Medical cannabis in the UK - Nov. 13, 2019
In November 2018, The UK joined the ranks of many other forward-thinking countries and decided to legalise the use of medical cannabis1. This decision followed Uruguay, Canada’s ground-breaking ruling that legalised medical and recreational cannabis use. Marijuana is also legal for medical use in many states in the USA, although legislation has not followed at the federal level. Nonetheless, the cannabis industry is booming!
Benzodiazepine addiction and withdrawal - Oct. 16, 2019
Overcoming benzodiazepine addiction can be harder than quitting heroin! Everyone knows how terrible heroin withdrawal is but not many know that benzodiazepine withdrawal can be even worse. Benzodiazepines (or benzos) are some of the most prescribed medicines for insomnia and anxiety. You might think that since doctors prescribe benzodiazepines1, they can’t be too bad, right? Sadly, they are among the most abused medications by patients, alongside opioids. Many people who end up addicted to benzos start taking these drugs because their doctors told them to do so2. Problematic use rates are increasing worryingly quickly. So much so, that benzodiazepines are seen by some as the next prescription drug epidemic3. Make sure you stay safe when taking benzos and check our new guide on them (out soon!).
Can smoking cannabis cause cancer? - Aug. 21, 2019
We often hear about how cannabis might be able to cure cancer. What people ask less is whether cannabis can cause cancer. Well, smoking cannabis is 20 times more likely to cause cancer than tobacco! At least that’s according to the British Lung Foundation’s (BLF) 2012 special report on cannabis…