putting in horrible way to me. I’m just trying my best to legalise this law of United Kingdom)
  17. A giant Canadian cannabis producer has agreed its maiden foray into the British market by buying a vast Lincolnshire greenhouse in a deal worth tens of millions of pounds. Sky News has learnt that Spalding-based Bridge Farm Group will announce on Friday that it is being bought by Sundial Growers, a leader in the burgeoning provision of cannabis for health and medicinal usage. Sources said that the deal would be among the largest cannabis-related corporate transactions involving a UK-based company. Sundial plans to use the Lincolnshire site to grow hemp for the production of CBD, which is now being widely used by consumer brand manufacturers for its restorative properties. Molson-Coors and Heineken, the brewers, have announced plans to sell cannabis-infused drinks, with Coca-Cola among those to have said they were monitoring the market. Bridge Farm is due to be expanded from its current size to roughly 3.8m square feet in the coming years, making it one of the largest fully automated such growing structures in Europe. Sundial's acquisition of Bridge Farm underlines the extent to which traditional plant and flower-growers are utilising the explosion of CBD usage to diversify their businesses. CBD is hemp extract already commonly sold as a supplement in wellness products in a number of UK mainstream retailers. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the UK regulator for medicines and medicinal products, has authorised the use of CBD, although it continues to face some resistance in Britain and elsewhere. Sundial is understood to have identified Bridge Farm as an attractive takeover target several months ago. The deal will entail an exit for NorthEdge Capital, which bought a stake in Bridge Farm just under two years ago. A spokeswoman for Bridge Farm declined to comment on Thursday.
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  19. Like nearly everyone on here i have campaigned for the legalisation of cannabis for years, i helped do a smokey bears picnic in norwich about three years ago and have sent my local mp/pm home office and anyone else that might listen many emails, twitter posts about cannabis, today i got another response from my local mp the same old story here is the response.... There is strong scientific evidence that cannabis is a drug which can harm people's mental and physical health, and damage communities. However recent cases have shown the need to look more closely at the use of cannabis-based medicine in the healthcare sector in the UK. This is why the Government decided it was appropriate to review the scheduling of cannabis. The decision of the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, to reschedule these products is welcome. This decision means that senior clinicians will be able to prescribe the medicines to patients with an exceptional clinical need. Following short term advice issued in September 2018 the ACMD are to review the current rescheduling and its appropriateness by November 2020 and provide further initial advice on synthetic cannabinoids by summer 2020. It is crucial that this country keeps in step with the latest scientific evidence, so that patients and their families have access to the most appropriate course of medical treatment. My Ministerial colleagues have also been clear that given the nature of the medicine, it should only be prescribed be specialist doctors and on a case-by-case basis. I believe these strict controls are necessary to develop clinical expertise and an evidence base for this treatment effectiveness. The decision whether to prescribe an individual with medicinal cannabis is therefore not a political or financial decision, but a decision by a medical expert, who will have considered whether it is the most effective treatment based on an individual's particular condition. I will continue to closely monitor the roll-out of medicinal cannabis and I will certainly look at the report you mention. Thank you again for contacting me.
  20. So how did you guys get into growing in the great outdoors? What made you come up with the idea? Why did you start? Did you make any vital mistakes? What strain? How many plants? What was your yield? What year did you start? Just curious Provocateur.
