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NHS Launches the First Cannabis Psychosis Clinic

Stacey Wellington

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NHS Cannabis Clinic

The National Health Service (NHS) has recently launched UK’s first clinic aimed to treat cannabis psychosis. According to the Daily Mail, the center launches with Dr. Marta Di Forti at the helm, a leading psychosis doctor at the clinic.

The center, having launched early in June, is located in South London. News sites report that the NHS was forced to open the clinic following reports of increasing cannabis-induced psychosis patients. The clinic is funded by the Maudsley Charity.

Widespread Problem of Cannabis Psychosis

The primary problem stems from a number of users who have been using ‘skunk,’ a type of cannabis strain that presents a potent effect. For marijuana users, the skunk refers to any Cannabis strains possessing a high amount of THC – a compound of Cannabis responsible for  the ‘high’ feeling. The Telegraph reports that prolonged usage of this not only results in psychosis, but also modifies the structure of the brain.

Marta Di Forti

Dr Marta Di Forti @ Psichiatria Sociale ‘Cannabis and development of psychosis in adolescents‘ talk.

In a report published by the Daily Star, Dr. Forti mentions that two-thirds of her patients have been linked to using cannabis. One of the clinic’s patients, a former teacher trainee, no longer has the capacity to read a book due to extensive and prolonged use of the skunk cannabis strain, states Telegraph.

Dr. Di Forti relays that the patient previously had “a degree and professional skills but because he’s stoned all day, he can’t even read a book at the moment. He was training to be a teacher before cannabis took over his life but right now his main goal is simply to be able to use his brain again.

Type of Approach

The NHS aims to rehabilitate patients through a three-month program. This approach hopes to prevent users from relying on the skunk substance ever again. CBD can be use to treat substance addiction.

As a result of the intended approach, the center hopes to stop the occurrence of hallucinations, reportedly a direct result of the psychosis. Through this treatment, the NHS clinic aspires to eliminate the paranoia and distress that is associated with ingesting skunk, states Telegraph.

The Daily Mail notes that the treatment approach includes therapy sessions, motivational meetings, and using anti-psychotic medication.

Despite a strong, solid treatment plan, Dr. Di Forti says that the problem arises if “you’re trying to do all these things to help patients with their psychotic episodes, they are smoking from half-an-hour after they wake up until just before they go to bed, so they’re basically stoned all the time,” says the Daily Mail.

The clinic launching comes just after calls for legalization of cannabis for recreational use in the country, states the Daily Mail.

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The State of Cannabis in Washington State: Things To Know in 2021

Jordan Webber

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The Pacific Northwest is well known for its beautifully lush landscapes, crisp apples, fresh air, and progressive lifestyle/health views. Being the only state named after a United States president(George Washington), Washington is a place many happily and willingly call home or their sanctuary.  

In terms of other well-knowns, Washington state was one of the first to legalize cannabis for recreational use nearly a decade ago (2012 to be exact). As long as you are 21 years old or older and reside in the state, you can privately partake in the consumption of cannabis without any legal ramifications. This has been an appeal to many across the country, with some actually moving to the state for this reason.

In 2021, and with the dawn of a new administration in the White House, marijuana looks to have a very bright few years ahead. We’ve already seen an emergence of pot stocks and hometown dispensaries budding up all around the United States and the rest of North America, and that only looks to continue into the near future.

If you’re in the mood to finally take the leap into using cannabis, now could be a great time to learn more about this wonderful plant and its many healing and rejuvenating properties. 

What is it used for mainly in 2021?

Cannabis was once thought only to be good for “getting high.” There has been a plethora of scientific research giving us a better understanding of this miracle plant. It has been used to treat Cancer, Epilepsy, Seizures, Glaucoma, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammation, and even Alzheimer’s disease. In 2021 after a rough 2020, many have been using it as a healthier way to indulge at home, protecting themselves from the ongoing pandemic. Instead of frequent alcohol consumption, there has been a larger shift towards the consumption of cannabis as it has been stated to be less harmful to vital organs like the heart and liver. Alcohol also creates a lot of inflammation within the body, whereas cannabis reportedly fights inflammation. 

Best places to buy it in 2021?

The best places to purchase your cannabis are from state-licensed retailers in Washington. Purchasing weed through private means(aka black-market) is still illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Make sure to do your due diligence when seeking reputable dispensaries as there are “pop-up shops” that claim being licensed but are not, and purchasing from them could result in a hefty fine or even jail time. 

Per WeedMaps, Medical marijuana patients may purchase and possess up to:

  • 3 ounces of marijuana, or 85 grams;
  • 48 ounces, or 1.36 kilograms of marijuana-infused products in solid form;
  • 1.69 gallons, or 6.4 liters of marijuana-infused products in liquid form, or; 
  • 21 grams of marijuana concentrate.

Washington state cannabis Legislation in 2021

As far as growing and cultivation of marijuana for personal use, this is still illegal. Washington cannabis laws are more liberal than other states, but there are still many restrictions, such as not being able to consume it in “public view”. The most notable push in the cannabis space in Washinton state is a bill for home cultivation.

Conclusion

Washington is a great place to visit and, for many, is one of the best places to call home due to its stance on cannabis consumption. With 2021 being a year of progression, it looks like the state of cannabis in Washington will only continue to shine.

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Topical CBD for Pain: Does it Even Work? [VIDEO]

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CBD for Pain

CBD is now known all over the world as a pain reducer and an anti-inflammatory substance. The most common ways of consuming it is by taking it orally or through smoking or inhalation. Now, this video will further explore the effectiveness of topical CBD for pain.

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CBD and Inflammation – Morning Marijuana News [VIDEO]

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CBD and Inflammation

Inflammation is our body’s natural response when it is being harmed. However, severe or prolonged inflammation can be debilitating. This is where CBD comes in along with its proven anti-inflammatory properties. This video gives us a better idea on how exactly CBD fights inflammation.

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