The States of Guernsey has approved a change in law that will, for the first time, allow specialists to prescribe herbal cannabis for medicinal use.
The Committee for Health & Social Care believes this an important step in modernising the Island's legislation in regard to cannabis, and builds on some of the pioneering work led by Guernsey in recent years.
It must be stressed that Medicinal Herbal Cannabis (MHC) can not be requested by a patient. They would need to be referred by their GP to a relevant, authorised specialist medical practitioner.
It is only this specialist who can prescribe MHC and only if they deem it appropriate for your particular condition.
The product will have had to have been prepared in a specialist facility (UK or the EU) which is approved for carrying out such work.
There are an agreed limited number of conditions for which cannabis might be considered an option these are:
- Chronic Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nausea and Vomiting
There is potential further use in palliative care.
The specialist must advise the Committee for Health & Social Care of their intention to use these products in their practice before prescribing.
It should be noted that the law change only permits the prescribing of herbal based cannabis products which are manufactured to a pharmaceutical standard. This does not mean the States of Guernsey will fund such medicinal forms. Applications for their funding will be considered on the same basis as any other medicine which is requested for addition to the list of approved medicinal products which the States of Guernsey will fund (known as the addition to the white list).