In this seminar, Professor Barnes provides a walkthrough of how to prescribe medical cannabis under the current UK regulations and the future of prescribing in the UK. 2020 was a turbulent year in which all resemblance of ‘normality’ was morphed into the ‘new normal’. This has also impacted the way in which prescriptions are made in the UK. Understanding the current landscape is therefore more important than ever.
Prof Barnes is a neurologist who worked for many years in MS and brain injury. In 2000 he worked with GW Pharma to develop the first cannabis-based medicine – Sativex. In 2016 he produced the Barnes Report for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform which helped eventually to change the law. He then worked with Alfie Dingley’s family and obtained the first cannabis license from the Home Office to treat Alfie’s epilepsy. Since then he has worked exclusively in cannabis medicine, developed the first cannabis clinic and cannabis teaching programme (the Academy of Medical Cannabis) and now runs a cannabis consultancy (mapletreeconsultants.co.uk) with Hannah Deacon – Alfie’s mother and the UK’s most prominent campaigner.