Who qualifies for medical cannabis uk?

Cannabis is a class B drug in the United Kingdom. It is currently estimated that around 1.4 million people in the United Kingdom use cannabis of their own origin to treat medical conditions. As these people are forced to commit crimes, the issue of greater access to medical cannabis remains a pressing issue and a hotly debated topic. If your consultant is willing to prescribe medical cannabis for you, your prescription will be confirmed in writing and then processed by a specialty pharmacy.

Medical cannabis would only be prescribed when it was considered to be in your best interest and when other treatments hadn't worked or weren't adequate. When you talk to a clinic, a specialist will ask you questions about your symptoms to assess whether medical cannabis is appropriate. During your appointment, your doctor will ask you questions to learn more about you, your condition, and how medical cannabis could help you. You'll have to break down the cannabis flower, a grinder can help you in this process, since it breaks down cannabis in a finer and more consistent way.

Experiences with clinics may vary, and there are several community-led resources where people provide feedback on their experiences, such as the UK medical cannabis group on Reddit, that could be useful when deciding which clinic to go to. Once you start taking your medication, the clinic will request a follow-up consultation, usually within 4 weeks, to analyze your progress with medical cannabis and discuss if any changes need to be made. There is some evidence that medical cannabis can relieve certain types of pain, although these tests are not yet strong enough to recommend it for pain relief. There are a number of conditions or symptoms that qualify for treatment with medical cannabis.

"Your Guide to Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana in the UK"
Pain-Related Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Musculoskeletal pain (MSK)
  • Neuropathic pain or nerve pain

Neurological Conditions:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cluster headaches
  • Epilepsy
  • Functional Neurological Disorder (FND)
  • Migraines
  • Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • Tremors
  • Stroke

Psychiatric Conditions:

  • Agoraphobia
  • Appetite disorders like Anorexia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Insomnia or sleep disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder (Depression)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social anxiety disorder or social phobia
  • Substance Use Disorder

Gastrointestinal Conditions:

  • Crohn's and ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Cancer-Related Conditions:

  • Cancer-related anxiety
  • Cancer-related appetite loss
  • Cancer-related depression
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting

Palliative Care Conditions:

  • Palliative care pain
  • Palliative care anxiety

Miscellaneous Conditions:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME
  • Restless legs syndrome

Sarah Knight
Sarah Knight

Introducing Sarah, the voice behind the CBPM UK Medical Cannabis Blog. As a passionate advocate for medical cannabis, Sarah shares her journey as a patient, exploring its therapeutic potential and the evolving landscape of cannabis-based treatments in the United Kingdom. Her firsthand experience and dedication to providing well-researched information make her blog a trusted resource for those seeking insights into the world of medical cannabis in the UK. Join Sarah as she sheds light on the benefits, regulations, and stories of patients like herself, navigating the path to improved well-being through medical cannabis.

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