Skunk# 1 herbal cannabis and oil tincture.

Skunk# 1 herbal cannabis and oil tincture.

By Kevin John Braid

Theresa May is on the record to say she shares “concerns over the use of skunk” and the government is “developing a new cross-party drug strategy” to combat it.

The Home Office claims skunk contains more THC – the main psychoactive ingredient – than other types of cannabis. This is of course nonsense, since skunk is simply a name given to a cross between Mexican, Afghani and Thai, which has been around for decades and named so because it is indeed very smelly.

Skunk #1 was originally created by Sacred Seeds on the west coast of the USA during the second half of the 1970s. Bred by crossing an Afghani Indica, Acapulco Gold Mexican Sativa and a Colombian Gold Sativa. It is one of the great grandfathers of the popular modern hybrids.

The term ‘skunk’ has been used to demonise all of the predominantly high THC varieties of cannabis by the media and politicians.

The cannabis-derived medicine, Sativex, made by GW Pharmaceuticals has been available on prescription in the UK for well over a decade and that contains THC derived from a skunk variety.

What is Sativex?

Jeff Ditchfield outside Parliament in London.

Jeff Ditchfield with the amazing Caitlin and her mum outside Parliament. The UPA/Tilray agenda of moving cannabis to Schedule 2 has not helped her.

I had a chat with Jeff Ditchfield from Bud Buddies to ask what exactly is Sativex.

“Sativex is an under the tongue spray licensed in the UK for treating spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis. Each 10ml bottle contains 270mg of CBD and 250mg of THC.

“GW Pharma obtain the THC and CBD in Sativex from two separate cannabis varieties. Many people will be surprised to know that the high THC strain of cannabis cultivated by GW originates from the cannabis variety, Skunk #1.

“How can the skunk genetics in Sativex be deemed as ‘medical’, yet the THC in homegrown Skunk #1 be demonised and condemned?

“Perhaps there’s more going on. The Ministers responsible for drugs policy in the UK, Prime Minister, Theresa May and Drugs Minister at the Home Office, Victoria Atkins MP, preach about the ‘dangers’ of skunk, while both their spouses profit from selling medical skunk.”

Next week Jeff Ditchfield is due at Southwark Crown Court for assisting terminally ill people with cannabis preparations. I wonder if Theresa and Victoria will be laughing all the way to the bank while the Court is protecting their husbands’ monopoly?

Kevin John Braid in Amersterdam.

Kevin John Braid in Amsterdam.

Kevin John Braid is an artist, writer and activist who was born in Scotland, grew up in the U.S.A. (California and Arizona), lived in England for a few years, and now lives in Poland. He has spent many years fighting against marijuana prohibition, and is a lover of books, cooking and Nietzsche.

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