Meeting patients’ needs
We offer the UK’s leading cannabis-based therapy and care for patients suffering from chronic pain, neurological and psychiatric conditions. We ensure that patients with unmet medical needs are able to access safe and effective medical cannabis therapies.
Industry leaders through experience
For years our Clinical Director, Professor Michael Barnes, has fought to change attitudes to cannabis-based therapy, standing up for the rights of patients to have the choice. He and the other specialists in our team formed strong links with the best practitioners overseas – in countries such as the US and Canada – where medical cannabis was legal earlier. The extra support and training they gained in this way gave us a tremendous head start in the UK and has helped us to be the country’s leaders in medical cannabis therapy from day one of legalisation.
Innovative and effective cannabis-based therapy
We specialise in innovative cannabis-based therapy and prescription cannabinoids to patients who have exhausted all existing treatment options, and where medical cannabis has been proven to deliver significant therapeutic benefit.
Cannabis therapy when previous treatment fails
We provide cannabis-based therapy for patients suffering from conditions where existing treatments have not been effective. Despite the change in law in November 2018, patients are struggling to access cannabis-based treatment via the NHS. The Medical Cannabis Clinics are a vital lifeline.
Patient-first premium medical care
The Medical Cannabis Clinics provide premium, effective medical cannabis care that puts patients first in everything that we do. Our staff are highly trained and genuinely motivated to improve the quality of life of their patients. Our specialists are the most respected and experienced medical cannabis practitioners in the UK.
Improving quality of life
We are dedicated to expanding patient access to safe and effective medical cannabis treatments which have been found to improve the quality of life of people suffering from debilitating conditions. These include chronic pain, as well as neurological and psychiatric conditions and symptoms.
Transforming access to medical cannabis
We are transforming access to medical cannabis by developing our network of clinics across the UK – and into Europe – to ensure that patients can benefit from medical cannabis treatments when nothing else has proven to be effective. NHS patients who have been clinically referred and funded are able to attend and access treatment at our clinics.
The UK’s leading medical cannabis practitioners
The Medical Cannabis Clinics specialists are the most experienced and respected group of practitioners working with medical cannabis in the UK today. They include leading experts across Pain, Neurology and Psychiatry.
Professor Michael Barnes, MD FRCP, Clinical Director
- Consultant Neurologist & Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine
- Founder, Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society
- Honorary Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation, Newcastle University
- Director, Christchurch Group
- Managing Partner, National Neurological Rehabilitation Chambers
- Chief Medical Officer, SOL Global Investments
Professor Barnes MD FRCP is a leading clinical neurologist and consultant in rehabilitation medicine. He is the Honorary Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Newcastle, Founder and President of the World Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation and past President of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and was elected to the membership of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has also served as the chief executive of several NHS organisations and is considered to be a leading world authority in neurological rehabilitation.
Professor Barnes co-authored the All-Party Parliamentary Group report on the evidence for medical cannabis as part of its Drug Policy Reform, working with the Irish Parliament on the medical cannabis debate through discussion and lectures. He has spoken at multiple conferences and forums (including medical conferences and parliamentary meetings) on the topic, is a supporter of End Our Pain, the campaign for medical cannabis law change, and is also a Trustee of medical cannabis law reform organisation CLEAR, and the patient medical cannabis campaign group United Patients Alliance. As the first UK doctor to successfully negotiate a prescription for medical cannabis from the government (in the case of Alfie Dingley), Professor Barnes is recognised as a powerful and influential voice in medical cannabis policy in Europe.
Dr. Eliezar Okirie, Neurological Rehabilitation Specialist
Dr Elie Okirie has over 30 years of experience as a doctor and for the last two decades, he has focussed entirely on the rehabilitation of people with severe and complex disabilities, particularly brain injury (traumatic and vascular including stroke), post-concussion injury, spinal injury and long-term neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders.
Dr Okirie’s practice looks at the assessment of disability, the determination of therapy requirements, patient-centred goal planning and rehabilitation. His work includes the assessment of care needs, advice on employment, leisure, and social prospects for disabled persons.
Dr Okirie is currently the Clinical Director and Consultant in Neurological and Specialist Rehabilitation at the Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU), Leamington Spa Hospital an NHS-E level-1 specialised rehabilitation service. He divides his time between CERU and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire undertaking major trauma work for patients requiring hyper-acute and post-acute rehabilitation management.
He is also Medical Director at Hunters Moor NeuroRehabilitation Centre Birmingham and Consultant to the British Horseracing Authority for post-concussion medical examinations. His memberships include Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians of London, Fellow at the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and Member of the World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation.
