Brian Cox ditched as patron after Scottish film star admits smoking cannabis

Brian Cox ditched as patron after Scottish film star admits smoking cannabis

The chairwoman of the Mid-Lin Daycare Centre in Dundee said her facility could no longer be associated with the 73-year-old due to his drug misuse.


A day centre for the elderly has ditched Hollywood star Brian Cox as its patron after he admitted smoking cannabis.


Joyce McIntosh, chairwoman of the Mid-Lin Daycare Centre, in Dundee , said she was “shocked” and “disappointed” by the revelation.


Cox, 73, originally from Dundee, said he first took the drug at 50 and described it as “wonderful”, adding: “I recommend it to everyone – get stoned.” His views have been slammed by Scottish drugs misuse campaigners.


Joyce said in light of Dundee’s well-documented drug problems, the centre could no longer be associated with the actor.

She added: “Dundee is drug-ridden we just can’t support Brian’s views on cannabis .

“We are shocked and disappointed. I couldn’t actually believe it when I read the papers – he has a CBE and all these awards and honorary positions and next thing, we’re seeing that he’s telling people to get stoned.


Cox, an Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner, has been a patron of the Broughty Ferry-based charity for four years.


Cox said: “I am sorry to hear that Mid-Lin Day Care Centre were shocked and disappointed by my comments regarding marijuana, which were actually made in good humour.

“To clarify, I am a firm believer in the medicinal benefits of marijuana and have partaken in its use in places where it is legal to do so.

“I wish Mid-Lin the best in all their future endeavours.”

Woman caught with £40k of cannabis given a second chance

Woman caught with £40k of cannabis given a second chance


A WOMAN who claimed her £40,000 worth of cannabis was for ‘personal use’ has been spared prison.


Meena Katara, 48, of Dudgeon Drive, Oxford, admitted one count of producing a controlled drug of class B – cannabis on December 19.

Officers discovered the huge haul of drugs at her home on April 23, 2018.


Two tents were found to be cultivating some 16 plants in each, with the value of the drugs estimated to be £16,000 wholesale and £40,000 if sold separately on the street.


Yesterday, Judge Maria Lamb gave Katara a two-year community order, a nine-month drug rehabilitation requirement, 120 hours of unpaid work and £15,000 in costs to pay.

She said: “If you don’t carry out the requirements then you will come back before the court and will be sentenced, where you can expect at least three years in prison if this doesn’t work.

“It’s not gone away but I’m giving you the chance. It’s better for you to get on this programme now. You’ve got the chance to show me that the 21 months spent out of trouble is good, and you know what will happen if you don’t – so take this opportunity.”


Defending, James Reilley said in court that Katara is ‘trustworthy’, ‘hardworking’ and someone who has ‘suffered with trauma’.

He told the judge that she has experienced mental health problems and suffered a bereavement.

He said: “She has suffered from depression and anxiety for quite some time and this culminated in her decision to start growing this cannabis.

“She grew the cannabis because she felt unsafe to buy it as a single woman.”


Mr Reilley also spoke of how, almost two years since being caught growing the plant, Katara has ‘turned her life around’ by becoming a personal trainer at the gym where she works.

He said that with a custodial sentence, she would lose her house and job.


When Katara stood in the witness box at Oxford Crown Court in December she claimed she was ‘not really aware’ of the scale of cannabis she was growing.

She claimed that she borrowed the equipment to set up the operation and that her first effort was a ‘disaster’.

She said: “It’s not nice, so I just heard that people grow it and I thought ‘why don’t I grow it’?”


But drugs expert Paul Duffin gave evidence that the cannabis yield would ‘absolutely not’ be consistent with personal use.

He said: “If someone was growing cannabis for their own personal use they would certainly not need two tents each capable of producing 16 plants.

“It is far beyond what anyone could say was suitable for personal use.”


Judge Lamb disagreed with Katara’s reason, saying it would have helped her case if she had told the court who had given her the equipment to grow the cannabis.

She said: “Perhaps she [Katara] should be more forthcoming about who lent her this equipment. This was going to find it’s way back into the supply chain. This wasn’t for personal use.

“You were turning a blind eye that this was going to get back out.”

