Guidelines on prescribing cannabis products throw up range of barriers and hoops

With “cannabis-based” medicine becoming legal for specialist doctors to prescribe from 1 November, the Department for Health and Social Care has issued guidelines for specialists to follow. These products can now be prescribed “medicinally where there is an unmet clinical need” by specialists, ie clinicians listed on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council. The Government has defined a cannabis-based product for medicinal use in humans as a preparation or other product … which (a) is or contains cannabis, cannabis resin, cannabinol or a cannabinol derivative (not being  dronabinol…

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