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Medical Cannabis Explained: Become a confident prescriber – July

Medical Cannabis Explained: Become a confident prescriber – July

22/07/2021, Zoom

Book your place here.

Exclusive and interactive online training for medical professionals who are members of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society and Project Twenty21. This training is intended to give you an in-depth, fully up-to-date knowledge of the medical cannabis products (CBMPs) available to prescribe in the UK, together with the confidence to know what to prescribe according to a patient’s indication. The MCCS has teamed up with Drug Science to offer their doctors, nurses and medical students exclusive live training with Professor Mike Barnes. Training takes place over Zoom video conference, so is fully interactive and provides an opportunity for meeting other like-minded medical professionals across the UK.
The three-hour interactive training session covers:
  • Indications, conditions & symptoms suitable for medical cannabis treatment, including a discussion on NICE guidelines
  • Overview of different medical cannabis product (CBMP) types: oils, flower, vape products
  • Products available in the UK, including an overview of licensed producers, how to access and which products are available under Project Twenty21
  • How CBD/THC ratios and dosage work
  • How to select the best medical cannabis product for your patient
  • Safe and effective dosing and prescribing
  • Consultations & the follow-up process, including an overview for Project Twenty21 specifically
  • Supporting challenging patients
  • Q&A - ask questions live or send your queries in advance of the training so that we can ensure these can be answered during the session
If you are not a member of the Society but wish to access the training, join the Society directly here or join Project Twenty21 and receive free MCCS membership. When your membership is confirmed, you will be able to book your place. Your booking will be cancelled and refunded if you are not a Society member.
Past Events
Medical Cannabis: Prescribing, practicalities and the patient experience

Medical Cannabis: Prescribing, practicalities and the patient experience

13/11/2019, London

A one-day conference open to all, featuring speakers including Prof Mike Barnes, Dr Dani Gordon and Prof David Nutt.

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Medical Cannabis: What you need to know – Birmingham

Medical Cannabis: What you need to know – Birmingham

27/02/2020, University of Birmingham Medical School, 6:30pm - 9pm

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30th Annual Meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society

30th Annual Meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society

04/07/2020, Galway, Ireland

Links to register and submit abstracts for this major international conference visit www.icrs2020.org.   Further details on the objectives, speakers and registration for this satellite symposium can be found at:https://nuigalwayicrs.clr.events/event/129278

Webinar: Is the lack of a domestic medical cannabis market failing UK patients?

Webinar: Is the lack of a domestic medical cannabis market failing UK patients?

15/07/2020, Zoom

Society members: watch the recording here
  On Wednesday 15 July 2020 at 6pm (GMT), Prof Mike Barnes & Hannah Deacon from The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society are joining Dr. Benjamin Viaris de Lesegno, Co-founder & Chief Medical Officer, Cellen Therapeutics. The topic – Is the lack of a domestic medical cannabis market is failing UK patients? – will be explored in full by medical cannabis expert, Prof Barnes, Patient Advocate & Director of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, Hannah Deacon and Dr. Viaris de Lesegno of Cellen, a UK-based pharmaceutical company that manufactures medical cannabis treatments. If you can’t make it on the day, please sign up anywhere and we’ll send you the link so you can watch the conversation back. This webinar is open to healthcare professionals and all members of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society.

Webinar: Practical recommendations for inhaled cannabis – Q&A for doctors with Khiron

Webinar: Practical recommendations for inhaled cannabis – Q&A for doctors with Khiron

27/10/2020, Zoom

Join us at 6:30pm on Tuesday 27 October 2020. The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society are joined by Khiron Life Sciences for an exclusive Q&A for members of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society. Vaping medical cannabis flower is often used as an alternative to, or to have alongside, cannabis oils and tinctures. Doctors prescribing medical cannabis are often asked questions about vaping by patients - from how to vape, which vape to buy, how to prepare flower for vaping and lots more. During this Q&A webinar, Khiron Life Sciences and Prof. Mike Barnes from The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society will introduce vaping and take questions from clinicians. The webinar recording will be made available for members after the event. Sign up here