Sunderland man who grew cannabis farm in his bedroom to ‘self medicate’ spared jail

Sunderland man who grew cannabis farm in his bedroom to ‘self medicate’ spared jail

Police found a growing “farm” in a bedroom at Connor Ramsay’s home that contained two tents being used to grow a total of 11 cannabis plants.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the crop could have produced cannabis worth up to £9,000.

Ramsay, who also had a small jar of cannabis oil and some cannabis resin, said he used the drug because prescribed medication made him into a “zombie”.

The case was heard at Newcastle Crown Court.

Prosecutors accepted the 25-year-old had grown the drugs for his own use.

Lee Fish, prosecuting, told the court: “There is no evidence which the prosecution can rely on which demonstrates that he was involved in the supply of cannabis.”

Ramsay, of Theme Road, Sunderland, admitted producing and possessing cannabis.

Vic Laffey, defending, said Ramsay, who has since set up his own business, used the drug to ease depression and as a painkiller for a long-standing shoulder problem he developed as a teen.

Mr Laffey added: “He received medication which made him feel extremely unwell and as a result he began to self medicate and began to grow his own cannabis.

“He understands he needs to make changes and understands he needs to explore alternative ways of dealing with the problems that led him to use cannabis.”

Mr Recorder Angus Withington sentenced Ramsay to to a community order for 12 months with rehabilitation requirements.

The judge told him: “Anyone involving themselves in any respect with unlawful drugs, cannabis or otherwise, risks significant penalties.”

Become Fluent in Cannabis Sublinguals

Become Fluent in Cannabis Sublinguals


As we enter this new era where weed is a wellness thing, sublinguals are on everyone’s tongue — or under, as the case may be. They’re the DL alternative to edibles and vaping. Although stigmas over cannabis are breaking down every day, many people want to keep their usage to themselves. Maybe you live with family or in an apartment building with a strict manager or, ahem, nosy neighbors, so you don’t want to light up. But discretion isn’t the only perk.

So what are sublinguals, and how do they work?

The word sublingual may sound like something out of a humanities course catalog for an obscure ecological phenomenon, but it simply means something placed under your tongue, where it dissolves immediately. In fact, that’s all this term means, under the tongue. Our mouths’ mucous membranes are quite permeable, which makes them a rapid delivery system for substances. If you’ve ever had one of those extremely potent Listerine PocketPack strips, you have an idea of what a sublingual is. When it comes to cannabis, a sublingual acts in the same way.

Generally strips or little tablets, these magical weed-delivery systems help cannaisseurs steer clear of smoke, but also take effect faster than edibles and tincture-infused drinks (though you can take some tinctures sublingually). You’ll typically feel the effects of sublinguals within 15 to 30 minutes, compared with edibles, which take closer to 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the ingredients. Smoking and vaping are, of course, almost instantaneous.

Also unlike edibles, sublinguals bypass the gastrointestinal tract where enzymes can transform delta-9 THC (the primary active ingredient of cannabis) before you absorb it, converting it into 11-hydroxy THC, which is more psychoactive. That’s why your bad trips are more likely to result from edibles rather than from smoking or vaping. 

Sublinguals get around this by dissolving in your mouth, avoiding the breakdown, and giving you a more controllable high. You usually get an “I can still do things and I’m feeling really lovely about it” high with sublinguals (sleep aid-type varieties are the obvious exception here). It’s a similar vibe to vaping, but with an often slightly heightened body high, though that varies by factors like dose and brand.

Cannabis sublinguals allow for dosing control in addition to their speedy efficacy. For example, Kin Slips, a popular California brand, come in microdoses of 5 milligrams per strip or standard 10-milligram doses, with various formulations that all have different intended effects (energizing, relaxing, pain-relieving, etc.). dosist, known for its medicinal, single-use vape pens, recently got into the sublingual business with its “dose dial” devices. The dial dispenses one dissolvable 3.7-milligram tablet at a time (the dials come with 30 tablets). Colorado-based SUM Microdose makes a similar product, sublingual tablets with a maximum 2.5 milligrams of THC. 

Part of why companies offer lower potency sublinguals isn’t just for harm reduction; it’s also because it’s hard to pack a standard 10-milligram dose or more into a little strip without getting a strong taste. Lower-dose strips taste more like mint (or other flavoring) and less like cannabis. That being said, the flower taste of a 10-milligram sublingual is comparable to a strong edible. Sublingual tinctures offer the least pleasant mouthfeel, but that’s mostly because they’re often oil-based for better absorption. In the case of sublingually-applied tinctures, however, you get the benefit of feeling like a mad scientist using the little dropper to deliver a mellow high.

