The case of the Norwegian teen who died from synthetic cannabinoids

During the Easter holiday in 2015, 22-year-old Egil André Kvelstad Myhre was found dead in his apartment, after a cardiac arrest . Myhre was not a common drug user, as his family stated he had never done drugs before. Hours before his death, Myhre had attended a party in Namsos where he was introduced to  …


ACMD advice on cannabis-derived medicinal products

On 11 September 2018, the ACMD published its Advice to the Home Secretary and to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. It is a constructive document that highlights a number of issues and problems that this commentator has raised for some time. In some respects the document is nuanced. Doubtless in the  …

THCv - an abject cop-out from the ACMD, another research opportunity for the UK lost

The cannabis plant produces over 100 compounds with therapeutic potential. Most of these have never been properly studied because of the complications of researching any cannabis plant extract that might contain d9THC, the “stoning” element of the “herb”. D9THC and many related compounds are controlled under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act [MDAct1971]. Here they  …