Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition caused by the body’s immune system attacking itself. This causes patches of inflammation in the brain and/or spinal cord.
It is characterised according to the progression of disease where symptoms may come and go (relapsing) or there is progressive worsening of symptoms with acute flare-up (progressive).
MS affects around 1 in 600 people in the UK.
Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
There is no cure currently for MS, therefore treatment aims to slow progression of disease, treat relapses and improve symptoms.
Medications that aim to slow disease progression are immunosuppressant medications (e.g. teriflunomide, interferon-β) that are started in a specialist setting.
Relapses are treated with a short course of corticosteroids.
Symptomatic management is usually aimed to reduce symptoms of spasticity, bladder dysfunction, and pain.
Sativex® (nabiximols), a medicinal cannabis product, is a licensed treatment for MS-related spasticity in the UK.
Other medicinal cannabis products can be considered when first line therapies have not achieved adequate benefit in improving symptomatic management.
If you are a patient or carer seeking an appointment to discuss treatment with medical cannabis, you can complete this form and we can assist you with this.
Eligible patients can provide us with their healthcare records or we can obtain these through your GP. This is to confirm that a patient’s condition has been fully assessed and all other treatment options have been attempted. We will ensure that the primary care provider receives all treatment communication to maintain the highest level of clinical governance.
We also accept referrals from healthcare professionals.
To refer a patient to us, please click here to fill and securely submit a referral form.