Medical Cannabis now available in UK.
The 1st November 2018 is a date to be remembered, it was the day that the UK made medical cannabis available on prescription.
This is a major step forward for a government who, only a few months ago, stated that cannabis had no known medical benefit.
The high profile case of Billy Caldwell, a 12 year old boy with epilepsy, who won the right to have medicinal cannabis prescribed, a move which opened the doors to the legal reforms needed to make today possible.
Medical Cannabis Available – Not Readily Available Though
It is worth noting thought that although medical cannabis will be available, it won’t be readily available.
Medical Cannabis in the UK will only be available for patients with “exceptional clinical needs” and then only once all “traditional” treatment options have been exhausted. Even then you will need to be referred to a medical panel to make the final decision.
Basically there are more hurdles than a decathlon but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
So we are still a while away from these treatments being readily available for the vast number of conditions that medical cannabis has been shown to help including, but not limited to, Alzheimers, arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety and inflammatory conditions.