What is Medical Cannabis?
Medical cannabis is an individualised therapy available for patients who have tried and failed previous treatment options.
Medical cannabis is derived from the cannabis plant and at Chelsea Cannabis Clinic we use full-spectrum extracts, available as oils or flower. This differs from CBD which is available over the counter, which is regulated as a food supplement and not as a medicine. The two main phytocannabinoids we often refer to are CBD and THC.
Medical cannabis contains CBD and THC in varying ratios, your doctor will decide which ratio is best for you depending on your presenting condition, individual symptoms and medical history.
Medical cannabis is currently an unlicensed medicine in the UK. Typically, patients will have already failed to obtain or benefit from previous medication, or they may have experienced intolerable side effects from prior medication. Your doctor will explain this to you in more detail at your first appointment and determine whether you are eligible for treatment with medical cannabis.
What conditions can medical cannabis help with?
At the Chelsea Cannabis Clinic we specialise in using medical cannabis to treat chronic pain and psychiatric conditions.
Upon consultation with your specialist, medical cannabis may be considered as an option to support your pain management, which may be due to:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Multiple Sclerosis spasticity and pain
- Cancer-related pain
There may be a number of psychiatric conditions where medical cannabis could be of benefit to help your symptoms. These may include:
- Treatment-resistant anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
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Frequently Asked Questions
All cannabis-based products for medicinal use prescribed in the UK are sourced and manufactured to the highest standards and meet GMP standards.
Side effects are often experienced early on in treatment and can be considered transient. Your doctor will increase the dose of medical cannabis slowly over 14 days to reduce the risk of any adverse effects. Common side effects may include dry mouth / dry eyes, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and impairment.
You should not drive whilst taking medical cannabis if you feel impaired. Do not drive whilst taking this medicine until you know how it affects you.
Please consider the regulations in the individual country you are traveling to.
If you would like to be considered for medical cannabis, you can book an appointment to discuss with your GP at Chelsea Clinic or call us on 0207 838 6180 for an initial assessment.