This year saw the largest number of 420 events ever in the UK with around 16 events taking place over the Easter bank holiday weekend. There was 420 gatherings in Leeds, Manchester, Swansea, Glasgow, Nottingham, Bath, Belfast and with the largest being, as usual London’s Hyde park which this year attracted an estimated 40,000 cannabis consumers.
Cannabis is a useful botanical with a wide range of therapeutic potential. Global prohibition over the past century has impeded the ability to study the plant as medicine. However, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been developed as a stand-alone pharmaceutical initially approved for the treatment of chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting in 1986. The indication was expanded in 1992 to include treatment of anorexia in patients with the AIDS wasting syndrome.