Webinar: Exclusive preview of Dispensary Green – new prescribing platform

Webinar: Exclusive preview of Dispensary Green – new prescribing platform

03/11/2020, Register via Zoom

6 - 6:30pm on Tuesday 3 November 2020 Join Jon Nadler, Group Managing Director, Lyphe Group & Sorabh Dhir, Platform Lead, for an exclusive preview of Dispensary Green, a new platform developed by Lyphe Group. Built for patients, carers and doctors, Dispensary Green is a new platform that gives complete transparency and visibility of the prescribing & dispensing pathway to patients and doctors: – Easy to manage – Quick to use – Allows medical cannabis to fit into mainstream pharmacy - Ability to load prescriptions, buy and track medication and manage future prescriptions *For Clinicians and Pharmacists who are members of the Society only* Sign up by emailing us. If you are not yet a Member, join today.

Webinar: How to Start Prescribing Medical Cannabis

Webinar: How to Start Prescribing Medical Cannabis

04/11/2020, Register via Zoom

6pm on Wednesday 4 November 2020 In this webinar, part of Medical Cannabis Awareness Week 2020, doctors and clinicians are invited to join The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society for a step-by-step introduction to becoming a prescriber of this treatment. Many clinicians contact the us looking for clarity about what is and is not permitted when it comes to prescribing this treatment option for patients. The webinar will guide you through the steps required to satisfy these requirements, with further information about the practical steps you should take to ensure you are confident, compliant and well informed. During this webinar, Prof. Mike Barnes will take questions from clinicians. The webinar recording will be made available for all after the event. Attendance is limited to health care professionals only, please. Sign up here

Webinar: Medical Cannabis & Cancer: in conversation with Dr Alia Norman

Webinar: Medical Cannabis & Cancer: in conversation with Dr Alia Norman

01/12/2020, Zoom

Lead physician at the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic in St John's, Canada, Dr Alia Norman joins Professor Mike Barnes from The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society to discuss her experience of medical cannabis and cancer. For medical professionals, the webinar is free to attend. 6pm on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Register here.

Webinar: How to prescribe medical cannabis in the UK

Webinar: How to prescribe medical cannabis in the UK

01/12/2020, Eventbrite

Professor Mike Barnes will join Drug Science to discuss how to become a medical cannabis prescriber in the UK
In this seminar, Professor Barnes will be providing a walkthrough of how to prescribe medical cannabis under the current UK regulations and the future of prescribing in the UK. 2020 has been a turbulent year in which all resemblance of 'normality' has been morphed into the 'new normal'. This has also impacted the way in which prescriptions are made in the UK. Understanding the current landscape is therefore more important than ever. Prof Barnes is a neurologist who worked for many years in MS and brain injury. In 2000 he worked with GW Pharma to develop the first cannabis-based medicine - Sativex. In 2016 he produced the Barnes Report for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform which helped eventually to change the law. He then worked with Alfie Dingley's family and obtained the first cannabis license from the Home Office to treat Alfie's epilepsy. Since then he has worked exclusively in cannabis medicine, developed the first cannabis clinic and cannabis teaching programme (the Academy of Medical Cannabis) and now runs a cannabis consultancy (mapletreeconsultants.co.uk) with Hannah Deacon - Alfie's mother and the UK's most prominent campaigner.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-prescribe-medical-cannabis-in-the-uk-tickets-129306113065  

Real world evidence for medical cannabis – too strong to ignore?

Real world evidence for medical cannabis – too strong to ignore?

