New clinics are expected to open on Harley Street and Birmingham later this spring.
In November 2018, the UK government legalized the prescription of cannabis products for medicinal purposes, bringing relief to all those who require non-conventional treatment for several conditions. However, despite the medical cannabis’ legalization, there are still issues in the NHS regarding the willingness of doctors to prescribe these types of products, the lack of proper medical support to patients, and the availability of trusted, high-quality products.
These are severe issues that have been undermining the proper entry of medical cannabis in clinical environments, many times presenting barriers to the patients’ treatment and recovery. However, that is starting to change, as there is a growing availability of resources, both digital and physical, to cannabis and cannabis-based products consumers across Europe.
One fine example of this change is the UK’s first medicinal cannabis treatment center, the Medical Cannabis Clinic, which has opened in Cheadle, Manchester, last March. This private institution was built by European Cannabis Holdings (ECH) and is included in The Beeches Consulting Centre. It is meant to provide consultations and specialized prescriptions to patients suffering from chronic pain and psychiatric conditions, especially those depending on strong opioids.
Prof. Mike Barnes, clinical director of all Medical Cannabis Clinics and member of the ECH Medical Advisory Board, stated to the press that “This clinic will represent a lifeline to those who have found other treatments ineffective. This also brings the UK into line with other countries when it comes to pain management. […] The hope is that over time patients all around the country and not just in Manchester will have access to the relief that they need”. Dr. David McDowell, a pain specialist responsible for issuing the first medical cannabis prescription in the UK, is the director of the Medical Cannabis Clinic at The Beeches.
According to the ECH, The Medical Cannabis Clinic at The Beeches is just the first of a wide network of medical cannabis clinics planned for the entire UK. The entity states that new clinics are expected to open on Harley Street and Birmingham later this spring.