Why doctors should prescribe medical cannabis

There’s a huge number of reasons why doctors should consider prescribing medical cannabis, whether these are more emotive or if they come from a distinctly logical, efficacy-based perspective. 

Here are some of the main reasons we believe doctors should consider prescribing this game-changing form of treatment.     

1. It can treat a number of conditions:

Although medical cannabis is a novel and under-used method of treatment that many are wary of using due to the substance’s historical stigma, new research shows that medical cannabis can be useful in the treatment of multiple health conditions. 

Conditions that have a lot of scientific backing for medical cannabis treatment include chronic pain, treatment-resistant epilepsy and some side effects of chemotherapy. 

The main three categories of physical conditions and symptoms that our specialists can treat as part of The Medical Cannabis Clinics are:

  • Pain conditions & symptoms: like arthritis, bladder pain, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, muscle cramps (spasticity), nerve conditions and more. 
  • Neurological conditions & symptoms: like epilepsy, migraines, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s disease symptoms amongst others. 
  • Psychiatric conditions: like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress and sleep disorders. 

 These cannabis-based prescriptions provide hope for those who are affected by these disorders and have had little success with conventional forms of treatment and therapy. 

2. People desperately need prescriptions:

Through prescribing this novel form of treatment, you can give hope to those who have been treated for a long period of time with no success, giving them a life-changing alternative. These people are often desperate for a form of treatment that works for them as they believe no other option is left.

A famous case study of a patient who has been hugely helped by medical cannabis treatment is Alfie Dingley, a young sufferer of PCDH19 Epilepsy, a treatment-resistant epilepsy syndrome.

Before he began using medical cannabis treatments, Alfie had to be treated with intravenous steroids that presented the risks of psychosis and premature death. Even with the use of these steroids, Alfie still experienced seizures that meant he could rarely attend school, practise hobbies or generally live the normal life of a young boy.

With medical cannabis treatment however, with oil prepared from Bedrolite eventually coupled with THC oil given under medical guidance, Alfie’s condition improved dramatically, with no seizures experienced for an astonishing period of 40 days. Even when Alfie did experience a cluster after this time, these seizures were far easier to control and were far less intense.

Alfie’s life-changing medicines were prescribed by The Clinics’ Clinical Director, Professor Mike Barnes, who works closely with us to get doctors training to prescribe. Through working with The Medical Cannabis Clinics and Professor Barnes to prescribe medical cannabis products, you can help more patients like Alfie to see a complete change in their quality of life.  

3.You can help rid the medicine of its stigma:

Only through prescribing medical cannabis treatments can the outdated stigma related to medical cannabis be eradicated. 

Once patients are aware of how these treatments can help them and improve their symptoms, they will be able to see for themselves how outdated our societal beliefs are as their results speak volumes. 

With patients successfully treated with and educated about the use of medical cannabis, the word will undoubtedly spread across their social circles and even further, slowly undoing the years of stigma associated with this form of treatment that is now more advanced than it ever has been before. 

If you are a doctor reading this article and are interested in finding out more about how you can train to prescribe medical cannabis treatment and improve the quality of life of patients in need, sign up for face-to-face training with Professor Mike Barnes here. Early bird tickets are available until Monday 25th November.

If you’re a patient reading this article, make sure to share it with your doctor so they can educate themselves and train to help you and many others in need using medical cannabis products.  

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