New grant funds for “life changing” medical cannabis prescriptions in Jersey

New grant funds for “life changing” medical cannabis prescriptions in Jersey
Cannabis Health News

Jersey residents can now apply for a grant to fund a medical cannabis prescription, from the UK’s only medical cannabis charity, Sapphire Medical Foundation. Thanks to new funding, patients on the island of Jersey can now apply for a grant to fully support a medical cannabis prescription. Those selected who meet the eligibility criteria, will have their  prescriptions and clinic appointments be paid for by the Sapphire Medical Foundation for a minimum of one year. Medical cannabis was legalised for prescription in 2018 across the UK, since then the growth in patient numbers paying privately for treatment has risen exponentially. Eligible patients can seek treatment for conditions including chronic pain, neuropathic pain, generalised anxiety disorder and fibromyalgia. In Jersey, there are now an estimated 3,000 patients prescribed the treatment via private clinics, such as Sapphire Medical Clinics. The cost associated with prescriptions for medical cannabis can be a barrier to what is for some people a life-changing medication. As a result, some patients are faced with the decision between prioritising their health or other necessities – never more so than in the current economic squeeze with living costs rising. Sapphire Medical Foundation’s mission is to reduce the economic barriers of access to medical cannabis. It was founded to relieve financial difficulties that can affect individuals who are unable to afford the costs associated with medical cannabis prescriptions. No other charity in the UK exists with the sole purpose of alleviating the monetary burden that comes with cannabis-based treatment. Thus, the Sapphire Medical Foundation presents the only legitimate option for medical cannabis access for hundreds, if not thousands of individuals. Kirran Gill was the first patient in the UK to receive support from the Sapphire Medical Foundation for rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and anxiety and says that because of treatment, her pain…

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