Is medical cannabis safe and right for me?
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Medical cannabis has been legally prescribed since 2018 in the UK, but how do you know if it’s right for you? Medical cannabis is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 10,000 patients using it to treat both mental and physical health conditions. These range from chronic pain and epilepsy to anxiety and ADHD. But not everyone responds to cannabis or CBD in the same way. Here, we’ll answer some questions you might have around accessing a prescription. What is medical cannabis? Cannabis is thought to have been used for medical purposes for over two thousand years. Today, cannabis is associated primarily with its use as a recreational drug, but in recent decades it has emerged again as a potential therapeutic for various health conditions. Medical cannabis is usually administered as an oil, orally, or flower which is vaped to produce its therapeutic effects. Medical cannabis differs from ‘street’ cannabis in that it is produced under strict, regulated conditions which ensure the medicines are of medical grade and contain a consistent concentration of cannabinoids. Prescribed cannabis is produced under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, the minimum standard that a medicines manufacturer must meet in their production processes. There are few clinical studies on its safety and efficacy, due to the fact it is made up of hundreds of different compounds, making whole plant cannabis unsuitable for randomised control trials (RCTs). However, medical cannabis is generally thought to be much safer than many commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals, and there is a wealth of real-world evidence which points to it being very effective in some cases. Is it legal? Medical cannabis was made legal in the UK in 2018, however, access to the medicine is limited. While only a handful of patients are prescribed medical cannabis through the NHS, there are upwards of 10,000…
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