Weed, cigarettes and Irn-Bru, with Julia Hartley-Brewer

The talkRADIO host joins Snowdon and Slater to discuss the latest nanny-state news.

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On the latest episode of Last Orders, our nanny-state podcast, Chris Snowdon and Tom Slater are joined by talkRADIO host Julia Hartley-Brewer to discuss cannabis legalisation, Theresa May’s prohibitionist legacy, and how the sugar tax ruined Scotland’s favourite fizzy drink.

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Peter Simmons

12th August 2019 at 9:50 am

Winston Stanley ‘A purified form of cannabidiol has recently been licensed in the USA as a treatment for rare childhood epilepsies’.
1) This suggests all other CBD is unpurified. It isn’t, the extraction is done with CO2, and there is no contamination.
2) You have not only swallowed the hype about it treating two rare forms of childhood epilepsy, but have failed to mention that this product is manufactured in the UK by GWPharma, owned and operated by Theresa May’s husband. It is apoparently the only company given a ‘licence’ by the government to manufacture ‘cannabis medicine’ but from their website, paring down the PR dressing, it is simply ‘CBD, or cannabidiol’ that they claim they have spent since 1998 developing!
CBD treats epilepsy, as well as all the other conditions already known about such as chronic pain, glaucoma, insomnia and anxiety [to name just a few], not just two rare forms of childhood epilepsy, as claimed; yet more of the disinformation surrounding the cannabis plant and its 114 known cannabinoids. I have personally treated my epileptic dog with it, and two drops of 25% CBD oil at the back of the mouth stops a seizure in a few seconds. I buy this from one of the reputable suppliers who were the first to make it available in the UK. GWPharma has been attempting to produce something they can claim is special and which they can patent, but it is simply CBD, and available elsewhere much more cheaply in a variety of strengths, from 4% to 30%, in capsules or dropper bottle liquid.
GWPharma’s product is exported and not available in the UK. The kids who’ve been taken out of the country to get treatment could have been treated in the UK if it weren’t for the disinformation still being pumped out.

Winston Stanley

13th August 2019 at 5:47 am

“You have not only swallowed the hype blah blah blah”

Maybe you should try some skunk instead.

Winston Stanley

6th August 2019 at 8:01 pm

You can add drops of CBD oil to your vape fluid. CBD is perfectly legal, always has been. I have a tank on the go now. It is relaxing. Likely your vape shop stocks it. CBD buds are also perfectly legal and you can get them online. https://www.cbdnol.com/ CBD can be used in vape or puff to rebalance the high THC ratio of skunk – if you want to. CBD has various health and mental benefits, search for info.

Hana Jinks

6th August 2019 at 8:29 pm

I was living in a suss country, and the landscape has changed so much. I only tried that for the first time a coupla months ago. What would happen if you smoked the cbd buds?

Wonder if l could import that into Aus…

Hana Jinks

6th August 2019 at 8:39 pm

Unfortunately not.

Winston Stanley

6th August 2019 at 8:59 pm

Hanah, buds have full spectrum cannabinoids but so does the cbd juice that I am vaping. It is mildly psychoactive, but so is a cup of tea. The precise effect would depend on the strain of bud and the cannabinoid balance. The beneficial effect of CBD on the brain has been demonstrated in clinal trials.

> Research from King’s College London has found that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results from a new MRC-funded trial, published in JAMA Psychiatry, provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms.
Cannabidiol, also referred to as CBD, is a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis. A purified form of cannabidiol has recently been licensed in the USA as a treatment for rare childhood epilepsies, and a 2017 King’s College London trial has demonstrated cannabidiol has anti-psychotic properties…

The researchers studied a group of 33 young people who had not yet been diagnosed with psychosis but who were experiencing distressing psychotic symptoms, along with 19 healthy controls. A single dose of cannabidiol was given to 16 participants while the other 17 received a placebo.
All participants were studied in an MRI scanner while performing a memory task which engages three regions of the brain known to be involved in psychosis.
As expected, the brain activity in the participants at risk of psychosis was abnormal compared to the healthy participants. However, among those who had cannabidiol, the abnormal brain activity was less severe than for those who received a placebo, suggesting cannabidiol can help re-adjust brain activity to normal levels.
The influence of cannabidiol on these three brain regions could underlie its therapeutic effects on psychotic symptoms.

Hana Jinks

6th August 2019 at 9:11 pm

Thank you so much for all of the incredibly interesting and informative posts that you put up.

Hana Jinks

6th August 2019 at 11:27 pm

Sorry, the Ecclesiastes answer is getting modded because we can’t say Jhoo.