  21. Cannabis has been used as a medicine for millennia, writes David Nutt, who charts its relatively recent prohibition, the effect on patients such as Billy Caldwell, and the failure of legal reform to make much difference Cannabis is arguably the world’s oldest medicine, with evidence of such use from 3000 year old tombs in Egypt and Siberia. It had a place in Indian and Chinese medical writing from nearly as long ago. It didn’t enter the UK until the late 1600s, but by the 1800s it was widely used, sold over the counter as an alcoholic tincture for problems such as tetanus and seizures. Its efficacy more broadly became apparent, and the definitive overview was published in the Lancet in 1890 by John Russell Reynolds.1 Because he was the Queen’s physician it is believed that Queen Victoria used cannabis medicines, particularly for period and childbirth pains. The demise of cannabis as a medicine began rather surprisingly when in 1933 the US Senate voted to rescind the law on alcohol prohibition. This left the threat that 35 000 officers of alcohol prohibition enforcement (now the Drug Enforcement Administration) would lose their jobs, along with their director, Harry Anslinger.2 So Anslinger created a new drug scare in alcohol’s place: cannabis. He used its Mexican name, marijuana, to associate its use with unofficial immigrants. Then, working with the less scrupulous media, he created scare stories about the damage wrought by cannabis: that its use would destroy Americans’ lives and result in white women being raped by drug crazed foreigners, and so on. Though fanciful and dishonest, these stories created the intended public moral panic. Public enemy number one Cannabis became public enemy number one among drug threats, and the DEA was saved.2 To further vilify cannabis, and to prevent its cultivation for medical use, cannabis was removed from the US pharmacopoeia in 1934. The rest of the world was encouraged to support the ban: in its 1934 report the League of Nations’ health committee agreed with the US that cannabis medicines had no value. This report was relied on to control cannabis under the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and amazingly persisted as the international medical guidance on cannabis until 2018, being used as the justification by the World Health Organization for keeping cannabis a schedule 1 controlled drug till then. Even more absurdly, the 1934 report has been lost, so we can’t explore its evidential base or reasoning.3 At first the UK held out against this outrageous denial of the value of medical cannabis, just as it did when the US similarly attempted to eliminate heroin as a medical treatment. Cannabis continued being used as a medicine in the UK until the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act, when it was relegated to schedule 1, for harmful drugs with no unique medical value. Pressure from the US The driver for this ban was continued pressure from the US, which still cherished the illusion that, by disallowing medicinal use, recreational use could be restricted. The ban’s pretext was misuse of cannabis medicines by two GPs in Ladbroke Grove in London who were prescribing tincture of cannabis to patients. Rather than just having the GPs struck off the medical register, the government decided to accede to decades of US pressure. Subsequently, many states in the US and now 20 countries have reinstated cannabis medicines, but UK governments, Conservative and Labour, resisted this trend, despite the remarkable 1998 House of Lords report that recommended that cannabis again be made a medicine.4 At first Tony Blair’s Labour government was supportive. Then, for reasons still unclear but probably in response to pressure from certain newspapers, it made a sharp U turn. Cannabis possession offences were made a target for the police. Hundreds of thousands of people—mostly black or other ethnic minority young men—were convicted in the decade of the 2000s.5 Significant political benefit A common justification for ignoring the Lords’ recommendations was that, because WHO hadn’t changed the status of cannabis, for the UK to do so would breach international protocol. There was also significant political benefit in keeping cannabis illegal. Medical cannabis was sucked into this policy on the grounds that it might leak into the black market and that its use could be seen as a route to legalisation. Attacks on medical cannabis were relentless, and thousands of self medicating patients were prosecuted. Worse, when patients started to justify their use of cannabis through the common law defence of necessity, this was abolished by Labour under Gordon Brown.6 Magistrates hated this decision because it removed any latitude in their decision making: everyone brought to court was guilty. It also gave enormous power to the police: they could guarantee a conviction simply by making an arrest. To justify keeping cannabis illegal, claims of harms, such as from use while driving, were publicised, and the danger of its causing schizophrenia was repeatedly raised. Sanctions for possession and selling were cranked up and efforts made to stop imports from abroad. Supplies began to dry up, but this had the disastrous perverse result of cannabis use becoming more harmful. Paradox of prohibition This paradoxical effect of zealous prohibition increasing harms is not a new phenomenon. For more than a century attempts to prohibit drugs have led to the development and use of more harmful alternatives. So, when in the early 1900s smoking opium was banned, users switched to injecting morphine and heroin. Alcohol prohibition in the US led to hooch and methanol substitution. History repeated itself with cannabis. When customs agencies cracked down on importation, suppliers started growing their own in the UK. But to maximise their investment they grew a new form known colloquially as skunk. This contains much higher amounts of Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (d9THC), typically over 10%, and the plant is depleted of the other major bioactive ingredient, cannabidiol (CBD). CBD acts as a functional antagonist to the most problematic effects of d9THC, and especially it can attenuate the psychotomimetic and cognition impairing effects of d9THC.78 For this reason, recently, CBD has been used successfully as an adjunctive treatment for schizophrenia.9 The double whammy of losing CBD and increasing d9THC content in skunk was the worst possible outcome, as it engendered more psychotic-like experiences and more dependence. A recent analysis by researchers at King’s College London found that traditional herbal or resin cannabis, with its balance of d9THC and CBD, doesn’t cause schizophrenia—but that skunk might.10 The harshest penalties The absurdity of the prohibition of medical cannabis was clearly exposed by data on cannabis use. When medical cannabis was banned in 1971 fewer than half a million UK adults had used cannabis, yet by 2005 this number had risen 20-fold to over 10 million.11 The UK had some of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world despite some of the harshest penalties. The ban on medical cannabis certainly hadn’t reduced recreational use but had almost totally denied access for patients. Two exceptions were nabilone, a synthetic form of d9THC, which is licensed for nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy and for cachexia, and later nabiximols (marketed as Sativex), containing equal amounts of d9THC and CBD, licensed for pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis. However, neither was much used, partly because of their controlled drugs status and, in the case of Sativex, the high cost. These preparations also lack the many other components of the cannabis plant, such as the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabivarin, which preclinical studies indicated could be a potent anti-epilepsy agent12 and which was predicted to boost the therapeutic effects of d9THC and CBD. Although most of the world fell in line with the 1961 UN convention banning medical cannabis, the Netherlands decided to allow medical and recreational use despite US pressure not to do so. More recently, 30 US states have now allowed use of medical cannabis. By 2018 more than 200 million US citizens had access to medical cannabis—but not a single UK resident. In 2017 German authorities allowed medical cannabis for 57 different indications. Case of Billy Caldwell The UK government resisted any softening of approach until 2018, when the case of the boy Billy Caldwell became public. Caldwell has a rare form of childhood epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, which results in thousands of seizures a month that are unresponsive to conventional anticonvulsant drugs. His mother tried to obtain medical cannabis in the UK but was denied, so she took him to the US and Canada to seek treatment. This was remarkably successful. With CBD Billy’s seizures reduced hugely, and with the addition of full extract cannabis oil they disappeared completely, probably because the oil contained some d9THC and tetrahydrocannabivarin. He was able to stop his other medications, and his cognitive and motor abilities markedly improved. When his mother returned home to Northern Ireland Billy’s GP was so impressed by the transformation that he agreed to prescribe the cannabis oil. But when local medical authorities found out they threatened the GP with a charge of gross medical misconduct if he continued to prescribe an “illegal” drug, so he stopped. To prevent Billy’s condition deteriorating, his mother took him back to Canada for more supplies and tried to import them into the UK, declaring them at Heathrow airport customs. The drugs were confiscated, and Caldwell’s condition rapidly worsened. His seizures returned, and he went into status epilepticus that required his admission to the intensive care unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, where he was sedated and ventilated. The public outcry to this cruel denial of a proved therapy, coupled with the possibility of Billy experiencing more brain damage or even dying, was profound. It persuaded the home secretary to give Billy a special licence to use cannabis oil, so his supplies were returned and his seizures stopped. Clearly a medicine The chief medical officer for England then reviewed the schedule 1 status of medical cannabis. She stated that cannabis was clearly a medicine, so on 1 November 2018 cannabis products were moved into schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, but limiting prescription to specialists, or a GP acting under the instructions of one. There are no specified medical indications for medical cannabis in the UK: as long as the specialist has evidence of efficacy—from published reports or personal patient testimony—a prescription as a “special” can be offered. However, the roll out of medical cannabis has been much slower than patients and parents had hoped. Still only a tiny number of children with severe juvenile epilepsies are being treated, and many others continue to have multiple seizures because neurologists will not prescribe. There are several likely reasons for this. One is ignorance of the value of cannabis medicines, because few doctors have any training or experience in this area and are fearful of prescribing them off licence. Another reason for resistance could be that parents and patients lead this initiative rather than the medical profession. Some doctors fear that medical cannabis will lead to severe adverse effects such as psychosis, and others that it will lead to more recreational use, which seems unlikely given the current wide use and availability of black market cannabis. Additionally, some pharmacists and clinical commissioning groups are refusing to pay. Another substantial challenge is obtaining supplies, because currently all medical cannabis