Cannabis year-in-review: 22 takeaways from 2022

Cannabis year-in-review: 22 takeaways from 2022
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This year saw some exciting developments for cannabis across Europe, but the UK’s medical cannabis system must do more to support patients.  In 2022 new research showed promising potential for cannabis to treat pain, depression, Covid-19 and even Alzheimer’s; Germany announced plans to legalise adult-use cannabis; and the number of medical cannabis patients in Europe grew by approximately 100,000. Yet 2022 also shone a blinding spotlight on the complexity and complacency of the UK’s medical cannabis system and exposed the (many) barriers facing patients seeking cannabis-based care. Can we hope for change in 2023?  Here are 22 articles covering the key cannabis topics of 2022: Cleaning up the UK’s messy medical cannabis system   1. Landmark report reveals why many UK doctors are not prescribing medical cannabis More than 40,000 specialist clinicians are eligible to prescribe cannabis across the UK, but only around 100 (0.25%) are actively doing so. Cannabis must be treated the same as any other medication if we want to see mainstream prescribing in the UK, say doctors. Discover more key findings from the report.    2. Revealed: ‘major disconnect’ between NHS and private cannabis prescribing More than six in 10 NHS Foundation Trusts in England (61%) say they did not prescribe any cannabis-based medicines in 2021. Just 977 patients were treated with cannabis-based medicines through the NHS in 2021, equating to nine individuals per trust. Yet over 20,000 patients currently receive unlicensed medical cannabis products privately for a range of conditions from chronic pain to anxiety. Why the prescription gap between NHS and private care?   3. Approximately 1.8million people in the UK self-medicate with cannabis four years on from law change A significant proportion of the population (48.6%) are still unaware that medical cannabis is legally available on prescription and has been since November 2018. Around…

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