You cannot get cannabis-based medicine from a GP – it can only be prescribed by a specialist hospital doctor.
If the above does not apply to you, do not ask a GP for a referral for medical cannabis.
Many cannabis-based products are available to buy online, but their quality and content is not known. They may be illegal and potentially dangerous.
A hospital specialist might consider prescribing medical cannabis if:
What are the side effects?
Nabilone is a medicine, taken as a capsule, that has been developed to act in a similar way to THC (the chemical in cannabis that makes you high). You may have heard it described as a “manmade form of cannabis”.
If you experience any side effects from medical cannabis, report these to your medical team. You can also report them through the Yellow Card Scheme.
Nabiximols (Sativex) is a cannabis-based medicine that is sprayed into the mouth.
Will the laws on cannabis be relaxed?
A prescription for medical cannabis would only be given when it was believed to be in your best interests, and when other treatments had not worked or were not suitable.
Epidyolex is a highly purified liquid containing CBD (cannabidiol).
Epidyolex® is a highly purified liquid containing cannabidiol (CBD). It will not get you high, because it does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical in cannabis that makes you high. Epidyolex® can be prescribed for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome, which are both rare types of epilepsy.
CBMs have been studied in a variety of different conditions but there is currently only evidence of benefit in a few conditions. Therefore only a few people are likely to get a prescription for medical cannabis. Currently, CBMs are only prescribed for the following conditions:
Nabiximols (Sativex®) is a CBM that is sprayed into the mouth. In the UK, it is licensed for people with MS-related muscle spasticity that has not improved with other treatments.
Muscle stiffness and spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
Since a change in the law in November 2018, some cannabis-based medicines have been available on prescription. However, there is only evidence of benefit for treating a small number of conditions.
Some health stores also sell certain types of ‘pure cannabidiol (CBD)’. However, they tend to only contain very small amounts of CBD, so there is little evidence of any benefit, and there’s no guarantee these products will be of good quality.
What are cannabis-based medicines?
You cannot get a prescription for a CBM from a GP. A CBM can only be prescribed by a specialist hospital doctor. The specialist will advise trying other treatment options first, before considering a cannabis-based product. A prescription for medical cannabis would only be given when it was believed to be in your best interests, and when other treatments had not worked or were not suitable.
Many cannabis-based products are also available to buy online, without a prescription, but the quality and content of these products is not known. Most of these products, including those called ‘CBD oils’, are illegal to possess or supply. Also the exact quality and content of these products is usually not clear and they may not be safe to use.
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According to The Home Office, the legal limit for cultivation is 0.2 per cent TCH and 1mg for products.
Not your traditional CBD oil, OTO takes a more traditional wellness approach through its rollerball application. There are three varieties; Focus, Amplify and Balance that have different purposes.
There are also a few very important things to consider before buying CBD oil. So, let’s start with the basics.
CBD oil has gained a huge following in the past two years, and as with any popular new product to reach the masses it’s important to read the fine print and do your research before buying.
Endoca takes our top spot due to sincere quality control and honest manufacturing, both of which result in a product that works very well and helped to enhance the quality of sleep.
The flavour of Provacan is very strong and bitter, which takes a while to get used to – but it works wonderfully.
The oils were much thicker and darker in consistency than others I’ve tried, with a potent taste. The blue edition cannabis sativa strain worked an absolute treat, allowing my muscles and mind to completely relax and aiding deep, undisturbed sleep after taking around 5 drops.