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Live Q&A with Dr Sunny The Medical Cannabis Clinics

Exclusive – Live Q&A With Dr Sunny Nayee

As part of a new planned programme of Patient Care webinars, we will be holding a live Q+A with our pain consultant and Medical Director of TMCC, Dr Sunny Nayee.

Register your place now
Live Q+A with Dr Sunny Nayee
Thursday 18 March at 6pm UK time.
Cost: Free

Dr Sunny Nayee has successfully prescribed cannabis for patients suffering from chronic pain, spinal pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, large joint pain (shoulder, hips, knees), acute pain, post-stroke pain amongst others.

The live session will last 30 minutes and give you a chance to ask questions to Dr Sunny (please note that, due to time constraints, we may not be able to respond to all questions).

If you would like to attend, please register for the event here – places are limited so we recommend you RSVP early to secure your place.

Got a question for Dr Sunny? 

Simply add it to your calendar invite with you RSVP. We will select a few of the bet ones and also leave time in the event for live questions to be picked up from the chat. Alternatively, you can send your questions through to our Facebook Page and we’ll pick the up from there too.

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Our group on Facebook is private and exclusive to our patients. This is a safe space for you to discuss your symptoms, ask each other questions and talk about how your prescriptions are helping improve your lives. We’d love for you to join our group here.

Charles Cumming my legal cannabis journey first steps

My Legal Cannabis Journey | The Third Legal Prescription

In this final instalment, Charles Cumming shares where his medical cannabis journey has led him now and how he’s been able to now stop using medication to manage his Crohn’s Disease symptoms.

“My third prescription arrived within a week and contained two Spectrum No.2 pots and 10 grams of Bol Indica MVA. The Bol flower was recommended for night time use, with THC levels of 20% and CBD levels of 4%.”

I found the new Indica was fast acting, with effects showing within around five minutes and making me feel very sleepy. The taste was fairly neutral, and the vapour was smooth upon inhalation, sending a deeply relaxing sensation throughout my body and displaying its suitability for evening use. At this time, most of the pain I was experiencing from my condition had diminished. I had also been prescribed liquid nutrition for two months, which I would take ten times a day. There were limited side effects, however the high levels of glucose syrup resulted in considerable sleep disturbance. The Bol was ideal for counteracting this side effect and allowing me get to sleep within minutes, however, the morning after I did feel a little fatigued. The Spectrum No.2 was on hand to give me the energy boost I needed when this happened.

My condition improved considerably over the next couple of months, and with my tolerance levels seemingly rising, I was hoping to take this time to give myself a break from cannabis medicines. My doctor recommended that I should be taking a month’s tolerance break every few months of use, and I had now been using the medication daily for at least two years. With this in mind, I stopped using cannabis without tapering off it as I might have done with previous medications. The first few days were a little tricky, I found it hard to get to sleep occasionally and my mood was sometimes a little low. However, after the first few nights, things got better and my sleep improved. I also started to feel more mental clarity. With any withdrawals seeming to be over, my need for the medication’s assistance reduced almost completely.

I’ve now been on a break from medical cannabis for a month, and I’m doing well without the need to medicate most of the time. I can’t imagine how much harder these last five years would have been without the help I had from medical cannabis to assist in my symptoms and the side effects from strong prescription medications. It has helped me get through a very difficult and distressing period in my life without furthering the stress that my condition inflicts, and has given me the option to opt out of pain, get the sleep I need and eat food when I have been in too much pain to even consider it.

I am incredibly grateful now to not be dependent on medication, but also relieved to know I have legal access to cannabis if I still need it’s assistance.”

If Charles’ story resonates with you, or you know somebody who could benefit from similar help, book an appointment with our medical specialists today to start your own journey into improving your quality of life with medical cannabis.

How Medical Cannabis Helps HIV Patients

Ending LGBTQ+ Month – The Evidence Behind Medical Cannabis Treating HIV Patients

As LGBTQ+ history month drew to a close yesterday, we wanted to continue highlighting the effects that medical cannabis can have when treating HIV symptoms after the 80s crisis has been so brilliantly highlighted in ‘It’s A Sin’. With the heart-breaking final episode airing a couple of weeks ago, we couldn’t be prouder to be a part of treating the disease that took so many men from us not so long ago.

