Medical Cannabis is an individualised therapy, it is available for patients who have tried and
failed previous treatment conditions. Medical Cannabis is derived from the cannabis plant
and at Chelsea Cannabis Clinic we use full-spectrum extracts, available as oils and flowers.
This differs from CBD which is available over the counter, which is regulated as a food
supplement and not as 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.
There is a range of Medical Cannabis products available in the UK, here at Chelsea
Pharmacy Medical Clinic we exclusively prescribe Althea medical cannabis products. We
have both Medical Cannabis oils and Medical Cannabis dried flowers available.
What are the benefits of Medical Cannabis?
Cannabis contains active ingredients called cannabinoids. 2 of these – tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – are the active ingredients of a prescription drug called
Sativex. This is used to relieve the pain of muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis.
Another cannabinoid drug, called Nabilone, is sometimes used to relieve sickness in people
having chemotherapy for cancer. It was found in the study, published in the journal Molecular
Cancer Therapeutics, that Cannabidiol has the ability to stop cancer by turning off a gene
Read the latest updates on cannabis, cannabinoids and cancer – the evidence so far on the
Cancer Research UK website.
THC, the active ingredient present in marijuana slows the progression of Alzheimer’s
disease, a 2006 study led by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute found out. THC
slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes
them. These plaques kill the brain cells, and potentially lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
Medical Cannabis can also be used to treat glaucoma, which increases the pressure in the
eyeball, injuring the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. According to the National Eye
Institute, marijuana lowers the pressure inside the eye.
In 2011, researchers reported that cannabis reduces pain and inflammation, and promotes
sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
The future of medical cannabis is real!
Dr Balu Pitchiah, our Consultant Psychiatrist qualified as a Medical Doctor from Stanley
Medical College in Chennai, India before completing his Psychiatric Training in Sheffield. Dr
Balu has extensive experience in treating common mental disorders including anxiety,
depression, OCD, PTSD and Bipolar affective disorder. He has expertise in working with
high achievers and people with Type A personalities helping them achieve their full potential
while minimising the impact of their emotional problems on their work and family life.
Dr Sally Ghazaleh, our Consultant Pain Specialist qualified in 2000 as a doctor of medicine
from the University of Szeged Medical School, Hungary. She then completed her specialist
training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit in 2007 in Semmelweis University. She
gained her higher degree in pain management at University College Hospital, London and as
a Fellow in pain medicine at the national Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens
Square, London. During the time at the pain management Centre at University College
Hospital, she has gained extensive experience in dealing and managing complex patients
with multiple pain problems such as, spinal, pelvic and cancer pain patients. Dr Ghazaleh is
fluent in Arabic, English and Hungarian.
If you would like to be considered for Medical Cannabis, you can discuss it with your GP at
Chelsea Pharmacy Medical Clinic or call us on: 020 78386180 for an initial assessment.