Man shows how easy it can be to get a medical cannabis prescription in the UK
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A man has posted a video to his YouTube channel demonstrating how easy it is to get hold of a medical cannabis prescription in the UK.
Drew Gilchrist, known as DrewIsSharing, is the owner of the UK's biggest weed YouTube channel.
Gilchrist opens the video explaining how he recently changed his cannabis clinic to Mamedica and has scheduled an appointment with Dr. Dave Howells, which goes over the ins and outs of getting a medical cannabis prescription.
Dr Dave first talks through Drew's medical history with him - which had been largely edited out for his privacy - but explains it will be more in depth than shown.
Drew then explains that the doctor will ask you to explain why you'd like to try medical cannabis, which will also cover chatting about how cannabis has already helped you.
He then moves on to the next part of the appointment, which covers other treatments and therapies you've already tried and why they didn't work.
The appointment then follows how much Drew is currently using as the doctor informs him that, as a controlled drug, he is only able to provide one month at a time and that the prescription needs to be reissued monthly.
Dr Howells then takes Drew through the products to see what is available for him to try.
Rounding down Drew's estimated amount, he then talks about the types of cannabis flower, oils or CBD on offer and how that fits into his lifestyle - including what time of the day or night he'd be using it as Drew explains he'd rather have a smaller amount of a few options to test out.
Dr Dave continues: "It comes in a pot it'll have your name and details on it that will tell people that it's medical cannabis."
This led people in the comments to ask if the process was as 'easy' as it looked.
Medical cannabis became legal in the UK in November, 2018, following a change in the law.
This means specialist doctors, like those at Mamedica, can prescribe cannabis-based medicines covering THC, CBD and balanced cannabis profiles and cannabis flower, oil, capsules and cartridges for a number of conditions.
According to their website, patients need to have tried two or more types of treatment prescribed by a licensed professional, GP or doctor for the condition they are referring to the clinic for with no history of schizophrenia or psychosis.
You can check eligibility for free via an online form here and then book an online initial consultation directly with a specialist doctor or request a call back.
However, the NHS also advises that 'specific cannabis-based products are available on prescription as medicinal cannabis', with these 'only likely to benefit a very small number of patients'.
They said that 'very few people in England are likely to get a prescription for medical cannabis' unless you have a severe form of epilepsy, nausea caused by chemotherapy, muscle stiffness or spams caused by multiple sclerosis.
The NHS also state that it would only be recommended if other treatments weren't suitable or hadn't helped and can only be prescribed by a specialist hospital doctor.