“In my practice, I see patients who are very disabled, who may have tried different treatments from acute specialists over many years. They are trying to live a normal life and make sense of everyday living with their condition, yet they are living with chronic pain. They don’t sleep well at night, they have spasms and spasticity, and they suffer all the complications that come with their condition. They are hugely impacted by the opioid medication they are being prescribed, but still, their symptoms are not being alleviated.
Exploring the benefits of medical cannabis is the right thing to do. From my perspective, I see the evidence in respect of cannabis as a treatment, and how the endocannabinoid system responds to it. It’s one more thing in the armoury of treatment options we can try for patients suffering intractable, long-term disabilities and disabling conditions.”
Dr. Elizabeth Iveson, Neurological Complex Care Specialist
Dr Elizabeth Iveson MBCHB, FRCP UK is a Consultant Physician working within the NHS and Private sector. She was appointed as a Consultant Stroke (all ages) and Elderly Care Physician at York Hospital in November 2006. Dr Iveson is the Elderly Medicine Lead for the York Integrated Complex Care Team.
Dr Iveson’s interests and expertise include all aspects of stroke care, neurorehabilitation and looking at the patient as a whole. She is experienced in the management of post-stroke complications and multiple other comorbidities such as fatigue, spasticity, continence, depression and pain. She has cared for patients of all ages with complex physical and cognitive problems and is skilled in the care of patients with complex and multidisciplinary needs. She is passionate about delivering high-quality specialist holistic care.
Dr Iveson has been actively involved in clinical research for many years. She was the Regional Lead for Stroke in the Yorkshire and Humber Combined Local Research Network. She is an Honorary Lecturer for Hull and East Yorkshire Medical School and teaches medical students regularly.
Dr Iveson was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2000 and is a member of the British Associate of Stroke Physicians, British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine, British Geriatric Society and the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation Organisation.
“In my practice, I support complex care patients who manage multiple symptoms at the same time. Over recent years, I’ve worked with patients living with chronic pain, sleeping problems, anxiety, mood disorders and those on a palliative care pathway. They are often taking a huge number of medications which are not alleviating their symptoms, and often come with undesirable side effects.
If regulated, prescribed, safe medical cannabis could help my patients who are living with intractable pain, and suffering a really poor quality of life, then clinically, it’s the right thing to try. My passion comes from this clinical evidence base – it could help people, it could really change people’s lives. I’m so keen to contribute to opening up the market for medical cannabis for everyone in the UK who could benefit from it, by promoting education and by being part of developing the research and evidence base.”
Dr. Rebecca Moore, Psychiatrist
Dr Rebecca Moore is a consultant psychiatrist with over twenty years of experience working in London in the NHS and private sector. Most recently, she worked for the South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust at St Thomas’ Hospital, caring for women in pregnancy and in the postnatal period.
She has a special interest in trauma and PTSD along with anxiety and mood disorders. Dr Moore believes it is vital to work collaboratively with patients and to draw up holistic plans for their care.
She is training with the Institute of Functional Medicine and uses diet, exercise and supplementation as first-line tools in her treatment.
Dr Moore was a Winston Churchill Fellow in 2017 and travelled to Stanford University where she first became interested in the use of cannabis in mental health. She uses CBD and cannabis with patients and considers it an effective treatment for insomnia, anxiety and low mood.
Dr Moore is the co-founder of Make Birth Better, a national campaign seeking to reduce trauma in childbirth. She hosts an annual birth trauma conference in London and writes and broadcasts regularly.
“I work in a holistic way as a psychiatrist and this has to look at all the choices available for patients. In my work I see patients with trauma, PTSD, OCD, Depression and Anxiety. My patients often have a long history and complex symptoms – I owe it to them to be totally open to all options for prescribing and treatments.Many of my patients already using CBD in different forms, or are buying street cannabis to manage their symptoms. These are products that might not be safe, and are not quality approved. There are high-quality treatments available, and I want my patients to be able to access these safe and regulated medications.
I want people to have the best treatment options – quality, regulated and safe medical cannabis, on prescription. I don’t want people to be at risk from purchasing illegal cannabis or from unregulated CBD products. I want to ensure everyone who could benefit from medical cannabis has the ability to access it safely.”
Dr. Leon Barron, Resident GP
Dr Leon Barron obtained his primary medical qualification from Queen Mary University London (Barts and The London School of Medicine), including his medical elective at The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, prior to starting hospital rotations at The Royal Sussex Hospital and Worthing Hospital.
