Medical cannabis, often referred to as medical marijuana, consists of chemicals and compounds extracted from the cannabis plant that are used for medicinal purposes. The primary compounds of interest are Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While CBD is known for its calming effects and does not cause a 'high,' THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis that can alter perceptions and mood.
Medical cannabis is used in the treatment of a variety of health conditions and symptoms, including chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and the side effects of chemotherapy, among others. It is prescribed in various forms, such as oils, capsules, or sprays.
In the UK, medical cannabis was legalised for prescription in 2018, allowing doctors to prescribe it in limited circumstances. It's important to note that medical cannabis is prescribed only when other treatments have not been effective. The legal framework ensures its controlled distribution and use, prioritising patient safety and adherence to medical standards.
Medical cannabis has shown promise in providing relief from chronic pain, improving sleep, reducing inflammation, and alleviating symptoms of mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. Its use is particularly noted in conditions that have not responded well to conventional treatments. Clinical research is ongoing to better understand the full scope and efficacy of medical cannabis in various medical contexts.
Treat it at CityDock Pharmacy represents a collaborative initiative to bring medical cannabis prescription services directly to patients in a safe, secure, and professional environment. Our service is designed to provide personalised care, ensuring that each patient receives a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and health conditions.
Our approach is patient-centric, focusing on comprehensive care. Here’s how we stand out:
Our goal at 'Treat it' is not only to provide access to medical cannabis but to do so in a manner that is responsible, informed, and centered around the well-being of each patient we serve.
To ensure that your consultation is as effective and informative as possible, we ask you to come prepared. Here are some steps you can take:
On arrival, please check in with the Pharmacist. Our staff will guide you through the initial formalities before your consultation.
Your consultation at 'Treat it' is a critical step in your journey towards potential treatment with medical cannabis. Here’s what you can expect:
Initial Assessment: The consultation begins with an initial assessment where we review your medical history, discuss your current health issues, and understand your treatment goals.
Discussion of Medical Cannabis: We provide information about medical cannabis, including how it works, potential benefits, risks, and side effects. We aim to ensure you have a clear understanding of what medical cannabis treatment involves.
Personalised Treatment Plan: If medical cannabis is deemed suitable for you, we’ll discuss the formulation, dosage, and administration method that best suits your condition and lifestyle.
Consent and Agreement: Before proceeding with any treatment, we require your informed consent, ensuring that you fully understand and agree to the proposed treatment plan.
Addressing Your Questions: We dedicate time to address any questions or concerns you might have. Our goal is to ensure you feel informed and comfortable with all aspects of your potential treatment.
Follow-Up Plan: We discuss the follow-up plan, including how we monitor your response to the treatment and any scheduled check-ins.
We adhere strictly to patient confidentiality and ethical medical practices. Your personal and medical information is treated with the utmost respect and privacy.
Once your consultation at Treat it is complete, several key steps follow:
Your response to medical cannabis treatment is closely monitored. Based on your feedback and our assessments, we may adjust your treatment plan to better suit your needs and improve outcomes.
Like any medication, medical cannabis comes with potential risks and side effects. It's important to understand these as part of making an informed decision:
We take a proactive approach to manage side effects:
Our team ensures you have all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your treatment. We discuss the benefits and risks in the context of your specific health situation.
Q1: Who is eligible for medical cannabis treatment?
A: Eligibility for medical cannabis treatment is determined based on medical history, current health condition, and previous treatments. It is usually considered when other treatments have not been effective.
Q2: Is medical cannabis covered by insurance?
A: Coverage for medical cannabis varies by insurance provider. We recommend checking with your insurance provider for specific details on coverage.
Q3: How long does it take to see the effects of medical cannabis?
A: The onset of effects depends on the type of medical cannabis and the method of administration. Some forms act quickly, while others may take longer to show effects.
Q4: Can I drive while using medical cannabis?
A: It's important to discuss this with your healthcare provider. Certain forms of medical cannabis, especially those containing THC, may impair your ability to drive or operate machinery.