Last Saturday (March 9) saw history being made in the UK as the first specialist medical cannabis clinic opened in Manchester. The clinic is called The Beeches Consulting Center.
The opening of this clinic has been widely welcomed by patients and clinicians in the UK. This cannabis clinic is owned by European Cannabis Holdings (ECH), a group of companies that plans to open many more such clinics across the UK.
The clinic will be headed by two respected professionals in the medical field. These are an independent pain specialist, Dr. David McDowell, and the second is a consultant neurologist, Professor Mike Barnes.
Dr. McDowell also holds the distinction of being the first specialist to issue a medical cannabis prescription in the UK when the British government enacted a law that made it possible for patients to access medical cannabis starting from December 1. 2018.
Forzana Nazir is one of the first patients that Dr. McDowell issued a medical cannabis prescription to. She is eternally grateful for this because she has been able to transition from taking 13 different medications for her genetic disorder to just three prescription medications ever since she started taking medical marijuana.
Nazir suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome that made her nearly bedridden on a permanent basis due to the severe pain, vomiting and nausea. She credits medical marijuana for significantly improving her quality of life and also for weaning her off many prescription opioids.
The opportunities offered by this new clinic have huge significance given the difficulties that patients have been experiencing if they want to access medical cannabis through the NHS (National Health Service).
Patients are required to establish exceptional clinical circumstances, exhaust all the current treatment options available in the UK, get approval from an NHS Trust Medical Director and then get a medical specialist who is willing to accept liability for their medical cannabis treatment. Only then can a patient receive medical marijuana from the NHS. Any wonder that only four patients have so far accessed the NHS medical marijuana?
The clinic in Manchester, and others that will be opened, will offer an alternative to the complicated bureaucracy associated with getting medical marijuana through the NHS. For now, the clinic will treat chronic pain (due to arthritis, spasticity, fibromyalgia, etc.), psychiatric conditions (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.) and neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) and Phivida Holdings Inc. (CSE: VIDA) (OTCQX: PHVAF) congratulate ECH upon that major milestone of opening the first specialized medical marijuana clinic in the UK. That is a major investment which should open the eyes of other businesses to the massive opportunities that exist in the cannabis industry.
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