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The Beeches Consulting Centre in Manchester, United Kingdom, has welcomed the first specialist medical cannabis clinic. Led by Dr. David McDowell, an independent pain specialist and consultant neurologist Professor Mike Barnes will serve as Clinical Director.

Dr. McDowell made history in December when he issued the first prescription for medical cannabis. He has since prescribed to Forzana Nasir, 32, an Open University student from south London, who suffers from the genetic condition Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which leaves her in severe pain and suffering caused by nausea and vomiting.

Since taking medical cannabis, Nasir has gone from taking 13 different medications daily to just three.

“Having access to this medicine allows me to ease my chronic pain which turns an unbearable day into a manageable day. It has been life-changing for me - I was almost bedbound before this and now I have much greater quality of life. It is so important that other patients in the UK who are suffering can have the same opportunity. This clinic opening is a significant step forward for healthcare in this country.”

The medical cannabis clinic will treat patients experiencing chronic pain, many of whom currently depend on powerful and highly addictive opioids.

This new service will offer a framework under which patients can access the medication they need and alleviate avoidable suffering.

The clinics will specialize in innovative cannabis-based therapy and prescription cannabinoids, and be open, following specialist referral, to patients who have exhausted all existing treatment options, and where medical cannabis has been proven to deliver significant therapeutic benefit.

This includes potentially life-changing relief from chronic pain conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, nerve conditions, motor neuron disease, muscle cramps (spasticity); treating neurological conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; and addressing psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Source: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/new-medical-cannabis-clinic/90708/

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