About us

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.

Our specialists

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.

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.