It’s A Mistake Not To Let GPs Prescribe Cannabis Says UK Expert
Neurologist Professor Mike Barnes wrote the report which convinced UK lawmakers to legalise medical cannabis last year.
According to Professor Barnes, despite huge demand in the UK, only around 22 patients have actually received medical cannabis, with none of those prescriptions coming through the National Health Service also known as the NHS.
He says the reason for doctors reluctance to prescribe cannabis medication, is due to the a lack of education and lingering stigma over cannabis.
“We’ve got to tell our doctors that a) it’s really safe and b) that it really does help a huge number of people with chronic conditions.”
“It’s not a cure-all for everything. It’s not a wonder drug. It is another very good and very safe [drug]. That’s the point to emphasise – it’s very safe. There are very few risks to cannabis. It does benefit a lot of conditions that are troubling to a lot of people.”
Hogan, F. and Burr, L., 2019. It’s a mistake not to let GPs prescribe cannabis – UK expert. Newshub, 7 July 2019. p.1.