Published on 26 Jul 2019
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Published on 26 Jul 2019
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Cannabis oil: Girl’s medicine confiscated at Stansted Airport
The mother of a girl with epilepsy said her child is at risk of “becoming comatose” after her medical cannabis oils were seized at a UK airport.
Tannine Montgomery said Indie-Rose, 5, had seizures and panic attacks before starting to use the oils 14 months ago.
Ms Montgomery, 30, said she was stopped at Stansted on Friday returning from the Netherlands, where she buys the oil with a prescription from her UK doctor.
She urged Health Secretary Matt Hancock to “sort this crisis out”.
Campaigners claim just two NHS prescriptions for medical cannabis, which contains the psychoactive ingredient THC, have been issued since the government announced last year that doctors can prescribe such products.
‘High risk of death’
Although Ms Montgomery, from Clare, Suffolk, has a private UK prescription to treat Indie-Rose’s Dravet syndrome, she says it is cheaper to travel abroad to stock up on the oils.
“To obtain a special import licence would cost us £4,500 per month as opposed to the £1,500 we pay for the drug at the moment,” she said.
“Seizing this medicine is condemning my lovely daughter to becoming comatose, wracked by seizures and to be at high risk of an unnecessary death.
“For the love of God, this medicine is legal in the UK and I have a full lawful UK prescription for it.”
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Although it is illegal to import cannabis oils without a special licence, Ms Mongtomery said UK Border Force officials have in the past let her into the country with the drug.
Ms Montgomery said of Mr Hancock: “We know he has the report on his desk from the NHS setting out why the system for NHS prescriptions is blocked.
“Every day he doesn’t act on it is a day of interminable suffering for mothers like me.
“For families like us it’s too much to bear the frustration of knowing that there’s something that can transform the lives of our children but we are blocked from getting it.”
Since the law was changed in 2018, parents have found they cannot easily access the medicines without paying thousands of pounds for an import licence.
In addition, many doctors cite a lack of official guidance as a reason for refusing prescriptions.
Peter Carroll, from the campaign group End Our Pain, added: “This is truly shocking. The law was changed last November so that patients who could benefit from medical cannabis could be prescribed it here.
“Indie-Rose’s parents have a lawful UK prescription for this medicine. The recent report from the Health and Social Care Select Committee specifically said that the harassing of families at the border should stop.”
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The World’s First Hot Box, and Other Uses of Cannabis in the Ancient World
Carl Sagan once speculated that cannabis may have been the very plant that inspired the age of agriculture. The first crop so useful that some long forgotten nomadic foraging society decided to stop roaming around in favor of becoming farmers.
Obviously that’s just conjecture—and Sagan was a notorious cannabis enthusiast, so perhaps it should be taken with an extra grain of salt. But even if cannabis wasn’t the first agricultural product on planet Earth, we do know that human use dates back around 10,000 years.
For perspective, at that time there were still a few woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers running around, though they were in the process of going extinct. Cannabis, meanwhile, was about to begin a long, strange relationship with humanity in which the plant would be both joyously extolled and ruthlessly exterminated.
Cannabis in Ancient Rites
Most of our earliest evidence of cannabis use concerns textiles, food, medicine, and other industrial uses that were likely derived from low-THC plants similar to what today we would call hemp. But obviously someone was the first person to purposely use cannabis to get high, though we’ll sadly never know the true story of that ultimate ancient OG.
At this point, the farthest back we can go to find irrefutable evidence of humans getting lifted by smoking cannabis is about 3,000 years. And that’s only because last month, a team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences shared evidence showing that pieces of charred wood they recovered from a tomb in Western China, circa 500 BC, tested positive for THC.
Well, not the wood itself, but the residue of whatever was ritualistically burned on top of it. Which means that mourners basically crowded into the tomb, lit up some cannabis on top of a wooden altar, and settled in for a smoky send-off.
Researchers also recovered the remains of a musical instrument called an angular harp in the tombs, a finding which lead archeologist Yimin Yang to reason that getting high and playing harp both figured prominently in the last rites of the era:
We can start to piece together an image of funerary rites that included flames, rhythmic music, and hallucinogen smoke, all intended to guide people into an altered state of mind.
