Neurological conditions and symptoms
Do you, or does your patient, suffer from a neurological condition? If you’ve exhausted all first-line options then medical cannabis could be the right treatment option for you.
Following chronic pain, spasticity is the most researched indication of the cannabis plant, with relatively strong evidence for the efficacy of cannabis in spasticity management. Cannabis has a potential dual action in spasticity – relieving muscle spasms but also reducing the pain these spasms cause.
Therefore, as current treatments like opioids present risks of dependency and NSAIDs can be harmful if overused due to toxicity issues and gastrointestinal side effects, medical cannabis may be a viable treatment alternative.
MS is one of the main conditions for which medical cannabis trials have proved promising, but medical cannabis can also be used as a spasticity treatment generally for conditions like brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke and Motor Neurone Disease.
If you satisfy the following conditions, you will be eligible to meet with one of our consultants:
- You’ve found other treatment options unsuccessful
- You are suffering from a neurological condition
- You have or can get access to your patient notes
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How medical cannabis works:
Medical cannabis treatment modulates pain through the use of phytocannabinoids, which interact with the endocannabinoid and other neurotransmitter systems in the body.
While you can buy products that may seem like medical cannabis on the high street, like CBD oil or hemp oil, there’s no guarantee that these products are good quality or will have any health benefits.
Medical cannabis that’s available through prescription, like the treatments we offer, is regulated to a high standard and is only offered after a comprehensive health assessment from one of our specialists. In this case, you can be sure you’re getting high quality care with safe and effective products.
Although there can be some side effects with these stronger, medical grade products, our clinical specialists monitor and adjust the prescribed medication accordingly on a regular basis to reduce these side effects as much as possible to ensure you’re satisfied with your care.
Meet our pain specialist
UK’s leading medical cannabis practitioners.
Dr Elie Okirie
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.
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.
“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. Elizabeth Iveson