What is cannabis oil?

What is cannabis oil?

The market for cannabis oil is booming in the UK. Several high-profile stories purporting to extol its medicinal benefits have added to its popularity. So, what exactly is cannabis oil? Well firstly, the name is misleading. It’s not cannabis oil that is for sale...
Cocaine delivered quicker than pizza

Cocaine delivered quicker than pizza

It’s not exactly a claim to be proud of, but Scotland has topped the list of countries who snort the most amount of cocaine in one sitting; and 30% claim they can have the drug delivered faster than a pizza. The results from Global Drug Survey highlight that Scots...
Is ketamine a new therapy for depression?

Is ketamine a new therapy for depression?

Ketamine could soon lose its reputation as a party drug and become hailed as the first new drug for depression in 35 years. Its primary use is as a powerful general anaesthetic to stop humans and animals feeling pain during operations. However, a clinical trial has...
Alcohol services in crisis

Alcohol services in crisis

Services for people struggling with alcohol dependency have reached a crisis point, according to a new study. Only 12% of 154 health professionals linked to the sector felt that resources in their area were sufficient. In the report from recently merged Alcohol...
Student drug use needs support not discipline

Student drug use needs support not discipline

The first ever survey of student drug use by the National Union of Students (NUS) has concluded that institutions are failing to protect students from the potential harms of drugs. The NUS recommends that drug-using students should be given advice and support instead...
Approval of cannabis-derived drug moves closer

Approval of cannabis-derived drug moves closer

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expert advisory panel has voted by 13–0 to recommend approval of a cannabis-based oral solution to treat two forms of severe epilepsy. Made by GW Pharma in the UK, Epidiolex is a cannabidiol (CBD) product derived from the...
A new twist on the structure of DNA

A new twist on the structure of DNA

The double helix structure of DNA has been known to all since its discovery in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. But now, scientists are scratching their heads as a new form of DNA has been found inside human cells. Named i-motif, the form looks more like a...
DNA tests could bring Devon pirate home

DNA tests could bring Devon pirate home

Blackbeard, Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook are well known pirates, but another name should be added to this list: Black Sam Bellamy. Called the most successful pirate of all time, experts believe his remains have been found in a shipwreck in the Cape Cod peninsula in...