During July 2019, I visited New Zealand to host three medical cannabis master classes – training events for healthcare professionals, in my role of Director of Education at The Academy of Medical Cannabis in London.
Ahead of the launch of The Ministry of Health's scheme to enable domestic commercial cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis, it was heartening to see such a positive response from clinicians in the country. Over 350 people attended the masterclasses over the course of my visit.
For information, the key learning objectives for healthcare professionals were:
My verdict? Very disappointing but sadly predictable. Many NICE committee members had already expressed negative views about cannabis as a medicine, and those with positive views were excluded from the process.It is a pity the Committee does not understand the nature of the family of medical cannabis medicines and failed to take into account alternative, valid sources of evidence.
It relies solely on the pharmaceutical model of the randomised controlled trials which is not an appropriate methodology for the assessment of cannabi...
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Alongside the report, I will be publishing a comprehensive review of the evidence of the medicinal applications of cannabis. I believe the current system is unjust, unfair and unkind.
Cannabis should be available for doctors to prescribe for medical use in the UK. Find out more about the importance of medical cannabis and how it helps those with serious illnessess, injury and disease.
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