Peter Simmons

12th August 2019 at 10:01 am

There are a lot of scammers gathering wround this ‘goldrush’ and in recent tests, several samples were found to be contaminated, and one had zero CBD in it. About five companies’ CBD was found to be both pure and accurately dosed. Buying it in a ‘vape shop’ is likely the most risky way, as they not only have no idea what they are buying, but will probably go for the cheapest, which may not even contain CBD. Legit suppliers have certificates of purity measured by real scientists.
Since it’s now been found that nicotine causes psychosis as well as being addictive, it’s likely the rise of vaping will result in an epidemic of psychosis at some point, even if lung cancer rates drop, and perhaps mouth cancer rates will rise since vapour gets absorbed in the mouth. Rather than a method of reducing addiction to tobacco, vaping seems to have become a thing to some, with displays of vapour clouds in high streets being a substitute for smoking. As usual, the public is the guinea pig.
As confirmation, smoking cannabis without tobacco has been shown to be without risk of lung cancer, the act of smoking itself bot being harmful, the only difference is cannabis smokers have 20% greater lung capacity.

Winston Stanley

13th August 2019 at 5:21 am

The cbd fluid that I use is fine. I do not know why you would assume that local vape shops would try to pass off junk on the customers – or that customers would let them.

‘When buying a CBD product always use a brand that is made in the UK, has ISO9001:2015 accredited manufacturing processes, GMP certification and INDEPENDENT lab testing on all of their products, like LVWell CBD.’ https://livewellcbd.co.uk/

Hana Jinks

6th August 2019 at 1:49 pm

There was a march through London on Saturday by thousands of supporters of a political prisoner of your government.

Why are you ignoring this situation?

Jim Lawrie

6th August 2019 at 6:37 pm

It is their publication and they print as they see fit.
Write an article and submit it for consideration.
Or apply for the editor’s job?

Hana Jinks

6th August 2019 at 7:10 pm

I guess it’s a fair point on the face of it, Dim Bawrie, until you consider that they’ve chosen to ignore a story going on in their own city….ummmm, on a so-called political website, about an actual, political prisoner.

And taking into account the Assange situation, then we’re up to two, and counting.

I really enjoy talking to you, Dim Bawrie, and l plan on doinfg lots more of it from now on.

Hana Jinks

6th August 2019 at 7:39 pm

Feel free to dialecticize on this kind of thing at any time, Christopher.

Hana Jinks

7th August 2019 at 12:00 am

And I’m referring to the political-prisoners situation, as opposed to the shooting-kommies-in-barrel situation.

Winston Stanley

6th August 2019 at 7:45 pm

Luke Gittos wrote on the subject in mid July. The search function above will find it for you. spiked’s position is that TR has been justly convicted for breaking legal restrictions on reporting on the case before it was concluded, restrictions of which TR was full aware.

Their position is that there are some issues that should be taken seriously but it would be mistake to let TR cloud matters with his antics. It is not about him, and him getting himself arrested does not change that. He may have a valid point that he himself is subject to harassment but the way to deal with that is not to invite the harassment of others.

Likely he will be facing another court case once he gets out, for punching a soccer fan from behind. It seems that TR does not care how many times he is locked up, it has become a part of his bread and butter.

> Tommy Robinson, the ex-leader of the English Defence League, has been sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment after being found guilty of contempt of court. Two Old Bailey judges concluded that Robinson’s decision to film the defendants in a grooming-gang trial, outside Leeds Crown Court in May 2018, not only interfered with the trial but encouraged ‘vigilante action’.

One can see why the judges thought so. Robinson approached the defendants last year as they arrived at court demanding to know their thoughts on the trial, and then asked why the press was not harrassing them as it had harrassed Robinson – which the judge deemed, given the wider context, to be an invitation to Robinson’s supporters ‘to engage in vigilante action’. The trial was covered by reporting restrictions which made it illegal to report details of the case until its conclusion.

Ever since the verdict, Robinson’s supporters have claimed he is the victim of state oppression. Commentator Katie Hopkins claimed Robinson had been ‘convicted of journalism’, echoing the words on the t-shirt Robinson wore to his own sentencing. Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-right politician, said Robinson had been handed a ‘death sentence’ and invited world leaders to intervene. Robinson’s detractors have been even more vocal, celebrating his conviction as a victory against fascism and intolerance.

Robinson was ill-advised to report on the Leeds Crown Court trial in the way he did. The idea that his conviction for contempt of court is evidence of state oppression rather ignores the fact that Robinson himself knew he risked imprisonment when he decided to broadcast the footage of the defendants. He knew that the trial came with reporting restrictions, and he still decided to risk breaking them.

Hana Jinks

7th August 2019 at 2:23 pm

The trial was over, and so the restrictions no longer applied and bbc had already made public the identities of the two guilty men. They’ve fitted him up. They don’t like opposition to the importation of you know who.

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