UK doctors present “leading” research on medical cannabis

UK doctors present “leading” research on medical cannabis
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Doctors from Sapphire Medical Clinic will present major findings on medical cannabis at an international conference this weekend. Since 2018 doctors in the UK have been prescribing medical cannabis for several conditions,  such as chronic pain, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Whilst an increasing number of patients are now receiving therapy, a critical barrier to access is a lack of the right evidence to enable the NHS to fund medical cannabis.  However, thanks to the efforts of doctors and  scientists the UK is now leading the way in medical cannabis research.   On Saturday 25 June, doctors from Sapphire Medical Clinics will present 20 individual pieces of research at the annual International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) Annual Conference in Galway, Ireland. In this they will describe the outcomes and safety of medical  cannabis therapy in patients with a wide spectrum of disorders, including, but not limited to, chronic pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, and childhood epilepsy.  Within this plethora of research, they will present data from the largest bespoke medical  cannabis registry in Europe, the UK Medical Cannabis Registry, which has now enrolled over 5,000 patients.   This latest analysis reports the outcomes of nearly 2,833 patients with a range of conditions for which medical cannabis was prescribed since 2019.  The conditions included chronic non-cancer pain, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain. The average age of the patients  was 42 years and 43 per cent were women. The patients were assessed across a variety of  validated metrics to assess changes in health at one, three, six and 12 months.  The researchers report: “This study, the largest observational series of patients prescribed  cannabis-based medicinal products in the UK, demonstrates an association with improved  general health-related quality of life up to 12 months.  In addition, specific improvements in generalised anxiety and sleep quality were…

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