Why are some UK patients choosing legacy over legal cannabis?
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Recent surveys have highlighted that many patients in the UK are still accessing medication through the legacy market, despite cannabis being legally available on prescription since 2018. Cannabis Health explores why. On the surface it appears to be a burgeoning industry. With more than 20,000 patients estimated to have legal prescriptions for cannabis in the UK, in the past four years the market has grown exponentially. But despite the number of private clinics operating now well into double figures, there’s an undercurrent of dissatisfaction running through the patient communities. A recent YouGov poll, commissioned by Sapphire Clinics, suggests that approximately 1.8 million people with diagnosed medical conditions are still turning to illegally obtained cannabis to manage their illness. If the data is to be believed, this number has increased by around 400,000 since 2019, when a comparable report showed the figure to be around 1.4 million. This is partly due to the lack of awareness around the legality of medical cannabis in the UK. A recent survey of 4,000 people found that more than half of Brits were unaware they could access cannabis on prescription. Sapphire Clinics also found a lack of awareness and the perceived difficulty of accessing legal cannabis products were key reasons for patients not having a prescription, with a quarter unaware that cannabis could be legally prescribed, while two-fifths were under the impression it would be too difficult to access. Many patients, however, are aware that it’s legal yet are still accessing their medication via the legacy (or illicit) market, either out of choice or necessity. Cannabis Health asked patients in this position about their experiences. We have chosen to keep their comments anonymous to protect their identities. Cost Despite product prices coming down in the private market and a number of access schemes designed to…
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