While NICE, who oversee matters of clinical regulation for the NHS, haven’t made a determination around the use of medical cannabis in this context, it’s interesting to note that they have allowed for its use in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), which shares a very similar symptom profile. It’s also significant that, similar to cancer treatments, there are very nascent lines of investigation that could in time support medical cannabis as a direct treatment. 

More advanced studies indicate that cannabinoids have been shown to inhibit productive HIV infection in primary human T cells, and a CB2 antagonist blocked this effect. This is essentially an antiretroviral function, and indicates that cannabis could, at some point, be used in direct treatments.  

The highest standards of evidence are required to support any clinical pathway though, and more evidence is currently required to enable the formal use of medical cannabis to treat HIV or its symptoms. While self-medication data would support its use, careful examination of long term effects in relation to drug interactions with existing antiretroviral medications, and other factors, would be required to satisfy that clinical standard.   

As is often the case for medical cannabis in general, there is substantial and exciting potential around its value for HIV treatments, which demands further study to cross the threshold into widespread pharmacopoeias.   

If you or anybody you know is currently struggling with pain or any other symptoms from this disease or others, our team of professionals are here to help. 

How Medical Cannabis Helps HIV Patients

LGBTQ+ Month – How Medical Cannabis Helps HIV Patients

February is LGBTQ+ history month and, with TV programme ‘It’s A Sin’ taking the UK by storm and highlighting the AIDS Crisis in the 80s, we wanted to take a moment to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Thanks to medical research, a positive HIV result is no longer the death sentence that it used to be. A key area in which medical cannabis has useful clinical application is around the management of symptoms relating to a wide range of conditions, notably those that require extensive therapy, and often in cases of chronic disease.

While there is now an effective pharmaceutical approach to the treatment of HIV, cannabis has been investigated for its potential in managing both the direct symptoms of the disease, in addition to the side effects of frontline treatments. These are mostly concerned with improving appetite, reducing nausea and relieving neuropathic pain.

Studies have indicated that up to a third of HIV patients use medical cannabis, and of these a range of benefits were reported, including improved appetite (97%), muscle pain (94%), nausea (93%), anxiety (93%), nerve pain (90%), depression (86%), and paresthesia (85%).

These sorts of findings support a more comprehensive study of medical cannabis for HIV treatments, with the aim of determining whether or not they can be introduced into public healthcare.

If you’re sexually active, it’s important to get tested regularly. Catching any diseases early are key to treating them successfully. We’ll be continuing to share research on how medical cannabis has helped treat symptoms over the rest of the month, and are proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community.

Charles Cumming my legal cannabis journey first steps

My Legal Cannabis Journey | The Second Legal Prescription

In the third article of this four-part series, Charles Cumming continues to tell us about his journey with medical cannabis and how the second prescription continued to help with his Crohn’s disease symptoms:

“My second prescription arrived in two separate deliveries, due to stock levels and the pharmacy having to order in one of the medicines. Within a few days, I received a balanced flower called Pedanios 8/8 from Aurora, which contained 8.4% THC and 8.4% CBD. Around a week later, two higher THC products from Spectrum, named No.2 and No.4 arrived. Both of these contained higher levels of THC, at 17% and 21% respectively, and as these were stronger medicines I was advised to use less.

After using the previous balanced CBD:THC medicine, I was keen to try a higher quality product at a similar strength. Instead of being pre-ground this time, the prescription arrived in whole flower form. This product had a dry, dull scent which left me wondering how this might affect the vapour. It was fairly fast acting, taking around ten minutes to give me pain relief without making me feel overwhelmed or high. However, I found myself feeling more lethargic and it didn’t help as much with my depression or appetite as the previous prescription had. I also found the vapour slightly harsh, which left my throat drier than before – but I continued to use it despite this as the psychoactive effects were reduced and it still assisted well with the pain.

