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cannabis information leaflet

Very few people in England are likely to get a prescription for medical cannabis.

It will not get you high, because it does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in cannabis that makes you high.

Can I get a prescription for medical cannabis?

A prescription for medical cannabis would only be given when it was believed to be in your best interests, and when other treatments had not worked or were not suitable.

“Pure” products that only contain CBD, such as Epidyolex, do not carry these unknown risks linked with THC.

Epidyolex can be prescribed for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome (both rare forms of epilepsy).

Bedrocan recently funded the publication of a booklet explaining the effects of medicinal cannabis in clear language.

The booklet is intended as an introductory text to the therapeutic use of cannabis. For now it is an English publication intended for the health sector, policymakers, and patient groups.

This booklet covers key information on the cannabis plant, cannabinoids, the biological pathway for their action, and the quality requirements of modern medicines. It also takes a forward step to consider the perspectives of experienced health professionals, and insights from patients.

The booklets official release was at the International Cannabinoid Research Society 2018 conference; this coincided with its New Zealand release, by the author, at Medsafe, the Ministry of Health.