Dr Barron has worked in a number of areas including cardiology, endocrinology and diabetes, urology, trauma and orthopaedics, psychiatry, A&E, general medicine, vascular surgery, care of the elderly, haematology and oncology and GU medicine.
His interests within General Practice include psychiatry/ mental health, respiratory medicine and chronic pain management, and diagnosing symptoms that often combine physical, psychological and social components. His focus on patients as a whole rather than just symptoms and diseases ensures that patients feel involved in their own decision making.
Dr Barron is the clinical lead at his NHS practice for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. He is also a visiting tutor at University College London Hospital (dermatology and paediatrics).
“In my GP practice, I see patients with complex conditions and chronic pain who are not responding well to conventional treatments – they are not experiencing relief from their prescribed medications, and may also be living with a range of unpleasant side-effects from these drugs too.
Overseas, the medical community is seeing results for patients with a wide range of conditions such as chronic pain, epilepsy, spasticity and mood disorders who have previously been suffering with poorly controlled symptoms . Some of these patients are having a life-changing response to medical cannabis treatment. When combined with a detailed symptom exploration and holistic approach to care, it’s clear that medical cannabis is something that could benefit patients in the UK.
I have a partnership approach with patients – they understand their symptoms and they are open to new treatments. We’re talking about people who have tried the traditional approach and are running out of options to relieve their symptoms. This is a new treatment we know is changing people’s lives, and as a clinician, I want to have every option possible to improve people’s quality of life.”
Dr Attam Singh, MB BS, FRCA, FFPMRCA
Dr Singh is a highly experienced Pain Consultant, specialising in the treatment of musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain, including neck and back pain, head and face pain, joint pain, fibromyalgia and pelvic pain.
After qualifying in anaesthesia, Dr Singh became a Consultant in Pain Medicine, gaining experience in the UK, including at the Royal Free Hospital, London, and in a range of pain centres in the USA. Dr Singh is currently a Consultant in Pain Medicine at the West Hertfordshire NHS Trust and is the Acute Pain Lead at Watford General Hospital where he manages the Acute Pain team.
A committed doctor with a holistic approach to patient care, Dr Singh is also an award-winning pain specialist, recognised with a Clinical Excellence Award for showing Care and Compassion in Clinical Practice in 2013 and Health Service Journal Award for Patient Safety in 2014. In 2012, during his time in America, Dr Singh undertook a year’s fellowship year’s fellowship at the University of Michigan.
What is medical cannabis?
Medical cannabis comes from three different species of wild cannabis: sativa, indica and ruderalis. It has been widely used as a medicine for thousands of years.
There are two main cannabis chemicals known to have the most medical benefit; THC and CBD. Treatments which include the whole plant – a combination of THC and CBD – have a better effect than just the individual components. This is known as the entourage effect. Medical cannabis with different ratios of THC & CBD is prescribed for particular conditions and symptoms.
How does medical cannabis work?
Cannabis supplements the body’s natural cannabis system; the endocannabinoid system.
This system has an effect on memory, control of movement, modulation of pain, development of nerve growth and plasticity, and the adaptability of the nervous system. It also has an influence on sleep, appetite, anxiety and social behaviour, as well as on the bladder, the bowels, the reproductive system, the heart, the hormonal and metabolic systems, and the control of cancer.
There are natural chemicals circulating in the body that attach to cannabinoid receptors in the body, CB1 and CB2. Through this chemical attachment, the body’s endocannabinoid system performs its functions. Cannabis treatments supplement and assist the body’s natural circulation of cannabis-like chemicals.
Balanced THC:CBD strains
Growing medical consensus is that a balanced ratio between THC and CBD delivers the best therapeutic benefits. Aside from addressing issues like insomnia, pain and muscle spasms, this ratio is being tested for effectiveness against conditions like skin disease, autism, fibromyalgia and certain types of cancer.
CBD dominant strains
High CBD strains can be used for many medical conditions including treatment-resistant epilepsy and anxiety, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and colitis. Often, treatments will start with a CBD dominant strain, as many people wish to avoid the “high” that may come from a THC dominant strain.
THC dominant strain
THC can be a beneficial medicine for conditions including chronic pain and post-chemotherapy treatment, as it increases appetite and reduces nausea. It can also reduce inflammation and improve muscle control and coordination. The effects can include euphoria, positive mood and relaxation. It is still best to use THC along with CBD to counteract any anxiety, which sometimes results from THC dominant treatments.
Sometimes other ratios can be used if, for example, patients are sensitive to THC then a strain with a higher CBD content can be prescribed. The high CBD content ensures the effect of THC can be counteracted, so patients can receive the benefits of both.