Research to shed light on how UK clinicians view medical cannabis

Research to shed light on how UK clinicians view medical cannabis
Cannabis Health News

A new research project aims to get to the bottom of why many UK clinicians are still reluctant to prescribe medical cannabis. Medical cannabis patient and psychology student, Hallie Heeg, is inviting UK medical professionals to participate in a new ​​outreach project, which aims to shed light on their views and knowledge around prescribing medical cannabis. Heeg, who is originally from the US, has more than a decade of experience working in the field of addiction and eating disorder recovery – which enlightened her to the role cannabis can play in holistic healing. After entering recovery from an eating disorder herself in 2006, Heeg began managing rehab clinics and went onto work for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the largest non-profit addiction and mental health programme in the States.  “In the addiction field it’s drugs or no drugs, it’s very black and white, but I started seeing people who were sober, using psychedelics for trauma work in a clinical way – but they were having to keep it hidden,” she says. “I got really frustrated by that, because if as clinicians, their creed was to do no harm and to put the patient first, we should be looking at all these different types of modalities and different medications and not just putting our beliefs into one.” Heeg self-medicated for many years before accessing a cannabis prescription, finding that it helped ease her anxiety and quieten the negative thoughts of her eating disorder.  “I’ve used it throughout the years, but more from a recreational perspective,” she explains. “[When I got my prescription] I started seeing my anxiety decrease, I started seeing the negative thoughts going away and I was having a healthier relationship with food. Slowly I was able to reduce the prescription drugs I was on.” The question of why…

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