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Cannabis and cancer: everything you need to know

From palliative pain management to the side-effects of chemotherapy, cannabis can support cancer patients in significant ways. Some studies even suggest that cannabis could help treat, and possibly prevent, certain types of the disease. Here’s what the science says. The statistics sound scary: one in two people living in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime. But fortunately, scientists are developing treatments that can truly kick cancer to the curb, with survival rates steadily increasing

Nature’s medicine: could cannabis be key in the fight for climate and biodiversity?

After decades of negotiations, almost 200 countries have agreed to a historic deal to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. Cannabis could help get them to the goal while slashing carbon emissions in the process. Planetary health is human health, and the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss threaten the very living systems we all depend on. But the good news is we already have the solutions. To re-regulate our climate, we first need the heaviest polluters among us to r

Voices: Talking green tech and the "S" in ESG with Lubomila Jordanova

What exactly is "green" technology and how can it help organisations with environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies? Lubomila Jordanova—CEO and co-founder of Plan A and co-founder of the Greentech Alliance—sits down with The Sustainability Project to talk about how green technology is necessary to power a sustainable future, but it is also only part of the solution. The Obama Leader for Europe shares her thoughts on the rise of of the "Chief Sustainability Officer" (and why women a

How are consumers using CBD? 7 key trends in Europe

A new report offers a hopeful picture of the current and future CBD landscape in Europe. We explore how, when, and why (or why not) people are using CBD products. CBD-infused products are popping up everywhere, from your local grocers to the high street pharmacy. The potential benefits of CBD are well reported, but how many people are actually incorporating it into their daily routines? Is there a growing appetite for CBD as cannabis (and attitudes around it) becomes increasingly liberated? A

Satanic herbs and royal medicine: a (brief) history of cannabis in the UK

Whether for fibre, food or medicine, cannabis has been a part of life for thousands of years. The stigma around it, however, is relatively new. Read on for an overview of the history of cannabis in the UK. Humans and cannabis have had a symbiotic relationship since the thawing of the Ice Age. Cannabis has been cultivated for fibre, food, medicine, religious purposes, and recreational amusement for around 12,000 years, spreading across Eurasia to almost every corner of the world through explora

Could medical cannabis play a role in treating substance misuse?

Dr Nat Wright, clinical advisor to European cannabis company AltoVerde, discusses how cannabis can play an important role in treating substance misuse and in alleviating the over-prescription of opioids. Medical cannabis became legal in the UK in 2018 and in the four years since, the number of patients has grown to upwards of 20,000. On the NHS, medical cannabis is prescribed for only a handful of conditions including epilepsy, nausea caused by chemotherapy, and multiple sclerosis-related musc

Cannabis and pregnancy: what the latest research says

The short- and long-term effects of prenatal cannabis use on both parent and child are still poorly understood. New research from North America sheds light on this sensitive topic. Some people consume cannabis during pregnancy to alleviate symptoms such as nausea, stress, insomnia, and pain (to name a few). Cannabis is also used to treat pregnant people who have pre-existing conditions including MS and epilepsy. But a growing body of research, albeit still very limited in scope, suggests that c

Voices: artificial intelligence, community and climate justice with Joycelyn Longdon

How do you solve a problem like the climate crisis when it is, in fact, the logical conclusion of deeply embedded, centuries-long exploitation of people and nature in the name of profit and power? As Joycelyn Longdon expresses throughout our interview, there is no “silver bullet” solution when the fundamental causes of climate change are complex and rooted in historical—and present—injustices. The founder of Climate in Colour and PhD student—currently focusing on the intersection of machine lear

Dry January: how cannabis can help cure the holiday hangover

The holidays can be a boozy blur of celebratory bevvies and festive cheer. But an almost month-long drinking binge can result in a hangover of whole-body proportions. Could cannabis help drink-lovers take a break from the tipple this Dry January? Whether it’s sparkling wine at the office party or festive G+T’s with friends, the holiday season is often synonymous with well-deserved indulgence. One 2019 survey suggests that in the UK, almost two-thirds of drinkers imbibe more than usual throughou

What does a legal cannabis market in Germany mean for medical access?

Germany is likely to legalise the adult-use of recreational cannabis in 2024, but what does this mean for the country’s medical cannabis community? Cannabis is not a dirty secret in Germany. Tens of thousands of patients—potentially more than 1% of the population—benefit from medical access, with the country’s medical cannabis market one of the largest and most developed in Europe. Additionally, according to German Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach, an estimated four million people al
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