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Guidelines On Cannabis For Medical Professionals.

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In a new initiative, CLEAR’s scientific and medical advisor, Professor Mike Barnes, has written to the presidents of several Royal Colleges proposing the development of guidelines around the use of cannabis as medicine.

Professor Mike Barnes

Professor Mike Barnes

This is a tricky situation for doctors.  Surveys and individual reports from CLEAR members indicate that many doctors tacitly endorse their patients’ use of cannabis but clearly cannot recommend the illegal use of cannabis, however safe and effective it may be.

Professor Barnes’ letter refers to the recent APPG report, his own paper ‘Cannabis: The Evidence for Medical Use’ and says:

“…cannabis now has a reasonable evidence base for the management of chronic pain, including neuropathic pain, and the management of spasticity as well as in the management of anxiety and a use in nausea and vomiting in the context of chemotherapy.”

In conjunction with CLEAR, Professor Barnes has written to:

Royal College of Anaesthetists
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Psychiatrists

His letter goes on to explain that about one million people are using cannabis as medicine:

“I do feel that doctors need guidelines to assist them when patients request advice on the use of cannabis…doctors should be properly informed about harm reduction advice and should be aware of the clinical evidence that is now guiding medicinal use in several other countries around the world.”

Our proposal is for an initial meeting to discuss the idea.  If one or more of the Royal Colleges is prepared to back this initiative, CLEAR will set up and fund a working group of clinicians and medical education specialists to develop a set of guidelines.


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  1. Good morning Mr Reynolds,

    I tried to email ju but got a warning about non ASCII symbols in your address.

    I just recently found your blog and have been following it. I am a Swede living in Rotterdam since a couple of years and have a chronic Lyme decease (diagnosed).

    I tried cannabis a while back (from a coffeeshop) and found it helped with my joint pains and sore muscles if i used it about 2 times a week. But now is my problem that i will go to Sweden and visit a couple of weeks in the beginning of next year and would like to obtain a prescription for that time. Therefore i have started to investigate if there is a EU doctor that has an positive attitude towards cannabis as medication that could help me get a prescription after a consultation and checked my journals. I would also like to do this as a small landmark since Sweden is one of the most restrictive countries in the world but obliges to EU regulations.

    I can travel anywhere in EU for medical consultation and to get a prescription.

    Have a nice day and keep up the good work!



    November 18, 2016 at 5:52 am

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