UK’s first medical cannabis clinic opens in Greater Manchester


The UK’s first specialist medical cannabis clinic has opened in Greater Manchester.

It follows the federal government announcement that specialist docs might prescribe hashish merchandise to sufferers for medicinal use from November.

The selections by medics must be made on a case-by-case foundation and solely when the affected person has an unmet particular medical want that can not be met by licensed merchandise.

The medical director at The Beeches non-public well being centre, subsequent to the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, is Professor Mike Barnes, who helped safe the primary medicinal hashish licence for younger epilepsy sufferer Alfie Dingley.

Prof Barnes mentioned: “Sufferers affected by persistent ache and different critical neurological or psychiatric circumstances have been crying out for this type of life-changing remedy. 

“This clinic will symbolize a lifeline to those that have discovered different therapies ineffective. This additionally brings the UK into line with different international locations in terms of ache administration.

“The hope is that over time sufferers throughout the nation and never simply in Manchester may have entry to the aid that they want.”

He instructed The Instances newspaper that sufferers pays about £200 to see a physician after which £600 to £700 a month for a non-public prescription.

Bosses on the clinic say it should present a lifeline to these experiencing persistent ache, with solely 4 sufferers efficiently accessing such remedy by way of the NHS regardless of the change in regulation.

Dr David McDowell, an impartial ache specialist who will run The Beeches, has prescribed medicinal hashish to Open College pupil Forzana Nasir, 32, from south London.

Ms Nasir suffers from the genetic situation Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which leaves her in extreme ache and affected by nausea and vomiting.

Since utilizing medical hashish she has gone from taking 13 totally different medicines a day to 3, mentioned the clinic. 

Ms Nasir mentioned: “Gaining access to this medication permits me to ease my persistent ache which turns an insufferable day right into a manageable day. It has been life-changing for me. I used to be virtually bedbound earlier than this and now I’ve a lot higher high quality of life.

“It’s so vital that different sufferers within the UK who’re struggling can have the identical alternative. This clinic opening is a major step ahead for healthcare on this nation.”

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