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Cannabis from your doctor.

Has the door opened to medical cannabis?

Perhaps we need to understand what medical cannabis is before I answer that question.

Currently there is one approved cannabis medicine that can be prescribed called Sativex but at present it is only given after all other medication has been tried as a last resort and only for people who have muscle spasms as a Multiple Sclerosis related symptom.

This is a very narrow group of people that can use the medicine. This product contains CBD like the beautiful products we have here at CBD One and THC – the cannabinoid that is psychoactive which means it can get you high or stoned.


So medical cannabis has THC in it which is currently a schedule one drug which means it is regarded as having no medicinal value and can only be used for research with a licence. As of November 1st this year it will be classed as a schedule two drug because there is growing evidence that it has medicinal benefits and it no longer has to be used as a last resort but can be prescribed if your doctor feels it will be appropriate for your problem.

Cannabis research has exploded in the last three decades from just 200 research papers in the early nineties to approximately 20,000 on PubMed today.

However, that does not mean the door has been opened to us all charging down to the surgery today to get our hit of cannabis!

Because it is psychoactive you cannot drive whilst using it and many work places would sack you if they found you had THC in your system as it can affect your state of mind. THC is also a substance that does not agree with everyone, it can make you feel nauseous or anxious amongst other issues. Of course it can also make you euphoric and happy! I don’t think cannabis has ever caused anyone to have a fight whilst using it or kick in a shop window…unlike a drug we find acceptable called alcohol.

Here is a description of how sativex can make people feel:

“The most common side effects with Sativex are dizziness and tiredness. Some people may also feel depressed or confused, may feel over-excited or lose touch with reality, may have difficulties with memory or trouble concentrating and may feel sleepy or giddy.”

Though there is no doubt it does help people too so we must not look at that description negatively and especially compared to the long list of horror story side effects most modern pharmaceutical drugs come with.

Fortunately, this does not happen with CBD type products which are incredibly safe to take and those of you who regularly use CBD One products will undoubtedly recognise the benefits that cannabis products can bring to your quality of life.

Thus it is fair to say the door has opened to the wider use of medicinal cannabis but it will not be suitable or appropriate for everyone.


The snow, wind, ice and rain is well and truly upon us in the wintry north! So as we hunker down to chestnuts roasting on an open fire, twinkly Christmas lights and the festive season my thoughts turn to maintaining good health when the darkness and cold challenge us the most.

Do make sure you wear appropriate clothing, wherever you may be in the world – the saying ‘there is no such thing as the wrong weather, just the wrong clothes’ is very true. Getting too cold weakens your immune system leaving you vulnerable.

In the north we also suffer from a lack of sunlight right now so make sure you are getting some Vitamin D from a supplement.

If you really must overindulge (nobody actually needs to) then you can aid recovery by taking milk thistle extract which is great for cleansing the liver – I hesitate to say it is a hangover cure because I’m not here to encourage hangovers in the first place….however, I am realistic enough to realise it goes on – so before you go to the office party take some milk thistle extract and take some the next morning and make sure for every alcoholic drink you have you also have an equivalent drink of water which can work wonders.

Upping your intake of garlic is also a good idea, either in your cooking or with a supplement like Allicinmax which is a superb quality garlic product which does not leave any garlic smell afterwards.

Many people also take echinacea which you can get as a tincture, tablets or as a throat spray. Take daily through the winter OR when you feel a cold coming on start taking it and research shows it shortens the length of a cold and can even nip it in the bud.

We must also throw CBD into the mix too which, because of the widespread nature of the endocannabinoid system, has a very beneficial effect on your whole system – so take a little every day for preventative purposes. I call it Vitamin CBD (it is NOT a vitamin!) because I firmly believe we should all take it just like we would take a vitamin supplement – daily.

If you’re feeling a little rundown opt for the nicely energising effects of our Absorb range – if you’re stressed out and anxious then go for the gently calming Signature blends.

Health Confusions – A thought…

I stopped by my local coffee shop this morning to grab a Flat White before my working day began. Whilst I was waiting for it to be made I couldn’t help overhearing a conversation at a nearby table.

An elderly gentleman was explaining to his friends at the table that he had read in the paper last week that drinking up to six cups of coffee a day are good for you and can help prevent cancer and heart disease amongst other things.

What struck me about this was not the subject matter he was talking about – though if I had six cups of coffee a day I’d be zipping around faster than roadrunner – but the fact he had garnered this snippet of information from a newspaper.

These little gems of health information are drip fed to us regularly in the media – presumably because they have nothing important to write about and to my mind they are responsible for confusing people about how to maintain health.

In the last few months in my health food shop in Garstang I have seen demand suddenly rise then fall after a while for kefir (it is good for your gut and immune system) and inulin (it helps you sleep) – we had inulin last year too as it helps burn off brown fat! I won’t bore you with the details about that but the information is out there if you want to find it.

Before that it was raspberry ketones for weight loss! All these trends come and go over a few months as people look for a magic bullet to help their health improve. It is human nature to look for the easy options and a magic pill is so tempting to many of us but I have news for you….there is no magic bullet. There is no magic pill that will give you extraordinary good health all your life.

In my opinion much of this idea stems from the pharmaceutical industry who by stealth have brainwashed us into thinking our health is maintained by taking pills. It is not. They have bought up our healthcare systems and turned them into massive dispensing systems for countless drugs handed out without thought or logic.

