Frequently Asked Questions
What information do I need to bring with me to the consultation?
If you have a letter of referral then please bring it to your appointment together with any details of existing or previous medication taken for your current condition.
How long after seeing a specialist will I receive my medical cannabis?
This will vary depending on the specific prescription – some may be delivered the next day. Other prescriptions could take up to 28 days.
How will I receive my medication?
Medical cannabis is not kept at the clinic. Our process is like any other private clinic, you will receive your medicine from a selected pharmacy via a prescribed medical prescription.
How much does medical cannabis cost?
The cost of medical cannabis varies depending on the products recommended for you, and the dose of the medication, which varies from person to person. We employ a ‘start low go slow approach’ to get the most benefit at the lowest dose in order to find the minimum.
I want to try medical cannabis but I’m worried about feeling high or stoned
Many medical cannabis products contain only trace amounts of THC, the chemical in the plant responsible for making people feel high and for many indications it is not necessary to have significant amounts of THC to achieve symptom relief. The goal of medical cannabis therapy is to provide symptom relief while minimizing potential psycho-activity, which is very different than smoking cannabis recreationally, normally high in THC and cultivated to produce a high feeling.
How do you choose what products will work best?
Our GMC registered specialists are experts in using medical cannabis and will choose your cannabis medicine care plan products after a comprehensive assessment including the main symptoms targeted, current medications, pattern of your symptoms and lifestyle factors such as doing any safety-sensitive jobs. They will also monitor and adjust the medication on a regular basis to ensure the best effect with fewest side effects.
Is medical cannabis addictive?
Medical cannabis that contain higher amounts of THC carry a small risk of habituation and addiction if used daily for chronic use, but the risk is lower than with other classes of medications such as opioid pain medications and possibly lower than benzodiazepines for anxiety and sleep. Your medical cannabis specialist will continue to monitor you closely for signs of addiction to minimize this risk and choose specific products with lower risk appropriate for your symptoms.
What is the difference between the products you prescribe and CBD oil I can buy online or in shops without a prescription?
CBD oils found without a prescription in the UK and Europe are made from industrial hemp. Industrial hemp are strains of the cannabis plant that have been cloned and bred to remove the THC to less than 0.2%. These products vary in cost and quality and are not regulated as a medication so we do not recommend their use for medicinal purposes.
Are the drugs prescribed at the clinics legal?
Yes, medical cannabis was made legal on 1 November 2018, provided it is prescribed by a medical specialist who has taken into account the current evidence and guidelines and come to a decision that is in your best interest.
How do I know if medical cannabis can help me?
Medical cannabis can be used for symptom relief in a variety of conditions where other first line medications and conventional drugs have failed, such as in many types of chronic pain conditions, neuropathic pain, and psychiatric conditions.
If you are unsure if you are a good candidate and may benefit from medical cannabis, our GP is able to assess patients who are exploring this option without a referral letter from their physician and can assess your case to see whether it is right for you.
How much does a consultation cost?
A consultation with one of our specialists will cost £250. If you are self-referred and therefore require an additional appointment with our GP, this will cost an additional £100. Any follow up appointments with our specialists will cost £150.
Will my insurance company cover this?
We recommend that you engage with your insurance company to confirm whether your plan will cover the costs.
Do I need a letter of referral?
All Patients must be referred by a Health Care Professional or reviewed by The Medical Cannabis Clinics GP.