(Note: What medical professionals usually mean by ‘medicinal cannabis’ or ‘medical cannabis’ is cannabis products licensed as medical treatments. So for MS, that means Sativex, which is specifically licensed to treat muscle spasms and stiffness in MS. Journalists or other people using the phrase could mean cannabis used for any medical purpose.)
Last week, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended that cannabis-derived medicinal products should be able to be prescribed by clinicians. The ACMD advises the government on the control of drugs across the UK.
This announcement follows the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, confirming that cannabis-based medicinal products have therapeutic benefits for some medical conditions. This includes treating chronic pain and spasticity in MS. Read on.