The Sapphire Medical Foundation announced its first patient obtained funding for cannabis-based medicine treatment.
The Foundation is the first of its kind in the UK. It is funding the patient's fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis treatment.
The foundation was created to help people access medical cannabis, as currently, the majority of cannabis prescriptions in the UK are private. Consequently, many people struggle to afford cannabis prescriptions and must do without.
The 38-year-old teacher was selected to have her treatment funded through the grant-making processes. A clinical specialist has also confirmed eligibility for cannabis-based treatment.
Kirran suffered immense pain which prevented her from doing the simplest of tasks and unable to work.
“The foundation grant is a beacon of hope for me in amidst the darkness.”
-Kirran, the Sapphire Medical Foundation grant recipient
How to get cannabis-based medicine on prescription
In the UK, cannabis-based medicines cannot be prescribed by a General Practitioner (GP). In fact, prescriptions can only be issued by consultants listed on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council. These must specialize in the health condition for which you would like to receive cannabis-based medicine.
A GP may refer you to a consultant, however, that doesn’t mean the specialist will agree to prescribe medical cannabis or CBD.
Obtaining medical cannabis via prescription is a hard road for many for obvious reasons. As a result, patients are turning to the private health sector where some specialists are showing greater willingness to prescribe cannabis-based medicine.
Some private medical cannabis clinics have opened around the UK. However, unless your health condition has not been helped by standard medication and there is clear evidence of efficacy, they will not be able to prescribe CBPMs.