Now, enough cannabis to treat 30 patients for a month has arrived in the UK from the Netherlands.
Specialist doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis since 1 November – so what has taken so long?
The two main active ingredients in cannabis are cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol but a cannabis plant will contain hundreds of different compounds.
Medicinal cannabis is currently unlicensed so doctors can prescribe it only if a patient has a need that can’t be met by licensed medicines.
Prescribing cannabis is new to UK doctors and so it may take a while before they begin doing so, says Dr David McDowell, the pain specialist who prescribed cannabis for the patients receiving their medicines this week.
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