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TOPIC: Medical cannabis can now be prescribed by the NHS, but that’s only half the battle

Medical cannabis can now be prescribed by the NHS, but that’s only half the battle 01 Nov 2018 20:02 #10770

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Medical cannabis is now available on prescription for NHS patients, a huge victory for campaigners. But experts are warning that prescriptions may be restrictive, and doctors might still refuse to prescribe the drug.
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The decision to change medical cannabis laws was largely due to the cases of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley. Both children live with severe epilepsy and were being treated using cannabis oil. Billy and Alfie were both initially denied access to the treatment by the government. According to the Guardian, “the drug had drastically reduced their numbers of seizures each day”, prompting calls for its legalisation.

But experts have warned that only a tiny majority of patients who could benefit from the drug will be able to access it. GPs are unable to prescribe the drug under the new law. And even more frustratingly for some, specialist doctors can still refuse to prescribe it.

The government’s statement says “doctors will no longer need to seek approval from an expert panel in order for patients to access the medicines”.
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However, Alfie’s mother – who is an ambassador for cannabis campaign group End Our Pain – told the Independent that a large majority of families have been refused treatment by their doctors. So there’s little guarantee that, just because the law has changed, doctors will change their minds on allowing treatment. Prior to the new legislation, only two out of the 16 families Alfie’s mother works with managed to get treatment.

Consultant neurologist Dr Waqar Rashid argued that prescriptions will still be very selective.

“To say people can prescribe this from November is not correct, really,” he told the Independent. “We’re looking at very selective numbers of neurologists prescribing this and it would need the infrastructure to support it.”

Dr Rashid told the Independent that doctors may be reluctant to prescribe the drug due to legal fears.

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Medical cannabis can now be prescribed by the NHS, but that’s only half the battle 02 Nov 2018 05:02 #10775

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On a lighter note i am waiting for them to start prescribing Guinness on the NHS.I wonder if we all would tick the box for that free script. :cheer: ;)
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Medical cannabis can now be prescribed by the NHS, but that’s only half the battle 02 Nov 2018 10:04 #10776

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My own thoughts behind this is that Cannabis dulls the `pain` because it has an effect on the brain. Many people swear by it and if it helps people, I`m all for it. In certain states in America (and now the whole of Canada) people can just BUY it in different forms. The UK is way behind this thinking and unless they pull their finger out and keep up with the times, our economy could suffer as a result of forward thinking.

I would have reservations about anyone taking Cannabis and driving for example. It`s a drug that could potentially cause deaths on the roads, but if it was treated the same as alcohol (zero tolerance) or at the very least, some kind of measure to check people who are stopped for wayward driving, then hopefully the same regulations would apply here.

I can only see those wo are severely ill being given this drug though because it seems to be restricted even for those with chronic pain. MS patients could qualify but at the discretion of their GP/consultant. Can`t see it being prescribed for migraines or anything similar.
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Medical cannabis can now be prescribed by the NHS, but that’s only half the battle 02 Nov 2018 13:16 #10781

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jobber wrote:
On a lighter note i am waiting for them to start prescribing Guinness on the NHS.I wonder if we all would tick the box for that free script. :cheer: ;)

Totally agree, Just make mine "Bow" B)

As for "The Weed" Im very lucky where I am, Just pop across the street, local Dealer is just moments away, good Deal as well. :evil:
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