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Our guidance and publications – created by our committee members – include information about who can prescribe medical cannabis, prescribing and prescriptions, conditions, funding and more.

If you’re interested prescribing medical cannabis or want to understand the regulations and process, start here.

We hope to encourage clinicians to find out more about medical cannabis treatments, reach out to clinicians interested in becoming a medical cannabis prescriber and provide guidance to make practitioners more comfortable in discussing cannabis with their patients.

How to prescribe medical cannabis

Many clinicians contact the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society looking for clarity about what is and is not permitted when it comes to prescribing this treatment option for patients.

The information which follows guides 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. If you’re a member, you can also access our regular interactive training sessions, hosted by Prof. Mike Barnes.

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Recommendations and Guidance on Medical Cannabis under Prescription

First published in 2019, the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society worked with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Medical Cannabis under Prescription to produce its guidance for medical cannabis.

Newly updated for 2021, Recommendations and Guidance on Medical Cannabis under Prescription (3rd edition) by The Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society sets out the facts about medical cannabis treatments – history, evidence and prescribing information.

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Commentary and critique on the BNPA’s Guidance on the use of cannabis-based products for medicinal use in children and young people with epilepsy (Oct 2021)

The BPNA recently produced new guidance on the prescription of cannabis medicines for children with epilepsy. Unfortunately, the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society and Drug Science fundamentally disagree with this guidance. So, our expert clinicians have produced a critique to provide commentary, evidence and further crucial information.

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BPNA commentary
How to talk to patients about medical cannabis

According to research carried out by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis in 2019, 1.4m people in the UK have used cannabis for medical reasons and over 11% of UK adults (6 million people) have tried a CBD product.

So, how should you be talking to your patients about medical cannabis?

In this new guide for UK clinicians, our expert committee and patients advise.

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A clinician’s guide to CBD

*NEWLY UPDATED FOR 2021*

This guide provides an overview of CBD for clinicians, including its modes of action and therapeutic effects, pharmacodynamics and dosing.

We also summarise the current legal status of CBD in the UK.

We hope the information contained in this publication will help doctors understand CBD and help guide their patients to the safest and most effective and evidence-based products available.

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Medical cannabis: FAQs

At the time of writing, the NHS is not prescribing medical cannabis, so patients must be prepared to pay for a private prescription.

Through our work, we are contacted by many patients and doctors who have questions about how to access medical cannabis.

Members of our expert committee have responded to a list of frequently asked questions which we will continue to update regularly.

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Information flyer – about the Society

Many patients have requested information from us that they can share with their own doctor or specialist about the support available for medical cannabis prescribing.

Please download the flyer (PDF) below to share online or print.

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