Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Education And Debate

Improving the quality of the cannabis debate: defining the different domains

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 08 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:108

Rapid Response:

Only Two Major Issues

One of the biggest problems over the last few years with the Cannabis
issue has been the difficulty of separating the debates on the
Recreational and the Therapeutic uses. Here in this article again the two
are mixed together.

In all my years in the field of pain relief I cannot remember the
equivalent mixing up taking place over cocaine, morphine, heroin etc.

Whilst there are matters that occasionally overlap, the 2 main
elements of the cannabis debate must remain in totally separate arenas.
Only then can we educate the politicians and the public on the known
facts and the real issues.

Meanwhile lets get on and find out whether there is a significant and
valuable therapeutic potential. This agent has been used medicinally for
5000 years and we still dont know the answer!

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 January 2000
William Notcutt
Consultant Anaesthetist
James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth