Proposed UK trial to study cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain

Proposed UK trial to study cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain
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A proposed UK study of whole plant cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain, hopes to pave the way for NHS access. Regulators have approved a small, feasibility study to help researchers conduct future trials into the use of whole plant cannabis for chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis, back problems or fibromyalgia.  The study, which is being carried out by private cannabis clinic LVL Health, will initially recruit 100 patients, before plans to conduct a larger trial, which is yet to receive approval from the National Health Research Authority (HRA). Up to 28 million people in the UK are thought to be living with some form of chronic pain, a number likely to increase in line with an ageing population and a rise in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Furthermore, according to government figures, some 14,000 people are diagnosed annually with hard to treat pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, which can have a debilitating impact on a patient’s quality of life.  In the UK more than 10,000 people are already prescribed cannabis medicines for a range of conditions, the majority of which are living with some form of chronic pain. But while patients have been vocal about its impact, especially as an alternative to opioids, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has called for more robust data before it recommends prescribing on the NHS.  LVL Health hopes to play an important step in accelerating patient access and bridging this evidence gap. Speaking to Cannabis Health, clinical trial manager for LVL Health, Sophie Hayes, a registered nurse who has worked within the NHS and the cannabis industry, for several years, described it as a “pivotal moment” for cannabis medicine in the UK. “I am very excited to be able to offer patients at LVL clinics the opportunity…

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