Project Twenty21 - November Update

It’s certainly been an eventful past month for Project Twenty21! Drug Science and its supporters celebrated its achievements to date at the House of Lords in mid-October, which included a moving speech from our patient advocate, Lucy Stafford, detailing her journey with medical cannabis. 

As Medical Cannabis Awareness Week 2021 (MCAW) kicked off, we were saddened to receive news from Parliament that they were cancelling all events at the House of Lords due to increased COVID restrictions. We of course support Parliament's decision to protect the safety of its employees, but this did mean we were unable to go ahead with our planned event in collaboration with Medcan Support speaking with MPs about medical cannabis and paediatric epilepsy. We very much hope to reschedule this for the new year.

We did, however, release two new blog articles to mark the third anniversary of the legalisation of medical cannabis - including Alfie's Story (written by mother, Hannah Deacon) and 3 Years Since the UK Legalised Medical Cannabis, and Only 3 NHS Prescriptions which addresses the 2019 recommendations to reduce barriers to access, what's changed and what hasn't. Our Head of Research, Dr Anne Schlag, also spoke to BusinessCann about lacking patient access and how we might be able to move forward. Please do have a read and share of these articles to help raise awareness of the shockingly slow progress we have seen in these past 3 years.

Lucy Stafford speaking at Drug Science's House of Lords evening reception

And in even better news, MCAW 2021 was absolutely fantastic - a huge congrats to the team at PLEA for their impressive run of webinars through the week! Our very own Dr Anne Schlag and Rayyan Zafar took part in 'Research Roundtable' discussing the latest research and highlighting the need for real-world evidence in evolving medical cannabis access. Watch the webinar back here and catch up with the other webinars via PLEA's YouTube channel.

Patient quote of the month

“I am very grateful for a legal script of clean cannabis. Being able to access a regular supply of oil has been a tremendous blessing, thank you. The lack of interaction with dodgy dealers and dubious street drugs has benefitted me enormously.
I am much safer in my life.”

- Abheda, Chronic Pain patient

If you’re a T21 patient, you can share your own experience with us by filling out this form.

Our October data

This month's data nugget

A closer look at how and why we analyse the mood of patients enrolled with Project Twenty21...

Wales’ first medical cannabis clinic

This month we welcome the Cannabis Clinic Cardiff, the first medicinal cannabis clinic in Wales, to join our T21 Clinic Directory. Cannabis Health announced the news on their website yesterday and will be speaking with co-founder, Dr Dave Howells, in the coming weeks about how the clinic has been setup and why they have chosen to be part of T21 - so look out for that article coming soon! 

A Consultant Psychiatrist and expert in Old Age Psychiatry, Dr Howells is a real advocate of Project Twenty21 and is looking forward to being able to contribute to our data pool. The clinic’s approach is both patient-centric and clinician-led, collaborating with patients to devise a personalised healthcare plan. Both face-to-face and virtual appointments are available – click here to contact the clinic.

Co-founder of Cannabis Clinic Cardiff, Dr Dave Howells

Put up a poster in your GP waiting room!

We’ve created a poster that anyone can print off and put up in their doctor’s waiting room – providing you ask permission first of course! Simply download here and print at home. You can also tell your GP about our upcoming event…

Click on the poster, then download and print at home
For any GPs interested in learning more about prescribing medical cannabis and what you can do now, Drug Science will be hosting a one-off in-person and live-streamed conference in January especially for GPs. To register your interest, please email:  Details coming soon!

Medical cannabis on the Drug Science podcast

In the latest episode of the Drug Science podcast, Professor David Nutt and Professor Mike Barnes talk about medical cannabis. They discuss - should our future doctors obtain proper education on how to use botanical medicines? Should we change the way we think about drugs and treatments?

Events & Webinars

Analytical Cannabis Expo Europe Online 2021: 'Regulations, Policy and Industry Engagement - Panel Discussion' - 10th November
Dr Anne Schlag will be speaking at the second annual Analytical Cannabis Expo Europe, part of a series of international cannabis events focusing exclusively on the most important scientific developments in the industry. The event is designed with networking in mind and will allow attendees to meet like-minded individuals who share the common goal of advancing the science of cannabis in Europe and beyond. Register for free here. 

Cannabis Europa - 11th November
Cannabis Europa London will deliver cutting-edge knowledge from senior government officials, leading scientific experts and some of the most influential businesses in the industry - including some from the Drug Science team! In-person tickets are sold out, but you can grab a streaming ticket here for free.

Long COVID – Managing Symptoms with Cannabinoid Therapy webinar (for medical professionals only) - 30th November
Clinicians are invited to join the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society and BOD Australia to explore the role of cannabinoid therapy in managing Long COVID symptoms. Register for free here.

Digital Primary Care: 'Improving patient access to medical cannabis' (for medical professionals only) - 25th November
At 1.45pm, Dr Anne Schlag will present the research on medical cannabis coming out of Drug Science, then Mags Houston will talk about Drug Science's observational medical cannabis study, Project Twenty21. Click here to register.

Medical Cannabis Explained (training for medical professionals) - 2nd December 
Our next CPD certified training session for medical professionals is a perfect opportunity for doctors to ask questions face-to-face with our Clinical Director, Prof Mike Barnes. Find out more and register.

GCI Summit - 7-9th December
The GCI Summit is for global cannabis & psychedelics leaders, seeking new collaborators and industry insights. Dr Anne Schlag will appear on a panel alongside Dr Dani Gordon of the UKMCCS, Hannah Deacon and Matt Hughes from Medcan Support. To be considered for a complimentary ticket please click here.

How can you help?

As we analyse the data and receive more and more stories from patients, the importance of Project Twenty21 has never been clearer.

If you’d like to support Project Twenty21, to help us gather evidence for medical cannabis to be covered by the NHS, please consider a donation to Drug Science. Every little bit helps us continue the essential work that we do.


Missed our October update? Read what we were up to last month here.