Cannabis clinic opening in UK next week as doctors prepare to hand out legal weed


 The Sapphire Medical Clinic will prescribe weed to those with “conditions acknowledged to benefit from it”   Medical cannabis was legalised last year but is still unlicensed – meaning it can only be prescribed by specialists or a GP acting under the instructions of one   Cases such as those of Billy Caldwell, 13, and Alfie Dingley, seven, revealed the benefits of cannabis oil to children with epilepsy who suffer multiple seizures and eventually contributed to a change in the law  Sapphire clinicians will have “complete freedom to prescribe any range of medical cannabis products from any available supplier”   Dr Mikael Sodergren, Managing Director and Academic Lead, explained: “The medical world needs more evidence about the efficacy of medicinal cannabis and our national database will be a major contribution to meet that need      “It will be the first to have meaningful and consistent data of how medicinal cannabis has helped when properly prescribed as part of a full treatment pathway ” The clinic will work on a second opinion basis, accepting referrals from GPs and other specialists   Dr Michael Platt, Medical Director of Sapphire Medical Clinics, added: “Medicinal cannabis has enormous potential to help patients   “But it is not a ‘silver bullet’ or ‘miracle cure’ and will not be appropriate for every patient      “So the only way to ensure the best outcome for patients is to treat their condition using a mix of clinical interventions which may or may not include medicinal cannabis, rather than to lead on offering medicinal cannabis almost as the first option ” The only existing UK clinic offering medical cannabis opened in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, in March   Like Sapphire, decisions by medics need to be made on a case-by-case basis and only when the patient has an unmet clinical need  Patients also have to pay around £200 to see a doctor, and a further £600-£700 per month for a private prescription    Last month, an expert warned the UK’s booming cannabis industry could be invaded by toxic CB polluted in China   StillCanna Inc CEO Jason Dussault has warned Brit patients relying on CBD of the “wild west” consumer market full of “dirty” CBD oils  He said: “People sometimes end up buying products that contain such little CBD they have no meaningful therapeutic effect  “People are being cheated at the expense of their health and wellbeing.”

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