03/02/2021, Zoom

A virtual roundtable with expert clinicians exploring RCTs, evidence and the practical implications for prescribing medical cannabis.
The first in a joint series of three virtual roundtable cannabis education events. The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, MedCann Support & the Neurology Centre of Toronto have brought together medical global experts for an exploration of medical cannabis in the UK.
This event is for all health care professionals, clinicians and those interested in prescribing medical cannabis. It will explore randomised controlled trials, evidence and the practical implications for prescribing. The roundtable discussion, moderated by Prof. Mike Barnes, Chair of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, will include conversations with leading clinicians and a 30 minute Q&A session with attendees.
Speakers
  • Evidence, Research & Medical Cannabis, Richard Huntsman, Associate Professor Paediatric Neurology
  • Paediatric Neurology and Medical Cannabis, Dr Evan Lewis, Paediatric Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist with expertise in epilepsy
  • Prescribing medical cannabis in the UK, Dr Becca Moore, Consultant Psychiatrist
Register now | Free for all attendees| Healthcare professionals only
Access and ethics: medical cannabis perspectives

Access and ethics: medical cannabis perspectives

10/02/2021, Zoom

This is the second discussion in a series of three virtual roundtable cannabis education events. The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, MedCann Support & the Neurology Centre of Toronto have brought together medical global experts for an exploration of medical cannabis in the UK. This event is for all: clinicians and healthcare professionals, medical cannabis patients & families and those interested in learning about prescribing cannabis or its properties as a medical treatment. The focus of this roundtable will be on the different perspectives regarding access to and the ethics of medical cannabis. The roundtable discussion, moderated by Dr Dani Gordon, Vice Chair of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, will include conversations with clinicians and patients and a 30 minute Q&A session with attendees.
Speakers
  • Hurdles to Access: Prescriber Perspective, Dr Elizabeth Iveson
  • Hurdles to Access: Patient Perspective, Matt Hughes, MedCan Support & Dom Burns, Patient Committee, The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society
  • How to bridge the Access Gap - an international perspective, Dr Bonni Goldstein PHD
  • Medical Cannabis: Ethical Issues, Dr Evan Lewis, Paediatric Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist
Register now | Free for all attendees| This event is for all
A-Z of Medical Cannabis in the UK

A-Z of Medical Cannabis in the UK

17/02/2021, Zoom

The third in a joint series of three virtual roundtable cannabis education events. The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, MedCann Support & the Neurology Centre of Toronto have brought together medical global experts for an exploration of medical cannabis in the UK.

This event is for all medical cannabis patients, families and those interested in learning about cannabis as a medical treatment to explore the medical cannabis plant, the law and the patient experience.

The roundtable discussion, moderated by Hannah Deacon, Executive Director of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society, will include conversations with leading clinicians and a 45 minute Q&A session with attendees.

Speakers
  • Medical cannabis explained, Professor Mike Barnes, Neurologist & medical cannabis expert
  • From Plant to Product: Extraction, Quality Control and Reproducibility, Kelly Narine, Global BioMedical Research & Medical Affairs
  • Attendee Q&A
Register now | Free for all attendees| This event is for patients and families
Medical Cannabis Explained: Become a confident prescriber – March

Medical Cannabis Explained: Become a confident prescriber – March

17/03/2021, Zoom

Book your place here.

