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Medical Cannabis in the UK

Presented by Professor David Nutt

About this module:

In this learning module, one of the leading cannabis experts in the United Kingdom (UK), Professor David Nutt, talks to us about the history of medical use of cannabis in the UK, including how it came to be banned in the 1970’s then its medical use reinstated, in a limited way, in recent years. He also introduces us to Project Twenty21, a UK cannabis registry set up to capture data on safety, efficacy and tolerability of medical cannabis, focused on six main clinical conditions. Professor Nutt also shares some of the key data already generated bout its use in the UK.  
This presentation is suitable for healthcare practitioners and those with a background in biomedical sciences.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the history of medical use of cannabis in the UK prior to its prohibition.
  • Describe the events that saw medical use of cannabis banned in the UK then reinstated several decades later.
  • Explain the barriers to the roll-out of medical cannabis in the UK.
  • Explain how medical cannabis may be prescribed in the UK, and the conditions under the NICE Guidelines for which cannabis may be recommended.
  • Describe the aims of the Drug Science Org and its key project, Project Twenty21. 

Professor David Nutt

David Nutt is a psychiatrist and the Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in the Division of Brain Science, Imperial College London. He was previously President of the, European Brain Council, British Association of Psychopharmacology, British Neuroscience Association and European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

He is currently Founding Chair of and holds visiting Professorships at the Open University and University of Maastricht. In 2013 he won the John Maddox Prize from Nature/Sense about Science for standing up for science and in 2017 a Doctor of Laws hon causa from the University of Bath.
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