What is medicinal cannabis?
Medicinal cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, is the use of cannabis or cannabinoids to treat medical conditions. It contains chemicals called cannabinoids, which can affect the body in various ways.
How is medicinal cannabis different from recreational cannabis?
The primary difference between medicinal cannabis and recreational cannabis is the purpose for which it is used. Medicinal cannabis is used to treat specific medical conditions, while recreational cannabis is used for non-medical purposes, such as to relax or get high.
Is medicinal cannabis legal in the UK?
Yes, medicinal cannabis is legal in the UK, but it can only be prescribed by a specialist doctor and is subject to strict regulations. The regulations were changed in 2018 to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis-based products for medical use.
What medical conditions can be treated with medicinal cannabis?
There are several medical conditions that can be treated with medicinal cannabis, including chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. However, it is up to the specialist doctor to determine if medicinal cannabis is an appropriate treatment option for the individual patient.
How do I know if I am eligible for medicinal cannabis treatment?
You should discuss your medical condition with a specialist doctor to determine if medicinal cannabis is a suitable treatment option for you. They will assess your medical history and current condition to determine if the benefits of medicinal cannabis outweigh the risks.
How do I get a prescription for medicinal cannabis?
You must be prescribed medicinal cannabis by a specialist doctor, who will assess your medical condition and determine if medicinal cannabis is an appropriate treatment option for you. They will also need to apply for a special license from the Home Office before they can prescribe medicinal cannabis.
Are there any side effects associated with medicinal cannabis use?
Yes, there are some side effects associated with medicinal cannabis use, including dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, and impaired concentration. Some patients may also experience anxiety, paranoia, or hallucinations.
How should medicinal cannabis be taken?
Medicinal cannabis can be taken in several different ways, including smoking, vaporizing, and ingesting. The method of administration will depend on the individual patient and their medical condition.
What are the different strains of medicinal cannabis and how do they differ in their effects?
There are many different strains of medicinal cannabis, each with its own unique properties and effects. Some strains are higher in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the psychoactive component of cannabis, while others are higher in CBD (cannabidiol), which is non-psychoactive and has been shown to have therapeutic properties.
How long does it take for medicinal cannabis to take effect?
The time it takes for medicinal cannabis to take effect depends on the method of administration. Smoking or vaporizing cannabis can provide immediate relief, while ingesting cannabis can take up to an hour or more to take effect.
How long does the effect of medicinal cannabis last?
The duration of the effects of medicinal cannabis can vary depending on the individual patient and the method of administration. Smoking or vaporizing cannabis can provide relief for a few hours, while ingesting cannabis can provide relief for up to 6-8 hours.
What is the difference between THC and CBD?
THC and CBD are both cannabinoids found in cannabis, but they have different effects on the body. THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis and can cause a "high" or euphoria, while CBD is non-psychoactive and has been shown to have therapeutic properties.
How does medicinal cannabis interact with other medications?
Medicinal cannabis can interact with other medications, so it is important to discuss all medications and supplements you are taking with your doctor before starting medicinal cannabis treatment. Medicinal cannabis can increase or decrease the effects of certain medications, and it can also interact with the way your body processes other drugs. For example, medicinal cannabis may increase the sedative effects of benzodiazepines, which are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. It may also interact with blood thinners, such as warfarin, and affect their effectiveness. Your doctor will be able to provide guidance on whether it is safe to take medicinal cannabis with other medications and adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Can I drive after using medicinal cannabis?
It is not legal to drive under the influence of any drug, including medicinal cannabis. Medicinal cannabis can impair your ability to drive and may affect your reaction time, coordination, and judgement. Therefore, it is important to wait until the effects of medicinal cannabis have worn off before driving. The duration of the effects of medicinal cannabis can vary depending on the method of administration and individual patient factors, so it is important to discuss driving and other activities with your doctor before starting medicinal cannabis treatment. It is always better to err on the side of caution and avoid driving until you are sure that you are not impaired.
Are there any risks associated with long-term use of medicinal cannabis?
Long-term use of medicinal cannabis may have negative effects on cognitive function, increase the risk of developing mental health issues, respiratory problems, and dependence. However, the risks may vary based on the individual patient and their medical condition, and more research is needed to fully understand the long-term effects of medicinal cannabis. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of long-term medicinal cannabis use with your doctor and follow their guidance.