Medicinal Cannabis – the basics

What is Medicinal Cannabis?

Medicinal cannabis is a range of products derived from the Cannabis genus of plants that can be used in many effective medical treatments and can offer a wide range of health benefits for a patient. The use of medicinal cannabis, and the existence of specialist medical cannabis clinics, have grown rapidly in recent years. The growing popularity can be explained by its pain-relieving qualities, its ability to aid sleep and reduce fatigue, and its use to help reduce the effects of many mental health issues.

Medicinal cannabis contains no THC, the chemical often found in cannabis that gets you ‘high’, but instead contains a high concentration of CBD, another naturally occurring chemical that is often used as a relaxant to aid with the treatment of many different health issues. As well as being an effective pain reliever, CBD is often used in the treatment of anxiety and depression, seizures, glaucoma, insomnia & low appetite.

How is Medicinal Cannabis Administered?

There are many ways that medicinal cannabis can be administered, including the use of liquids and oils, consuming in the form of edibles, smoking or vaping. The chosen method will depend on the needs and preferences of the patient, in order to ensure the right treatment is received in the right way.

As with any medicinal treatment, the dose, frequency and type of cannabis will vary from patient to patient, and whilst most people will feel relaxed due to the CBD present, some can start to feel ill or anxious. For this reason, it is important that any medicinal cannabis treatment start with low doses, and ideally is guided by a professional from a licenced medical cannabis clinic.

What Kind of Benefits Does it Offer?

Many people who have suffered from long-term pain may decide that being on some painkillers for an extended period of time can have diminishing results and eventually lead to more pain and negative side effects in the long run. People have reported that medicinal cannabis has been able to effectively replace other painkillers, reducing or even eliminating the need for other pain relief techniques.

What medical cannabis does is interact with the endocannabinoid system, a complex biological function operating mainly within your nervous and immune systems, and which exists within your body whether or not you have ever taken cannabis. The system plays a role in the body’s ability to regulate sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and more, and medicinal cannabis has been shown to help when this system is not functioning at its best.

Working with your body in this way, cannabis can be used to treat a wide variety of pain conditions, both short-term and long-term. Cannabis has been shown to help alleviate the pain associated with such health conditions as arthritis, sciatica and general back pain, neck pain, and other more specific pain issues such as fibromyalgia.

If you have any questions or think you might be interested in seeking treatment from a medicinal cannabis clinic, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or on our website.(

The London Cannabis Clinic is located in London’s prestigious Harley Street and is a branch of the London Pain Clinic. We are a fully licensed and regulated medical establishment and prescribe a wide range of cannabis-based treatments for patients with a variety of needs.