THE EDITOR, Sir:
Dr Henry Lowe, in his guest column of September 11, 2013 titled 'Give me credit for early work on Canasol', has given us an impressive précis of his résumé. Unfortunately, he has not said when and where he worked with us on Canasol.
Dr Lowe indicates that he worked with Mr Hawthorn Watson and the Scientific Research Council and that the work was on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Perhaps this is the root of his delusion.
None of the work on Canasol was done at CAST (now the University of Technology). All work was done at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of the West Indies by Manley West and myself.
The results of the trials of Canasol were published in 1978 (WIMJ xxv111,16). The drug was registered in Jamaica in 1983 after trials by Drs Vaughan, Mani, Alexis, Hastings, and Hamilton.
It seems that Dr Lowe has confused his work on THC with the work of West and Lockhart on the non-THC-containing Canasol.
I hope that this will clear up any
ALBERT B. LOCKHART