Proliferation of the Plant
Also worth noting, the location of the tombs in the Pamir Mountains of Western China place them squarely along the ancient Silk Road trade route that once stretched from Asia to Europe and the Middle East. According to Robert Spengler, laboratory director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and a co-author of the study, the Silk Road was a key way that commodities and customs moved throughout the ancient world.
Plants were one of the major commodities to move along these trans-Eurasian exchange routes, and in so doing largely reshaped the foods in all of our kitchens today. I think with this new study, we can now actually place cannabis within that list as well, as being one of these crops that originates on these ancient trade routes.
And from there, cannabis reached the entire world.
Of course, it helps to have a plant species that can adapt to grow in almost any climate. But the real key factor in this great migration has always been how much some people love this plant. Enough to risk going to jail.
But that all came much later. The first known prohibition of cannabis didn’t happen until 1253 AD, when Egyptian authorities started targeting for arrest a group of hashish-smoking Sufis who planted a communal, municipal cannabis garden in a public park in the middle of Cairo. Those caught growing cannabis faced capital punishment, while mere hashish-eaters only had their teeth yanked out. A harbinger of dark times to come.
But thankfully, all of the cultures chronicled in our compendium of the ancient world’s biggest cannabis enthusiasts existed at a time when the plant was not only permitted, it was celebrated.
Cannabis as Medicine (2727 BC, China)
Emperor Shennong (sometimes “Shen-Nung”) is a revered figure to this day in China, where he’s seen as the father of both modern agriculture and herbal medicine. He’s also credited with making the earliest known recorded mention of cannabis as a medicinal plant.
According to legend, Shennong—also known as “the divine farmer”—personally ingested hundreds of wild herbs in search of those with healing properties. The Divine Farmer’s Herb Root Classic, which compiled his findings, is one of the world’s first pharmacopoeia, and lists cannabis among the “supreme elixirs of immortality,” praising its female flowers specifically as a superior treatment for “constipation, ‘female weakness,’ gout, malaria, rheumatism, and absentmindedness.”
Cannabis as a Spiritual Sacrament (1200 BC, India)
The first known documentation of cannabis as a spiritual aid comes in The Atharvaveda, one of the four vedas comprising the oldest scriptural Hindu text. Particularly associated with the playful god Shiva, cannabis is listed among the text’s five sacred plants, where it’s praised for bringing joy and relieving anxiety.
Shiva—the Hindu god of transformation—is well-known for being particularly fond of bhang—a cannabis drink—which is also a recognized part of Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for fever, digestive problems, immune support, and even a flagging libido.
With both its spiritual and medicinal traditions well-documented, bhang offers some of the earliest detailed accounts of cannabis use in the ancient world. And it’s a tradition that continues today in parts of India, where government-run shops sell bhang, and consumption is extremely widespread during certain festivals honoring Shiva.
Bhang itself is made in a mortar and pestle, by grinding cannabis into a paste. A common preparation is the bhang lassi, an intensely flavorful milkshake-like beverage redolent with spices and an earthy hint of cannabis.
Leafly recommends a recipe that includes almonds, pistachios, rose petals, mint leaves, garam masala, ginger, fennel, anise, cardamom, rosewater, and honey.
nvention of the Hot Box (800 BC, Scythia)
The Ancient Greek scholar Herodotus is often referred to as “the father of history,” and can also lay claim to being the first European to write about cannabis. He traveled far and wide to research his histories, and over time became fascinated by the many different customs and cultures he encountered.
When Herodotus undertook a study of the ancient Scythians, a nomadic group of traders originally from the Altai Mountains in Southern Siberia, he recorded that their personal grooming
regimen was actually a giant hot box:
They make a booth by fixing in the ground three sticks inclined towards one another, and stretching around them woollen felts, which they arrange so as to fit as close as possible: inside the booth a dish is placed upon the ground, into which they put a number of red-hot stones, and then add some hemp-seed … immediately it smokes, and gives out such a vapour as no Grecian vapour-bath can exceed; the Scyths, delighted, shout for joy.
And oh yeah, the Scythians also smoked out of solid gold bongs.
