On the 1 November 2018, it became legal for doctors to prescribe cannabis based drugs, which occurred with widespread media coverage. But, there are limitations to this ruling, which have not been fully explained to the public, and many neurology departments are receiving queries from patients who are requesting prescriptions for cannabis based drugs from their GP or neurologist. The change in legislation means that medicinal cannabis can only be prescribed by specialists (listed on the GMC specialist register e.g. Consultant neurologists), who have approval from their relevant hospital committees. The change in legislation has not made it possible for GPs (even on private prescription) to prescribe cannabis based medication.

The Academy have an approved letter from UKCPA, which is to aid communication with patients and medical colleagues who are asking about medicinal cannabis.

To receive a copy of this letter, please contact info@neurologyacademy.org



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