In general, as long as the sublingual product is placed under your tongue (not on the top), you should feel the effects within 15 minutes. Flavors vary from brand to brand, but they tend to taste either fruity or minty, so a final word of warning: don’t confuse the latter with your mouthwash strips!

Edibles: SQDC now carries cannabis tea, but no chocolates or treats
MG – Edibles: SQDC now carries cannabis tea, but no chocolates or treats (2020-Jan-7)



Users are cautioned that effects may take 30 minutes to an hour to appear, and could last “up to eight hours or more.”


Each tea bag contains 0.1 milligrams of THC and 10 mg of CBD.



Vapes are legal in Quebec, but the SQDC has decided not to sell them due to health concerns.





New Cannabinoid Found With 30x the Potency of THC

New Cannabinoid Found With 30x the Potency of THC

THCP, a cannabinoid recently discovered by Italian researchers, appears to have an affinity for CB1 receptors that is “more than thirty-fold higher” than that of THC.

Researchers at Italy’s University of Salento have discovered two new cannabinoids – THCP and CBDP – and THCP could be more potent than THC, according to an outline of the study by the Growth Op. In tests on mice, researchers found that THCP showed “an affinity for CB1 receptor more than thirty-fold higher compared to the one reported for THC.”

“THCP is endowed of an even higher binding affinity for CB1 receptor and a greater cannabimimetic activity than THC itself.” –  “A novel phytocannabinoid isolated from Cannabis sativa L. with an in vivo cannabimimetic activity higher than Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol: Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabiphorol,” Nature Research, 2019

The other compound – CBDP – reportedly doesn’t bind well to CB1 or CB2 receptors which doesn’t make the cannabinoid a priority for further research; however, the researchers said that THCP “should be included in the list of the main phytocannabinoids to be determined for a correct evaluation of the pharmacological effect of the cannabis extracts administered to patients.”

According to the study, new research will continue to test how THCP cannabinoid acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-epileptic activity – the health benefits most associated with CBD.

The research brings the total number of discovered cannabinoids in the cannabis plant to 150, though the researchers note that “most of them have neither been isolated nor characterized.” The two new cannabinoids “were isolated and fully characterized” by researchers “and their absolute configuration was confirmed by a stereoselective synthesis.”

The researchers suggest that “other varieties of cannabis may contain even higher percentages” of THCP.

ILLEGAL HIGH Super-strength ‘glass’ cannabis that’s FOUR times stronger than weed flogged to British teens on Instagram

ILLEGAL HIGH Super-strength ‘glass’ cannabis that’s FOUR times stronger than weed flogged to British teens on Instagram

DEALERS are using Twitter and Instagram to flog new ultra-strength “glass” cannabis costing almost as much as gold, a Sun Online probe reveals.

British-based drug pushers are using the social-media websites to advertise the potent products – some even brazenly posting videos of their illegal weed farms.

It is over four times stronger than high-strength plant cannabis
Our investigation found the new ultra-powerful form of the drug – known as cannabis concentrates – are now flooding the UK market and they are so strong they can spark psychosis and make some users pass out.

Web dealers are constantly advertising the concentrates, known as shatter, dabs or wax, and just one gram of the product can go for as much as £30.

Shatter is a rapidly growing party of the legal marijuana market in the US but illegal pushers in the States are flogging the drug to UK dealers and its now becoming more and more popular to Brit users.

We found dozens of Instagram pages advertising the weed extracts in London, Glasgow, Kent, the West Midlands and Newcastle to name a few.

The ultra-strong substance – which either comes in a glass or wax-like form – has extraordinarily high THC levels ranging from 40 to 80 per cent and can have extreme effects on users.

THC is the chemical found in cannabis which gets users stoned.


Shatter is four times stronger than high-grade “weed” sold by street dealers, which is usually less than 20 per cent THC.

Some producers advertise the purity of shatter as being as high as 97.5 per cent THC.

Instagram told us it has a trained team of reviewers who check reports of drug pushers “24/7 and work quickly to remove” them.

And experts have warned of the dangers of the drug saying it can even cause some people to lose consciousness.

A statement from global drug rehab firm, The Cabin Group, said: “While an overdose is not typically deadly, the potency of shatter can cause users to pass out, enter temporary drug induced psychosis, cause panic attacks, and create an uncomfortable high.

“Even pro-cannabis advocates are concerned about the increase — stating that such overdoses never happened until more potent concentrates such as shatter became popular.

“And, with more intense highs, comes quicker tolerance and the need to do more and more of the drug – which easily leads to dependence.”

Shatter is legal in a number of states in the US – where many UK dealers buy their product from in bulk.

Instagram is helping the UK drug pushers to provide so-called “dial-a-deal” services for the product imported from The States.

Dozens of accounts linked to dealers in our cities included photographs of the drug on offer.


High-strength plant strains branded with names such as “Wedding Cake”, “Gittlez”, “Star Dawg” and “Gelato” are also being widely flogged.

All have a THC content of around 28 per cent, compared to the typical 15 per cent average for domestically grown products.

We discovered there is currently a craze for so-called “Cali” type cannabis which can also change hands for upwards of £30 for a gram.

This is three times the normal price and it commonly comes in small sealed tins with a ring-pull lid.

In an attempt to disguise their activities, drug dealers write that their goods are “not for sale”, while providing phone numbers and usernames for encrypted messaging apps, such as Wickr, for teens to contact them.

Dealers also use emojis as a code to advertise drugs without breaking social media rules.

A horse represents ketamine, a nose or a snowflake represents cocaine, while a pig, rat or snake denotes another user who has reported an account to moderators or the police, the report said.

Once users make contact with the dealers, a meeting is arranged to hand over the drugs or they can be sent in the post.

Dealers will often include warnings on their online profiles urging customers against suspicious private messages over fears of police entrapment.

Types of cannabis

Hash/cannabis resin
A black or brown lump which is not seen in the UK very often anymore.

This is the most common form of cannabis.It is composed of the dried leaves and flowering parts of the cannabis plant and resembles compressed dried herbs.

Cannabis oil
Cannabis oil is a sticky, thick yellowy/brown liquid.

Cannabis concentrates
A super-strength type of cannabis which comes in a glass-like form or can look like wax.

Much of the cannabis in use in the UK is homegrown either under grow lights or in greenhouse conditions using ‘hydroponic’ techniques like growing plants in nutrient-rich liquids rather than in soil.This produces a stronger more potent form of the drug which is sometimes referred to as Skunk.


Many accounts included warning such as: “Nothing is for sale. Bait DMs will not be tolerated,” “no sales, stop asking,” or even “no sales, educational purposes”.

One page we came across said: “Do not sell. All weed pics are from legal grows and are for personal use.”

Cali is commanding prices in the UK that almost match the value of gold.

In the UK, domestic cannabis is generally sold for around £30 for 3.5 grams tut high-strength Cali can sell for £100 or more.

Cali typically sells for £30 per gram – in comparison 22 carat scrap gold can be bought for around £31.61 a gram.

One UK cop chief has fired a warning at users and producers of shatter – adding the production process can be potentially deadly.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Cairns, of Northumbria Police organised crime team, said: “It is stronger than your normal cannabis, but the real danger is to those who are producing the drug in the first place.

“Not only is it illegal but you have to use highly flammable butane gas to strip the chemicals from the plants and that puts you at huge risks.”

He added: “Buying and selling illicit substances online is a serious criminal offence which could ultimately land you behind bars.

“Don’t be naïve enough to think that the law does not apply or we won’t catch up with you because you’re using an online platform.

The Government has been urged to force Instagram and Snapchat to report drug dealers after a quarter of young people said they had seen cannabis, coke or other drugs advertised while browsing social networking apps.

The report by the think tank Volteface revealed a quarter of 16 to 24-year-olds have seen illegal drugs advertised for sale on social media sites or apps.

In a matter of hours, Sun Online found dozens of Instagram pages advertising shatter and high-strength plant cannabis.

An Instagram spokesman said: “We don’t allow the sale or purchase of illegal or prescription drugs on Instagram and we work closely with the police to detect and keep illegal material off our platform.

“We encourage anyone to report this kind of content immediately so we can review and take appropriate action.”

Our story comes a week after we revealed how the impact this is having on the NHS.


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