Cannabis for the After Life (500 BC, Siberia)
In 1993, the mummified body of a Siberian woman was unearthed from under thick ice in the Altai Mountains of Eastern Russia after being buried for 2,500 years. The body was so well preserved her tattoos were distinguishable.
Dubbed an “ice princess” due to the expensive clothes she was buried in and the fine craftsmanship of her jewelry and coffin, the well-preserved body and pricey items she was buried with gave a wealth of clues about her life.
One enduring mystery was the cause of death for a woman who appeared to be in her early 20s when she met her end. That is until a team of Russian scientists used MRI scans to diagnose the ice princess with breast cancer. Which may explain why a pouch of cannabis was buried with her alongside all the other treasures.
There’s also speculation that she may have been a shaman who used cannabis as part of spiritual plant-healing ceremonies.
The First Cannabis-Infused Edible (1000 AD, Morocco)
Morocco boasts an uninterrupted hashish-making culture as old as any wine region, and to this day, it is designated by the United Nations as the world’s leading producer of cannabis.
Much of Morocco’s hashish is still produced in and around the Rif Mountains, where Berber villages have been cultivating cannabis and dry-sifting it into potent concentrates using traditional methods for countless generations.
The Berbers are also credited with creating mahjoun (sometimes “majoun” or “majoon”), a 1,000-year old recipe for a hashish-powered confection that’s the spiritual and psychoactive ancestor of all modern edibles.
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Much as every Italian grandmother holds fast to the family’s secret recipe for tomato gravy, a Moroccan family would have their own unique way to prepare mahjoun. A traditional version begins with a thick paste of figs, dates, hashish, butter, and ground nuts that then get coated in savory-sweet-spicy flavorings like honey, rosewater, sea salt, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and lavender.
Cannabis farm found as police raid city centre address
Two men have been arrested after a police raid on a cannabis farm in the city centre.
Police officers were spotted coming out of an address in Jubilee Road, Leicester, earlier this morning.
It has now been confirmed that Leicestershireshire Police had been carrying out a warrant under section eight of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
The officers discovered hundreds of cannabis plants and as a result two men from Leicester, aged 31 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis.
Sgt Joe Postlethwaite, from the city centre neighbourhood team, said: “The warrant this morning was successful, with the arrest of two men and the recovery of hundreds of cannabis plants.
“Information from the public is one way we are able to collate intelligence and act on it.
“If you see illegal activity going on in the area where you live – tell us.”
One man is left comatose and eight teens are hospitalized with severe lung damage after vaping cannabis in Wisconsin
A 26-year-old man is in a coma after vaping THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.
The patient, of Burlington, Wisconsin, was hospitalized this week, coughing and struggling to breathe, his brother, Patrick DeGrave, said.
It comes just weeks after eight Wisconsin teens were hospitalized with severe lung damage in the capital of Milwaukee after inhaling the drug via an e-cigarette.
There was no common product connecting all nine of the cases.
‘Given the severity of the illness reported and that fact that it’s affecting children, this is a top priority,’ Jonathan Meiman, chief medical officer with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said, USA Today reports.
It is not clear why the patients suffered such severe reactions.
E-cigarettes have exploded onto the US market in the last could of years, drawing ire from doctors and health officials.
But concerns have largely been over vapes that contain addictive and damaging nicotine, presented without evidence as ‘healthier’ than tobacco products. Indeed, this week, Congress held a two-day hearing to interrogate market leader Juul, which has poured thousands of dollars into marketing to teens.
While e-cigarette injuries are not unheard of – both from devices exploding in pockets, and reactions to the vapor – they have, until recently, been seen as isolated incidents.
The spate of hospitalizations in Wisconsin, however, has triggered concern.
And it points to a growing problem: in the first six months of this year alone, Poison Control received 2,091 reports of poisoning from vapes – inching close to the 2,470 total reported in the 12 months of 2017.
We don’t have lot of information about the long-term effects and sometimes even the short-term effects,’ said Dr. Michael Gutzeit, chief medical officer, told Fox.
DeGrave said his brother bought his THC vials, Dank Vapes, from a street dealer.
When he started spluttering earlier this week, doctors thought it was pneumonia.
Within 24 hours, he was placed in a medically-induced coma.
