Scotland's first legalized cannabis clinic has said it welcomed more than 500 new patients to Scotland through remote consultations during its opening week (due to current corona measures).
Sapphire Medical Clinics announced in March that it had received the first Scottish registration for Healthcare Improvement Scotland to safely prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients in Scotland.
It hopes to be able to make personal appointments once the restrictions caused by the corona pandemic have been lifted.
In November 2018 medicinal cannabis in the United Kingdom legalized so that doctors could prescribe it in certain situations. Cannabis-based medications can be considered for a wide variety of conditions, including arthritis, anxiety and epilepsy.
It will use Scottish patient data in the UK Medical Cannabis Registry to shape the scientific basis for prescribing medical cannabis. It will also offer a program to help patients who are unable to pay the expensive cost of using the clinic to those enrolled in the clinic. UK Medical Cannabis Registry.
The company commissioned a YouGov poll of 10.000 UK adults to get a sense of the population's understanding of CBD. It found that 23% of the population say the main barrier to accessing medical cannabis is the lack of certainty that it is legal – two years after it was already made legal.
It found that 9% of the population adopts over-the-counter or prescription CBD products and 85% of the population is unaware that medicinal cannabis is less expensive than over-the-counter wellness CBD.
Regarding the YouGov poll, Dr. Mikael Sodergren, Managing Director & Academic Lead at Sapphire Medical has the following comments:
“The statistics clearly show that there is a need for further education about medicinal cannabis, illustrated by the fact that nearly a quarter of the population still does not know that medicinal cannabis is legal.
To bridge this educational gap, Sapphire Medical has established the UK Medical Cannabis Registry, a comprehensive, prospective registry designed to collect the results of medical cannabis therapy.
The purpose of the registry is to expand our understanding of medical cannabis as a treatment in the UK by collecting and analyzing clinical data and I am delighted that Scottish patients will contribute to its advancement. ”
Sapphire Medical Clinics was the first clinic in the UK to be registered by the Care Quality Commission, offering professional consultations for a wide variety of medical conditions for which medical cannabis can be beneficial. As part of the clinic's mission to improve patient access to medicinal cannabis products in the UK, Sapphire is also working with the Sapphire Medical Foundation to help reduce the financial barriers to access to medical cannabis and provide it for anyone who needs it. has to make accessible.
Patients are very happy with these developments:
“I am grateful that I now have the opportunity to access medical cannabis for my persistent pain condition. The service went very smoothly and I have been kept informed throughout the process. I hope I have to use less of the opioid medications that I've been stuck with for years. “