The Spectrum No.2 medicine, however, was almost perfect. Although this was a higher THC product at 17%, its effects suited my condition incredibly well. Doses were much smaller at around 0.8g and took around six to eight minutes to take effect. Any pain was almost instantly alleviated, energy levels were boosted, my depression disappeared and my appetite was boosted. The vapour was also smooth and had a pleasant taste, so I knew that this was a variety that I would be coming back to.

The Indica, or No.4, was well suited for night time use and was also extremely effective for pain and body aches. I weighed around 0.08g into my vaporiser, and within ten minutes the effects became very noticeable. My eyes felt heavy and it put my body into a very relaxed state, but it wasn’t overwhelming and most importantly, allowed me to get to sleep very easily. Any side effects were moderate, with the usual dry mouth and increased appetite, but the vapour was smooth and didn’t irritate my lungs. I felt tired the next morning, but this disappeared within a few hours.

When my prescription started running low, I emailed the clinic and booked in for my next appointment. My doctor’s focus was, again, on offering me the best quality available and the best prices available. I chose the Spectrum No.2 again, but this time in a slightly larger quality, and a new night time medicine which was cheaper from Israel – this hadn’t had much feedback from other patients, but with the cost difference I was happy to try it out.”

To see how Charles is now doing on his medical cannabis journey, come back to read the final instalment of his experience.

Charles Cumming my legal cannabis journey first steps

My Legal Cannabis Journey | The First Legal Prescription

After moving over from the black market to getting legal prescriptions of medical cannabis through The Medical Cannabis Clinics, Charlie Cumming continues to share his journey and how his first legal prescription helped his Crohn’s symptoms:

“When my first prescription arrived, it was in a discreet black envelope which contained two pots, each containing 5g of cannabis in different varieties. This was Bediol, a balanced THC:CBD variety of cannabis and Bedica, which was specifically for night time use. As it was late morning when this arrived, I started with the Bediol to help with the abdominal pain, nausea and depression that I was experiencing at the time. I wasn’t very experienced with balanced cannabis flowers, so I assumed the strength would be fairly mild as the levels of THC were around a third to a quarter of the usual black market cannabis I had been using. However, the initial effects were surprisingly powerful and, for the first twenty minutes, I actually felt the need to sit down after feeling quite light headed and dizzy. This only happened from the first dose, and subsequent doses in the days following didn’t show a repeat of this experience. After allowing myself to adjust to these new effects a much more balanced, calming effect took place.

I found that the treatment was effective for pain relief and the additional energy it gave me provided a considerable boost, allowing me to get on with things that I wouldn’t normally be able to. As well as its anti-emetic effects, it also helped calm my anxiety and distract me away from depression, and this lasted for a couple of hours before I needed to top up the dosage again. I kept the dosage amount fairly small, at around 0.2g. This was the lowest recommended dose on the label and also the most that would fit into my vaporiser cartridges. I found Bedica to be the most effective with the pain, and also good for other additional effects. The night time use recommendation was appropriate, as it helped me to feel deeply relaxed and managed the pain and stress symptoms so I could easily get to sleep.

I experienced a couple of side effects, with some fatigue the following morning and a dry mouth after use but these weren’t unbearable. The Bedica would sometimes make me feel ‘high’, but this feeling was manageable and contributed to the relaxation and sedation that it was intended for. I found that the Bediol even contributed to a more mindful approach to dosing, whereas higher THC products can be somewhat ‘moreish’, I didn’t find the Bediol addictive. I even noticed an increased focus after taking the Bediol, as it helped me block out the pain and allowing me to get lost in creative activities and household chores.

When my prescription ran out, I emailed The Medical Cannabis Clinics to book a follow up appointment, which cost £65. This seemed expensive as I’ve not been used to private health care, but I understood the importance of it once I was then prescribed a higher quality of cannabis, with three new varieties to try. Once again, I was able to make payment a few days later through a very simple online system and my prescription arrived in the following week.”

To carry on reading about Charles’ journey with medical cannabis and how his second prescription affected his symptoms, stay tuned for the third instalment of this series.