UK Medical Cannabis Registry – what does the latest data say?

UK Medical Cannabis Registry – what does the latest data say?
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Three new research studies have been published using data from the UK Medical Cannabis Registry that demonstrate the effects of cannabis in those living with depression, childhood epilepsy and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The Registry, which is run by Sapphire Medical Clinics, is thought to be the largest database in the UK of patients prescribed medical cannabis with over 7,500 individuals enrolled to date.  It has received approval from the Health Research Authority in 2022 and aims to collect patient reported outcomes and safety data to help improve knowledge among healthcare professionals and the public, and ultimately inform decisions to fund medical cannabis on the NHS in the future.  Currently, just two per cent of people with diagnosed health conditions have discussed medical cannabis as a treatment option in detail with their GP. In all three published studies, patient outcomes demonstrate that since receiving care, patients have experienced important changes in health metrics, as well as condition-specific metrics relevant for each diagnosis. In addition to this, analysis of safety has shown that the majority of people receiving care reported mild or moderate adverse events during treatment, which included: fatigue, dry mouth, sleepiness, reduced energy, impaired sleep, headaches, concentration impairment, nausea, and dizziness. Dr Simon Erridge, head of research and access at Sapphire Medical Clinics, commented: “The high-quality research we have undertaken has helped us to further understand the long-term effects of medical cannabis. However, there is still a lack of clinical trial evidence and funding to conduct randomised controlled trials, which is necessary to be able to better evaluate the true treatment effect of medicinal cannabis before this medication will become available on the NHS. “By collecting, analysing, and publishing this data we are playing our part in ensuring the UK is a leader in medical cannabis research and we…

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