Exclusive and interactive online training for medical professionals who are members of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society and Project Twenty21. This training is intended to give you an in-depth, fully up-to-date knowledge of the medical cannabis products (CBMPs) available to prescribe in the UK, together with the confidence to know what to prescribe according to a patient’s indication. The MCCS has teamed up with Drug Science to offer their doctors, nurses and medical students exclusive live training with Professor Mike Barnes. Training takes place over Zoom video conference, so is fully interactive and provides an opportunity for meeting other like-minded medical professionals across the UK.
The three-hour interactive training session covers:
  • Indications, conditions & symptoms suitable for medical cannabis treatment, including a discussion on NICE guidelines
  • Overview of different medical cannabis product (CBMP) types: oils, flower, vape products
  • Products available in the UK, including an overview of licensed producers, how to access and which products are available under Project Twenty21
  • How CBD/THC ratios and dosage work
  • How to select the best medical cannabis product for your patient
  • Safe and effective dosing and prescribing
  • Consultations & the follow-up process, including an overview for Project Twenty21 specifically
  • Supporting challenging patients
  • Q&A - ask questions live or send your queries in advance of the training so that we can ensure these can be answered during the session
If you are not a member of the Society but wish to access the training, join the Society directly here or join Project Twenty21 and receive free MCCS membership. When your membership is confirmed, you will be able to book your place. Your booking will be cancelled and refunded if you are not a Society member.
Webinar: Anxiety in unprecedented times – Clinical applications and real-world experience of non-intoxicating pharmaceutical cannabis (CBD & CBG)

Webinar: Anxiety in unprecedented times – Clinical applications and real-world experience of non-intoxicating pharmaceutical cannabis (CBD & CBG)

23/03/2021, Zoom

Book your place here
Clinicians are invited to join the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society to explore anxiety and non-intoxicating medical cannabis treatment, including an overview of cannabis Sativa extract containing cannabinoids, including CBD and CBG. The impact of COVID and social isolation has had an enormous effect on many people's mental health. In this webinar, we discuss the prevalence of anxiety and related conditions and the endocannabinoid system's role in managing anxiety.
We are pleased to be joined for this informative and interactive webinar by Dr Orit Holtzman, Vice-president of the Australian & New Zealand College of Cannabinoid Practitioners and psychiatrist Dr Becca Moore of the Society's Executive Committee. The webinar, moderated by Professor Mike Barnes, will explore anxiety and the options for CBD dominant Cannabis sativa extract full-spectrum CBD and its impact on the Endocannabinoid System. With evidence, prescribing experiences, and real-world case studies. During this webinar, clinicians will learn to better identify patients who would benefit from medical cannabis treatment, understand treatment selection, prescribing and dosing high CBD pharmaceutical cannabis.

  • Dr Holtzman is experienced in prescribing cannabis, including full-spectrum Cannabis sativa dominant in CBD, to support patients across Australia living with a range of conditions, including anxiety and autism. She will share her clinical experience of prescribing medicinal cannabis for over two years in Australia. Dr Holtzman’s practice specialises in behaviour and developmental disorders and associated mental health disorders. Dr Holtzman will also present a case study involving a patient with anxiety who lives with autism and learning disability and discuss the impact of medical cannabis treatment on her patients more generally.
  • Psychiatrist Dr Becca Moore was one of the first doctors in the UK to prescribe medical cannabis. She specialises in birth trauma, PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders, supporting patients across the UK from her London practice. In this webinar, Dr Moore will present a case study involving a patient living with PTSD as well as discussing CBD as a prescribed medication. Dr Moore will discuss the role of medicinal cannabis in treating anxiety and when a doctor should look to prescribe cannabis for people experiencing mental health issues.

Attendee Q&A

Attendees are welcome to ask questions during the live webinar. To ask a question in advance, please contact us. With thanks to BOD Australia for their kind support for this event.

Medical Cannabis Explained: Become a confident prescriber – April

Medical Cannabis Explained: Become a confident prescriber – April

15/04/2021, Zoom

Book your place here.

