Neurological Conditions & Symptoms

Neurological conditions are already debilitating enough to deal with without having to spend time searching for a treatment option that works. If you’ve already tried all of the conventional, first-line treatment options available, then getting medical cannabis care could provide you with the relief you’re looking for. 

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. 

Another condition for which medical cannabis trials have proved particularly promising is MS. However, medical cannabis can also be used to treat a wide range of other neurological conditions, for instance brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke and Motor Neurone Disease. 

 

At our clinics, neurological specialists can carefully assess your condition and determine what medical cannabis treatment would best suit your symptoms and personal needs. 

If you satisfy the following conditions, you will be eligible to meet with one of our consultants:

  1. You’ve found other treatment options unsuccessful
  2. You are suffering from a neurological condition
  3. You have or can get access to your patient notes

 

 

How Does Medical Cannabis Work?

 

The term ‘Neurological’ refers to anything to do with the nervous system, which encompasses a wide range of conditions, including: 

  • Alzheimer’s disease symptoms
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential tremors
  • Migraines
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy symptoms
  • Parkinson’s disease symptoms
  • Seizures
  • Spasticity
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury

Medical cannabis works directly with the central and peripheral nervous systems by interacting directly with the body’s endocannabinoid system to regulate pain and provide relief from a number of symptoms. Severe epilepsy – especially in children –  is just one example. Certain childhood syndromes such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications, are treated with medicinal cannabis.

Further conditions treatable with medicinal cannabis include neuropathic pain, seizures, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and migraines.

Our leading neurological clinicians are available to discuss the benefits of medicinal cannabis. Fill out the form below to book your initial consultation.

Consultations with our expert specialist doctors start from £150.

 

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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.

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“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