‘The trauma that he caused to his lungs is significant, the trauma that he caused to his heart is significant,’ DeGrave said.
‘It’s wait and see. We’re uncertain right now if he’ll ever fully recover from this.’
Of the eight teens, one remains hospitalized; the other seven responded to steroid treatment.
This is what happens when states do not decriminalize marijuana. this doesn’t happen in States like Colorado or California where it’s legal and regulated. Blaming this on marijuana is a disingenuous argument, as it highly likely that it is not the THC in this unit, if there was any, that caused the issue.
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European panel okays GW Pharma cannabis drug for epilepsy
(Reuters) – GW Pharmaceuticals’ marijuana-based treatment Epidyolex has won a positive recommendation for marketing approval from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel on Friday for use as an additional treatment for two types of seizures.
EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) cleared the cannabidiol oral solution for use with clobazam to treat seizures associated with Lennox‑Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome for patients aged two and older.
The CHMP’s positive opinion is based on results from four randomised, controlled Phase III trials, the company said.
While final approvals are up to the European Commission, it generally follows the CHMP’s recommendation and endorses them within a couple of months. GW expects a final decision in about two months.
Last year, the drug became the first cannabis-based medicine to be approved in the United States under the brand name Epidiolex after regulators permitted the treatment for two other forms of childhood epilepsy.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has labelled the drug as having a low abuse potential.
Analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald said they don’t anticipate the need for the treatment to be co-administered with clobazam to be an issue. “Given the high unmet medical need for these patients in EU, we expect the drug will be prescribed broadly.”
They predict the treatment will launch in 2020 with initial sales of about $80 million and peak Europe sales of about $500 million.
Epidiolex is made up of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the hundreds of molecules found in the marijuana plant, and contains less than 0.1% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component that makes people high.
GW Pharmaceuticals said in May the treatment was successful in treating seizures in patients with a rare form of childhood epilepsy called tuberous sclerosis complex during a late-stage trial.
GW Pharmaceuticals grows its own supply of cannabis in specialized glass houses in the United Kingdom to ensure uniformity in the genetic composition of the plants, which are then processed into a liquid solution of CBD.
Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr and Shailesh Kuber
UK NATIONAL CAUGHT WITH CANNABIS IN THEIR LUGGAGE IN DUBLIN AIRPORT
A quantity of cannabis with a street value of €57,000 has been seized by Revenue officers at Dublin Airport.
The seizure, which took place on Wednesday afternoon, was a result of an intelligence led operation.
Revenue officers in Dublin Airport seized over 2.5kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of over €57,000.
The illegal drugs were found, with the assistance of detector dog Luca, when Revenue officers stopped and searched the checked baggage of a 27 year old UK national, who was travelling to Barcelona, Spain.
Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.
This operation is part of Revenue’s ongoing work targeting the importation of illegal drugs.
Man says Hull council ‘told him to put fly-tipped cannabis in his own bin’
Residents have been complaining about a strange aroma coming from the bags
A west Hull man has claimed Hull City Council told him to put a fly-tipped cannabis farm in his own bin.
The resident, who lives in Alexandra Street, west Hull, said he was shocked when four dumped bags containing super-strength fertiliser, bulbs, lamps and dried green leaves on his doorstep.
Believing the dumped bags contained the left overs from a cannabis grower, the resident called the council after discovering the rubbish left outside his home on Tuesday evening.
But he says he was shocked by the response he got.
“I rang the council to report it and the person I spoke to told me to move it myself and put it in my own bin,” said the resident.
“It’s not something I want to be touching and get my fingerprints all over the bags of drug paraphernalia.
There is no doubt in my mind that this was someone fly-tipping it because the contents are illegal. It’s contents from a cannabis grower, I’m sure of it.
It appeared on Tuesday evening but there could be anything in them bags. Needles, cannabis, other drugs, you just don’t know what’s in there.”
The resident said the bags “wreaked of the green stuff” and even found a drip covered in dry blood.
He added: “It’s a grim sight – you definitely don’t want that on your doorstep. I just hope that the council will come and remove it.
A spokesman for the council said it would not tolerate people fly-tipping rubbish and would collect dumped drug paraphernalia immediately.