has to be sourced from foreign producers in the Netherlands and Canada. Cancer research model We must hope the situation will soon improve. One way forward would be to use the cancer research model, where small expert groups aligned to a specific indication, such as Tourette’s syndrome or adult epilepsy, are set up. These could conduct open effectiveness studies in this indication all using the same form and strength of medical cannabis and all collecting data on outcomes and adverse effects in the same way. Something similar has already been developed for ketamine for depression.13 Because such studies would come under the ambit of clinical audit rather than be a formal clinical trial they would be much easier to start and much less expensive than traditional trials. Any practitioners interested in joining such groups should email me. One final point: about 70 years ago another natural medicine came into the medical arena. This was welcomed enthusiastically by UK doctors even though there had been no placebo controlled trials of its efficacy because it was seen to fulfil a major clinical need. That drug was penicillin. If today’s medical profession could embrace cannabis in the same way as it did penicillin then the true value of this plant medicine should rapidly be realised. Biography David Nutt is the Edmond J Safra professor of neuropsychopharmacology and a psychiatrist at Imperial College London. He trained in the UK at Cambridge, Guy’s Hospital, London, and Oxford University, and at the US National Institutes of Health. His research focuses on the use of positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to understand how drugs work in the brain and the mechanism underpinning psychiatric disorders, particularly addiction, depression, and anxiety disorders. In 2008-09 he chaired the government’s independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. This essay is based on his 2019 Royal College of Psychiatrists president’s lecture, available to view at https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/members/presidents-lectures Footnotes Competing interests: I have read and understood the BMJ policy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests: I sit on the advisory boards of several research and pharmaceutical companies, which have no connection to medical cannabis. I have been paid to speak by several pharmaceutical companies that do not produce medical cannabis products. I founded and chair the charity DrugScience, which is funded by individual donations, a grant from Open Society Foundations, and book sales. Provenance and peer review: Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
  22. I found someones plot today I'm sure! I was out "walking my invisible dog" when I came across it. There was about 30 holes all dug out. I searched the area and found a spade, some bags of manure, chicken wire and half a bottle of Lucozade lol. If this is a guerilla grower preparing for this season then I'm not sure what to do? I personally think this area is way too easy to come across and wouldn't bother if it was me. Advice lads?? Provocateur.
  23. just seen this in today's paper
  24. Hi folks, Daily mail at it again The comments give hope though Cannabis oil sold as a health product in Britain can get users 'high', study finds Researchers found driving under the influence of CBD cannabis ‘may be harmful' The products have soared in popularity amid claims they help combat ailments The legal version of cannabis sold as a health product in the UK can get users ‘high’ and even make it dangerous to drive, a study has found. Cannabis oils and capsules said to help reduce anxiety and pain are on sale in high street stores including Holland & Barrett and are used by more than 250,000 Britons. They are sold legally because they contain no more than 0.2 per cent of the mind-altering substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in the illegal version of the drug. But now scientists have found that the active ingredient in these products, cannabidiol (CBD), is also psychoactive. In the study, subjects used a vape to inhale different strains of cannabis. Those using the version containing CBD but not illegal THC reported levels of intoxication three times that of those who used only a placebo. In addition, experts said subjects felt detached from reality. Scientists from Wollongong University in Australia concluded that driving under the influence of CBD cannabis ‘may be harmful’. The finding comes amid calls for the form of cannabis containing THC to also be legalised for medicinal and recreational purposes. Last night, Tory MP Craig Mackinlay, chairman of an All- Party Parliamentary Group investigating the effects of cannabis on the brain, said: ‘This is a startling revelation. For many years we have been told that THC was the key cause of cognitive issues stemming from cannabis, and that CBD held the “holy grail” of benefits. ‘These studies show that it is far more complex than simply isolating a few inherent compounds. Cannabis in its raw form contains more than 400 chemicals, so how long will it be until the next cure-all is miraculously discovered by pro-legalisers, only to be put down by science once again? ‘It is high time for there to be a full scientific investigation into the harmful effects of cannabis and its chemical compounds to put this misinformation to rest once and for all.’ Almost £6 million of CBD health supplements were sold last year. The products cost up to £60 and have soared in popularity amid claims that they help combat anxiety, insomnia and muscle and joint pain. There is also an emerging market of recreational CBD cannabis. Globally, CBD cannabis is expected to be worth almost £2 billion by next year, with dozens of companies poised to invest in the burgeoning industry. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6712725/amp/Legal-cannabis-oil-sold-British-health-shops-users-high-study-shows.html