Exclusive and interactive online training for medical professionals who are members of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society and Project Twenty21. This training is intended to give you an in-depth, fully up-to-date knowledge of the medical cannabis products (CBMPs) available to prescribe in the UK, together with the confidence to know what to prescribe according to a patient’s indication. The MCCS has teamed up with Drug Science to offer their doctors, nurses and medical students exclusive live training with Professor Mike Barnes. Training takes place over Zoom video conference, so is fully interactive and provides an opportunity for meeting other like-minded medical professionals across the UK.
The three-hour interactive training session covers:
  • Indications, conditions & symptoms suitable for medical cannabis treatment, including a discussion on NICE guidelines
  • Overview of different medical cannabis product (CBMP) types: oils, flower, vape products
  • Products available in the UK, including an overview of licensed producers, how to access and which products are available under Project Twenty21
  • How CBD/THC ratios and dosage work
  • How to select the best medical cannabis product for your patient
  • Safe and effective dosing and prescribing
  • Consultations & the follow-up process, including an overview for Project Twenty21 specifically
  • Supporting challenging patients
  • Q&A - ask questions live or send your queries in advance of the training so that we can ensure these can be answered during the session
If you are not a member of the Society but wish to access the training, join the Society directly here or join Project Twenty21 and receive free MCCS membership. When your membership is confirmed, you will be able to book your place. Your booking will be cancelled and refunded if you are not a Society member.
Webinar: CBD explored – everything Clinicians need to know about cannabidiol

Webinar: CBD explored – everything Clinicians need to know about cannabidiol

20/04/2021, Zoom

6pm on Tue, 20 April 2021 Used as a health supplement by an estimated 4- 6 million people in the UK, we know that doctors report receiving mixed messages about whether these products are legal, safe and effective. We also know that clinicians are largely unfamiliar with what patients are using and what impact this could have on their health. In this webinar, Dr Leon Barron, Society Committee Member, GP and author of A Clinician's Guide to CBD, will present an overview of CBD for clinicians, including its modes of action and therapeutic effects, pharmacodynamics and dosing. Dr Zuhayr Adia of Neuraleaf Biopharmaceuticals will also join us. Neuraleaf research the medical applications of cannabis-based medications and produce the only OTC (over-the-counter) CBD that is recommended by doctors. Ricardo Geada, Senior Associate from Mackrell. Solicitors kindly joins us to summarise the current legal status of CBD in the UK and particularly the impact of the Novel Foods Act. Sign up here

Webinar – From prescription to patient – the challenge of medical cannabis supply

Webinar – From prescription to patient – the challenge of medical cannabis supply

29/04/2021, Zoom

6pm on Thursday 29 April 2021

On Thursday 29 April ay 6pm we are joined by Lyphe Group for a webinar about the challenge of medical cannabis supply.

Over the last year, demand for medical cannabis products has surged in the UK as more and more patients receive their prescriptions. Coupled with red-tape facing importers and regulatory processes, patients have experienced delays and disruption to supply.

In this webinar for health care professionals, Chris Ashton, Chief Pharmacist of Lyphe Group will present an overview of the challenges facing the industry in terms of the prescription process, supply and importation.

We will be joined Prof Mike Barnes and a member of the Executive Committee of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society. Please note, this webinar is for health care professionals only.
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Legal but inaccessible: Medical Cannabis for Epilepsy

Legal but inaccessible: Medical Cannabis for Epilepsy

27/05/2021, Zoom

Back in November 2018, history was made when parents of children with Epilepsy finally pushed the UK government to legalise cannabis for medicinal use. Since then, only a handful of prescriptions for medical cannabis have been issued on the NHS, and the parents of children with Epilepsy as well as diagnosed adults have been forced to fork out thousands of pounds to afford private treatment plans. Many patients are having to fundraise continuously to afford to pay for their children's prescriptions. This is all happening whilst we see a drastically low number of doctors nationwide willing to prescribe medical cannabis, due to stigma, lack of legislation, guidance and education. This National Epilepsy Awareness Week, Drug Science will discuss how we got to where we are now – the policy change of 2018 following decades of bad cannabis press resulting from “war on drugs” propaganda. Drug Science will shine a light on the Epilepsy patients and their parents who are still battling the health system to access medical cannabis both privately and on the NHS. We will discuss what options are available to patients and families now, what plans are in the pipeline and how people can help spread awareness of the issues faced by Epilepsy patients and their families in desperate need of medical cannabis treatment. Finally, Drug Science will be discussing why we are faced with a deficit of prescribing doctors, raising awareness of the urgent need for more paediatric neurologists to come forward as prescribers of medical cannabis. Drug Science is committed to giving children with Epilepsy access to reduced price medical cannabis through Project Twenty21, but in order for this to happen we need the doctors to break through the stigma, learn how to prescribe medical cannabis products and to encourage their clinician peers to do the same. BOOK NOW