They also denied any council member of staff would deliberately tell residents in the city to put fly-tipped rubbish in their own bin.
A council spokeswoman said: “In order to report fly-tipping, residents are advised to report it online by visiting www.hullcc.gov.uk or can call 01482 300 300.
We encourage residents to engage with us when they witness fly-tipping taking place, and to report any information they may have.
“This includes descriptions of those carrying out this anti-social behaviour, and vehicle registration number that will help secure prosecutions. If the council receive a report of fly-tipped drug paraphernalia, it is collected immediately as per the council’s protocol.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and we will not tolerate it. It blights neighbourhoods and is hazardous to people, animals and the environment.”
Earlier this week, around eight black bin liners containing the class B drug, soil, stones and large halogen lamps were discovered along a hedge row in Dunflat Road, close to Bisby Ponds, in Little Weighton.
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Ex-cop who smuggled cannabis oil for sick son will not face criminal or child protection investigation
The news came as a huge relief to the Unison Lothian Health worker who smuggled a cannabis medicine containing the controversial ingredient THC into the country from Holland earlier this year.
An ex-cop who smuggled cannabis oil into the country to save her sick son will not face a criminal or child protection investigation.
Lisa Quarrell was visited by police after admitting in a TV documentary that she brought medicine into Scotland illegally to treat Cole Thomson who has a rare form of epilepsy.
The campaigning East Kilbride mum feared she may lose her two boys, but today the 37-year-old was told she was “under no investigation” for criminality or child protection.
The news will come as a huge relief to the Unison Lothian Health worker who, earlier this year, smuggled a cannabis medicine containing the controversial ingredient THC into the country from Holland after getting a prescription from a doctor there.
And the good news couldn’t have come at a better time as today Cole celebrates his seventh birthday, 118 days seizure free.
Speaking exclusively to the East Kilbride News, Lisa said: “I’m so relieved at this outcome. Even though I know I did the only thing I could do to save my son’s life, having this hanging over me and my family has been awful.
“I got the news this morning just before heading out to celebrate Cole turning seven seizure-free and I cried with happy tears.
“I can now stop worrying and continue focusing on my boys.”
Lisa spent thousands of pounds bringing the drug Bedrolite back illegally but her son is now being prescribed cannabis oil legally by a private London hospital.
And this week we revealed Cole is the first child in the country to obtain the unlicensed cannabis oil legally from a local pharmacy after a East Kilbride pharmaceutical company agreed to import it ‘at cost’ for the family.
The firm are the first in Scotland to do so and are discussing how to take things forward to help more families.
But, even at cost price, a 10ml bottle of Bedrolite is £170 and lasts just four days meaning Lisa has to fundraise to pay the £700 a month prescription.
Lisa is now calling on Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman to authorise compassionate funding” for the drug from NHS Scotland.
She added: “Now we have one last hurdle, it’ll be the hardest yet, but I won’t stop until I have an NHS funded prescription.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “The circumstances were fully investigated and no criminality was established in terms of people brining medical cannabis into the country. If Police Scotland is made aware of an offence or receives any complaint it will be fully investigated and the appropriate action will be taken.”
The News has contacted South Lanarkshire Council for comment.
Cannabis factory found in Swansea house as 22 are arrested across the area
The arrests were for suspected crimes including assault, fraud, drugs and drink driving
A man has been arrested after police uncovered a cannabis factory in a Swansea suburb whilst looking for a wanted suspect.
The arrest was one of 22 made across South Wales Police’s Western division on Wednesday, July 24, as part of a day of action under Operation Melbourne.
Arrests were made for suspected offences including assault, fraud, drugs and drink driving.
The operation involved specialist force resources including the mounted section as well as local neighbourhood officers.
Police said that during the operation, PCSOs who were looking for a wanted suspect discovered a cannabis factory in a house in Bath Road, Morriston.
It consisted of eight plants and nine seedlings.
A man was arrested and released under investigation in connection with the incident.
Police inspector Dean Evans said: “The operation was all about acting on the information provided by our communities – we do listen and act on what you tell us.
“This day of action was just a highlight of the work which goes on daily to keep the communities of South Wales Police safe.”