Medicinal cannabis comes in various forms that can be used to manage many different kinds of pain. It can provide an effective treatment option for patients whose pain has not responded to more conventional treatments or who are unable to use the other options. We are still learning about the effects of medicinal cannabis so it is only prescribed in certain cases and the treatment is tailored to each individual patient.
Cannabis has been used for pain relief in many forms of traditional medicine and it is increasingly being used in modern medicine too. Although cannabis contains hundreds of different chemicals the medicinal effects have mainly been linked to two ingredients, THC and CBD. Various types of medical cannabis are available that contain different proportions of these chemicals in different formats. Some treatments use the whole plant in order to benefit from the combined effects of the many other substances in the leaves. Other treatments use purified substances such as CBD or cannabidiol oil to achieve more targeted effects.
Medicinal cannabis can help with pain relief because the cannabis plant naturally produces substances that mimic chemicals in our bodies. The ingredients used in medical cannabis can activate the same systems as our own chemical messengers. The endocannabinoid system plays a role in our memories, sleep, anxiety levels, and our sense of pain.
Some of the potential uses of medical cannabis for pain relief include:
Medicinal cannabis is usually prescribed when other treatments have failed or there are no other options to manage pain. Different types of cannabis-based medications are available and the treatment plan will be personalised to your needs.
Medical cannabis is a schedule 2 drug in the UK which means that it can be prescribed by doctors under certain circumstances, as set out in the GMC’s guidelines. Since the scientific evidence on the efficacy and safety of medical cannabis is still limited the treatment has to be adjusted for each patient.
Dr Michael Platt is one of the top experts on medicinal cannabis in the UK. He can provide personalised advice and help you to get the most out of the treatment. If medical cannabis is the right treatment for you then you will start out on a low dosage and gradually increase it until we find the most effective level. You will play an active role in your care and the decisions that are made as you are the expert on your own pain.
If you think that medical cannabis could help with your pain then you should get in touch or make an appointment with Dr Platt. He can prescribe medical cannabis or suggest other pain management treatments that might be helpful for you. As a pain management specialist Dr Platt takes a holistic approach that can incorporate many different treatment options.
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