A simple example of this is that millions of people are given anti inflammatory drugs when they have an injury. So let’s unravel the almost pavlovian response from many people to take such a drug when they have pain:

First of all, what is acute inflammation? It is a rapid response by your body to an injury – it causes swelling, immobility, redness, heat and pain – but why does it do this? Simple – the acute inflammatory response happens to heal your injury, yes, that’s right, it is a HEALING response. Which begs the question…if acute inflammation heals you why on earth would you take an anti inflammatory that actually suppresses your body’s attempts at fixing you. There is no logic in doing this and in my experience, repeatedly suppressing your body in this way leads to worse trouble down the line such as damaged joints, weakened soft tissues and chronic pain. However, it is inconvenient to think of it like this so we are fed the message that pain is bad so get rid of the pain with a pill.

Yet pain is our friend…just look at the terrible condition called Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP) where children with this problem will eat scalding hot food or bite off their own tongue! Pain protects us so look for WHY you have pain and get it fixed if you can.

Sadly, because of media bombardments and misleading advertising along with a medical system that focuses on disease, we are left without any sense of how to maintain health and look for snippets of miracle cures in the media.

But good health is not a pill – it is a way of life – actually a pleasurable way of life. Take joy in cooking real food from raw, high quality organic ingredients. Ensure you have a balanced diet (and yes, CBD undoubtedly has a role to play in a balanced diet) Exercise and stretch your body every day and laugh a lot! Ensure your relationships are based on mutual respect and love and live in a clean environment. You own the keys to your health, not snippets in newspapers or pills from drug companies.

Enjoy your days

Nick Tofalos

Watch Your Back!

This time of year brings me a host of patients who have injured their backs whilst doing the gardening.

We sit around all winter and with the first sign of spring dash out to sort the garden out – spend a productive day sorting out the mess, go inside to have our dinner, then seize up.

The next day we can barely move and our lower back is in agony and away we go to the osteopath.

Yet this is such an easy problem to avoid with a few simple changes to how we do things.

The first thing to do is to take a look at all the jobs that are waiting for you in the garden. I can guarantee that there will be some that require you to kneel, some that require standing and others that demand you lift and move things.


Step one is to plan a ‘round robin’ of tasks that require different postures and spend twenty minutes on each job, gradually getting each job completed over several hours. The commonest mistake I see is one of people focussing on one job, such as weeding a flower bed, and starting it and finishing it all in one go – regardless of time. This may mean someone spends several hours kneeling down, leaning over and reaching across the flower bed.

Now, if you were a professional gardener and used to such work this would be less of a problem but when you are not used to such work there will be enormous strain placed on your body from maintaining a posture for a long period of time. Pressure through your knees and through your flexed lower back with a double whammy on your lower back from the weight of your upper body reaching across to pull weeds up.

The same is true for digging and even more so if most of your life is spent working in a sedentary job.


Therefore, the golden rule is to never spend more than twenty minutes on any one job and after twenty minutes switch to another job that requires a different posture. After twenty minutes in your new posture change again, either back to job number one, or to a new job with a different posture again.

Of course, this requires a little planning and above all else you must think about your body rather than ignoring it to get a job done.

An easy reminder to do this is to set a timer on your phone for twenty minutes and when it goes off you change to job number two, reset the alarm and go again.

Step two in preventing injury in the garden is to make sure you do a warm down after you have finished. This can be some simple leg and whole body stretches such as standing, then bending forward to touch your toes with legs kept straight, or gently rolling your shoulders and arms to release all the muscles that have been working hard. There are a myriad of stretches that are really useful.


Gardening is a physical activity and our body should be gently warmed up and warmed down afterwards to enable it to reset and recover from the work. It may not be a sport but is using your body in a very strenuous way so please stretch it afterwards.

An Epsom salts bath is also useful so add that into your post gardening routine once a week. You can even apply Magnesium oil to any aching muscles and this will also help them recover.

And if the worst comes to the worst there is always your local osteopath to help you out – and if it is me, I will also tell you how to prevent future trouble, the question is…will you heed my advice?

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I’m worried about trying CBD…

I speak to many people who are genuinely concerned and worried about trying CBD – mainly because it comes connected to the name Cannabis.

We have been educated to believe that Cannabis is dangerous, bad for us and is an introductory drug into a whole world of trouble and addiction. In the media you do not have to look very far to find scary headlines such as “cannabis killed my son” (it did not when you read the full story) and ‘dangerous drug linked to dozens of deaths’ (actually an article pointing out that synthetic cannabis may help sleep problems).

Stepping aside from this controversial topic it must be pointed out that CBD is NOT psychoactive and you cannot get high or stoned from it. The cannabinoid THC that gets you high has been removed so there is less than 0.2% in the legal CBD sold in the UK. Tweet: CBD is NOT psychoactive and you cannot get high or stoned from it. The cannabinoid THC that gets you high has been removed so there is less than 0.2% in the legal CBD sold in the UK

This means that when you take CBD there is no change in your state of mind – except perhaps feeling pleasantly relaxed and de stressed!

It is non addictive and is also not a cure all for living an unhealthy lifestyle.

I have encountered people who are curious about CBD and keen to try it all the way through to people who get very angry and dismissive when cannabis is mentioned.

However, I would say that if you are in anyway worried about trying CBD but have heard it may be of some benefit to you, rest assured there really is nothing to worry about. It is incredibly safe as it is a plant extract and such food supplements tend to be gentle acting. Hence their effects may take more time but their risks are far less than a modern pharmaceutical.

I would be more worried about taking an Ibuprofen tablet over CBD – thousands die every year taking ibuprofen – there are no such figures for CBD.

So it is safe.

You cannot get high on it.

It is non addictive.

If you do not know where to start – do send me a message via our healthcare advice page and I’ll do my best to help.

Have a great day,

Nick Tofalos

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