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Can cannabis provide an alternative to opioid painkillers in the UK?

Can cannabis provide an alternative to opioid painkillers in the UK?

The past few years have seen a rise in the use of opioids as pain killers, but these medicines are highly addictive. Medical cannabis...
New study shows escalation in UK opioid use over the last decade

New study shows escalation in UK opioid use over the last decade

A new study of two million opioid users has shown that prescriptions for the addictive drug codeine jumped by a factor of five between...
UK government responds to ACMD report on the misuse of fentanyl

UK government responds to ACMD report on the misuse of fentanyl

The UK government has responded to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) report on the misuse of fentanyl to confirm it...
Could COVID-19 provide a new target for non-opioid pain relief?

Could COVID-19 provide a new target for non-opioid pain relief?

COVID-19 could provide a new target for non-opioid pain relief according to new research, which has found that the virus can relieve pain. The findings...
Opioid addiction warnings to be strengthened in UK

Opioid addiction warnings to be strengthened in UK

Regulators in the UK are strengthening opioid addiction and dependence warnings on patient information labels and leaflets. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)...
Could ibogaine offer a revolutionary long-term solution to addiction?

Could ibogaine offer a revolutionary long-term solution to addiction?

Derived from the iboga plant, ibogaine is a psychoactive compound that could have huge potential as a long-term solution to addiction. ATAI Life Sciences...
How medical cannabis can help fight against the US opioid crisis

How medical cannabis can help fight against the US opioid crisis

Abuse of opioids is a real crisis and the US Government have worked hard to solve this issue, but it has endured over the...
Daily cannabis users with chronic pain less likely to use opioids

Daily cannabis users with chronic pain less likely to use opioids

Recent research has highlighted how daily cannabis users are less likely to use opioids to manage their chronic pain. Researchers from the BCCSU and University...
How to navigate the hidden hazards of the UK CBD market

How to navigate the hidden hazards of the UK CBD market

The CBD market is fast becoming a multi-billion-pound market thanks to the CBD health craze – hailed as a magic bullet for almost anything...
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Opioid Pandemic: more people knowingly use fentanyl

New research out of the University of British Columbia reveals that the use of the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, has doubled since 2015 Fentanyl is a...
Partnership for new drugs derived from cannabis to prevent vision loss

Partnership for new drugs derived from cannabis to prevent vision loss

A new partnership has been formed to license two new synthetic drug candidate formulations derived from cannabis. The cannabis research program at the University of...
Long-term use of opioids could increase risk of PTSD

Long-term use of opioids could increase risk of PTSD

Links have been drawn between long-term opioid use and increased risk of PTSD. According to a study published in Neuropsychopharmacology, long-term treatment with opioids could...
Binding mechanism of opioid receptor uncovered in new study

Binding mechanism of opioid receptor uncovered in new study

Researchers have uncovered the binding mechanism of an important pain receptor. The researchers have revealed the activation of the opioid receptor, which can be found...
Cannabis lowers odds of illicit opioid use in chronic pain patients

Cannabis lowers odds of illicit opioid use in chronic pain patients

Canada and America are currently experiencing an opioid crisis – with two million people suffering with an opioid disorder and more than 130 opioid...
Using medical cannabis to address addiction disorders

Using medical cannabis to address addiction disorders

An examination of how medical cannabis could be used to combat the abuse of various substances and addiction disorders. Humans enjoy sampling a variety of...
Snail venom to pain relief: how conotoxins can be used in pain therapy

Snail venom to pain relief: how conotoxins can be used in pain therapy

Conotoxins, found in the venom of the one of the sea’s deadliest creatures, the cone snail, have the potential to become a new class...
War on drugs failing: decriminalise possession says UK committee

War on drugs failing: decriminalise possession says UK committee

The Health Committee has said the UK’s war on drugs is failing as drug related deaths are now a public emergency. In a call for...
Growing use as old cannabis stereotypes are debunked

Growing use as old cannabis stereotypes are debunked

Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, but despite the therapeutic benefits of the plant, international regulators ultimately deemed it unsafe for...

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