What is Medical Cannabis?

Learn more about what medical cannabis is and how it’s used as an alternative form of treatment in the UK once licensed medications have been exhausted.

What is Medical Cannabis?

Medical cannabis refers to the use of cannabis or cannabis-derived products for medical purposes.

  • Medical cannabis encompasses various forms of cannabis plants or extracts used for medical treatments. 
  • It primarily contains two key compounds: THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol), each with distinct properties and therapeutic benefits. 
  • Medical cannabis is utilised to manage a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and certain mental health disorders. 
  • Its effectiveness can vary based on the condition being treated, the composition of the cannabis product, and individual patient factors. 
  • In the UK, medical cannabis is legal when prescribed by a qualified healthcare professional.
  • Medical cannabis is a Schedule II Unlicensed Controlled Drug meaning that it may only be prescribed once standard licensed medications have proved ineffective.
  • The prescription and use of medical cannabis are strictly regulated to ensure safety and efficacy. 
  • Available in various forms, including oils, capsules, sprays, and dried flower, each suited for different medical needs and preferences. 
  • The choice of form depends on the medical condition, the desired effects, and the doctor’s recommendation. 
  • While medical cannabis is generally considered safe, it can have side effects, especially when misused or taken without proper medical guidance. 
  • Common side effects include dizziness, dry mouth, and changes in mood or appetite. It’s crucial to discuss potential risks with a healthcare provider. 
  • Access to medical cannabis in the UK requires a prescription from a specialist doctor, not a general practitioner. 
  • Patients should undergo a thorough evaluation to determine if medical cannabis is an appropriate treatment option for their condition. 

Exploring Medical Cannabis with Script Assist

  • Script Assist provides a streamlined platform for patients and doctors to manage medical cannabis prescriptions efficiently and safely. 
  • Learn more about medical cannabis prescriptions 

Discover the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis and how Script Assist is making access easier and more reliable for patients across the UK.