1How much will it cost?
- Initial eligibility consultation - No charge
- Specialist doctor initial consultations - £149
- First follow-up consultation - £110
- Ongoing follow-up consultations - £49
2Is Medical Cannabis Legal in the UK?
Yes, in 2018 Cannabis-based products were legalised in the UK. Cannabis-based products are considered 'unlicensed' medications that can only be legally prescribed by a specialist doctor. Unlicensed medications like cannabis have typically not been studied as vigorously as licensed medications, and therefore should only be prescribed when there is an obvious need, and where conventional treatments have failed or are unsuitable. Your specialist doctor will take your individual circumstances in to account prior to prescribing.
3What conditions can be treated with medical cannabis?
Medical cannabis has been successfully used to treat symptoms related to a number of chronic conditions. These include chronic pain, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, spasticity, sleep disturbance, and nausea/vomiting. Treatment with medical cannabis shouldn't be a first, or even second line treatment option, and should only be used where treatment with conventional, licensed medications has been unsuccessful.If you think you may be eligible for treatment, we suggest you book an eligibility consult with a member of our experienced team.
4What form does the medication take?
Medicinal Cannabis can be delivered via capsules, vaporisation, oils, or sprays. Your specialist doctor will take your individual circumstances in to account prior to prescribing.
5Where do I get the medicine?
Cannabis-based products can be obtained from any pharmacy that dispenses medical cannabis. Our staff will assist you find a convenient pharmacy that is competitively priced.
6Can I drive while being treated?
We advise all patients that are prescribed Cannabis-based products to avoid driving. Cannabis-based products for medicinal use may impair a person’s ability to drive safely, and our doctors will advise you of the risks. Further information is available on the Department for Transport website here, which includes information on statutory medical defence. Department for Transport
7Will I feel high or stoned?
Many of medications prescribed at the clinic contain THC. Typically, the THC dose prescribed is significantly lower than the dose consumed when cannabis is smoked recreationally. Your doctor will titrate your dose to maximise therapeutic benefit, without causing you to feel 'high' or experiencing other unwanted side effects.
8What are the common side effects?
The most common side effects of treatment are a dry mouth, lethargy, and lightheadedness. Information about rarer side effects will be provided and can be discussed with your doctor. You will be monitored for these side effects throughout treatment.
9Is medical cannabis addictive?
Many patients, particularly those who suffer from chronic pain, are concerned with the risk of addiction prior to starting any new treatment. Cannabis treatment does carry a small risk of habituation, however this is significantly lower than many other drugs like the morphine based opioid drugs traditionally used to treat pain. Your doctor will work with you to find a dose that effectively treats your symptoms, while minimising the risk of addiction.