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Medical cannabis: Scotland’s first medical cannabis clinic approved by regulators

The move will enable patients to access the drug more easily to help ease conditions such as epilepsy.

Scotland’s first medicinal cannabis clinic has been approved by regulators.

Sapphire Medical Clinics has been authorised by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) to provide safe access to medical cannabis to Scottish patients.

The private clinic is offering virtual appointments and will be offering face-to-face consultations when coronavirus restrictions allow it.

In November 2018, medical cannabis was legalised in the UK to allow doctors to prescribe it in certain situations.

Cannabis-based medicines can be considered for a vast range of conditions, including arthritis, anxiety and epilepsy.

It can also be prescribed to patients whom have tried standard treatments with little relief of their symptoms, or where traditional medicine is providing relief but with an unsustainable level of side effects.

Sapphire Medical was the first clinic granted approval in the UK after it received approval by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England.

Its Scottish clinic will be located in Allan Park, Stirling, although it was initially planning to open in Aberdeen first.

It will also be offering a scheme to help patients who are unable to pay the expensive costs to use the clinic to those enrolled in the UK Medical Cannabis Registry.

Dr Mikael Sodergren, managing director of Sapphire Medical, commented: “We are delighted to be the first clinic to be registered with HIS, which is a testament to the robust clinical governance framework we have established in evaluating patients for treatment with medical cannabis.

“By capturing clinical outcomes through the UK Medical Cannabis Registry, we will significantly contribute to the evidence base and ultimately allow more patients to benefit from medical cannabis as a treatment option.”

source: insider.co.uk

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