Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy medical cannabis treatment

When nerves in the hands, arms, feet, or legs are damaged, peripheral neuropathy can develop. Most commonly caused by diabetes, peripheral neuropathy can sometimes be improved by making healthy lifestyle changes, or using prescribed neuropathic pain agents, but unfortunately these options are not successful for everyone. However, recently in the UK, medical cannabis has emerged as a new potential treatment option for patients who have been unable to find relief with these conventional approaches.

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1 in 10

over the age of 55 experience peripheral neuropathy in the United Kingdom, as estimated by the NHS.


Of people with diabetes, and around 30-40% of people with cancer are estimated to have peripheral neuropathy.


Of UK adults with conditions considered suitable for medical cannabis treatment describe living with ‘significant distress and discomfort’.


Of those who have tried medical cannabis for pain management said it was an effective treatment, reports Forbes magazine.

“Having a medical cannabis card makes me feel better - and that counts“

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Daisy, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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14. 07. 2023

A guide to cannabinoids for neuropathic pain

Cannabinoids come in two distinct groups. First up, we have our own endocannabinoids, which are created naturally in the body.  These endocannabinoids act as neurotransmitters, sending signals to receptors throughout the entire human body, including the nervous system.

15. 08. 2023

The science behind CBD for diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a condition that occurs when diabetes causes damage to the nervous system. The condition can affect a number of different nerves in the body, including in the feet, organs, and muscles. This damage can result in pain, tingling sensations, and numbness. Early medical research is showing that the interaction between CBD and the ECS can produce potentially powerful pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory results for people with diabetic neuropathy.

14. 07. 2023

A comprehensive guide to cannabidiol and neurological disorders

Neurological disorders. Varied, potentially devastating, and hard to group into one easy-to-digest category. They are essentially diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system conditions and include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, ALS, Bell's palsy, and a huge range of separate neuromuscular disorders. 


Numb hands or feet

Tingling sensation in hands or feet

Burning pains

Shooting pains

Stabbing pains

Poor balance and coordination

Muscle weakness

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Because peripheral neuropathy can be caused by a number of different health conditions, typically GPs try to treat or manage this condition first or make adjustments to a patient's current treatment plan. Other options like neuropathic pain agents may be considered or prescribed, and therapies to help improve muscle strength like physiotherapy may be recommended.





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A word from our specialist

"Neurological conditions are many and varied in how they can affect us. The more recognised conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis include epilepsy, where CBD mimics the action of the many anti-epileptic drugs; and multiple sclerosis, which the NHS can prescribe Sativex for. Medical Cannabis offers greater flexibility in the delivery of cannabinoid therapy for these conditions and hope in other areas of neurology, such as in the neurodegenerative conditions and the motor disorders."
Dr David Tang

Clinic Director

Are patients with peripheral neuropathy eligible for cannabis based medicinal products (CBPMS)?

In the UK, cannabis based medicinal products have been a legal, and available, treatment option for many patients struggling to manage their symptoms with conventional licensed medications since 2018, including those with treatment resistant peripheral neuropathy. 

Although evidence in this area is still ongoing and emerging, current findings suggest that medical cannabis, or cannabis-based treatments, may be able to benefit some people with common symptoms, and comorbidities associated with peripheral neuropathy. 

For some patients this may include reducing the perception, or sensitivity to pain signals, which may also reduce the amount of disturbances experienced when trying to sleep. This in turn can improve sleep quality and energy levels, which may also have a positive effect on mental health, mood and general wellbeing. 

While these options aren't suitable for everyone, cannabis-based peripheral neuropathy treatments can have impressive results for some. Our team of expert doctors are here to determine whether these options may be suitable for you, and if so, guide you through your journey with medical cannabis, tailoring your treatment plan to your specific needs. 

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