Exploring the emerging evidence & therapeutic potential of Cannabigerol (CBG)

Exploring the emerging evidence & therapeutic potential of Cannabigerol (CBG)

01/06/2021, Zoom

Research is continuing to discover the role of specific cannabinoids, both in their individual action, and in combination with other cannabinoids. Whilst CBD and THC are the most well-known and researched cannabinoids evidence is emerging in the role of another cannabinoid, cannabigerol (CBG). Therapeutic potential for this non-intoxicating cannabinoid hold promise for patients where conventional pharmaceutical and other cannabis therapy are not enough. This session is led by experts in the field, Prof. Iain McGregor, Academic Director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoids Therapeutics, University of Sydney, Dr Adele Hosseini, Chief Scientific Officer of BOD and Prof. Mike Barnes, neurologist and Director of the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society. Clinicians are invited to join the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society to explore minor cannabinoids, including a clinical overview of CBG, the cannabinoid pathway, the evidence and the opportunity to participate in a new exploratory study. BOOK NOW

Medical Cannabis Explained: Become a confident prescriber – June

Medical Cannabis Explained: Become a confident prescriber – June

03/06/2021, Zoom

Book your place here.

Exclusive and interactive online training for medical professionals who are members of The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society and Project Twenty21. This training is intended to give you an in-depth, fully up-to-date knowledge of the medical cannabis products (CBMPs) available to prescribe in the UK, together with the confidence to know what to prescribe according to a patient’s indication. The MCCS has teamed up with Drug Science to offer their doctors, nurses and medical students exclusive live training with Professor Mike Barnes. Training takes place over Zoom video conference, so is fully interactive and provides an opportunity for meeting other like-minded medical professionals across the UK.
The three-hour interactive training session covers:
  • Indications, conditions & symptoms suitable for medical cannabis treatment, including a discussion on NICE guidelines
  • Overview of different medical cannabis product (CBMP) types: oils, flower, vape products
  • Products available in the UK, including an overview of licensed producers, how to access and which products are available under Project Twenty21
  • How CBD/THC ratios and dosage work
  • How to select the best medical cannabis product for your patient
  • Safe and effective dosing and prescribing
  • Consultations & the follow-up process, including an overview for Project Twenty21 specifically
  • Supporting challenging patients
  • Q&A - ask questions live or send your queries in advance of the training so that we can ensure these can be answered during the session
If you are not a member of the Society but wish to access the training, join the Society directly here or join Project Twenty21 and receive free MCCS membership. When your membership is confirmed, you will be able to book your place. Your booking will be cancelled and refunded if you are not a Society member.
Clinical experience with CBD: dried flower and oral extracts

Clinical experience with CBD: dried flower and oral extracts

08/06/2021, Zoom

The approval of epidyolex for the treatment of refractory pediatric epilepsy is providing an increasing body of evidence on the clinical potential of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat different human conditions.

However, clinical research with CBD is generally conducted with much higher oral doses than what it is generally recommended for the symptomatic relief of some debilitating conditions such anxiety, depression, or sleep disorders, based on clinical experience.

Further, inhalation of CBD (e.g. vaporization of CBD-rich cannabis flowers) can be a suitable alternative to oral ingestion and has been found effective to treat several ailments such as anxiety, substance abuse disorders and migraines.

The goal of this webinar is to provide a comprehensive summary of the state of the evidence on the therapeutic potential of these CBD-rich, cannabis-based medicinal products as well as valuable insights from leading experts in the medical field.

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