GPs seeing increase in patients demanding medical cannabis

The study of more than 2,000 GPs and community NHS staff found they are under growing pressure to prescribe the drugs, even though they can only be authorised by hospital specialists. Such drugs became legal on prescription last November, when health officials warned that they will only be prescribed for a “very small number of patients”. The survey by Cogora, the healthcare magazine publishers, found the majority… Family doctors are seeing increasing numbers of patients asking if they can obtain medical cannabis, new research reveals. Six in 10 GP partners and one in three nurses working in primary care said they have seen an increase in patients asking about medicines which contain cannabis.

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