Chronic pain medical cannabis treatment

Chronic pain is usually categorised as longstanding pain that has been going on for over three months. There are a number of things that can cause chronic pain, but it is always debilitating and severely impacts quality of life. Although there are a number of medications that can be prescribed in an attempt to combat pain severity, recently, increasing numbers of chronic pain patients are turning to medical cannabis to treat their symptoms. So much so, that it is now the number one condition treated with medical cannabis.

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28 million

Just under 28 million adults in the UK are estimated to live with chronic pain.


Pain decreases by 64% after CBMP is administered, suggests US patient survey.


Of those who have tried it say medical cannabis is an effective pain treatment.

Number 1

Condition in the UK being treated with medical cannabis is chronic pain.

“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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06. 09. 2023

Is medical cannabis effective in managing pain?

If you are looking for a complementary pain management solution to add to your existing treatment plan, you are anything but alone. Right here in the UK, around 34% of the population (that's close to 15.5 million people) are affected by chronic pain. Chronic pain is an unwelcome passenger on the journey for many patients living with long-term medical conditions, and is a common symptom of countless diseases and illnesses.

22. 09. 2023

Can you get a medical cannabis card for chronic back pain in the UK? 

Medical cannabis is an increasingly popular treatment option for people suffering from chronic back pain. But to legally access it in the United Kingdom (UK), you need a physician registered to the General Medical Council Specialist Register to prescribe you cannabis. That means that, more than likely, your current GP won’t be able to help you get a medical cannabis prescription. NHS medical cannabis patients are not provided with a medical cannabis card, as unlike some other countries, it is not a legal requirement to carry a card. Again, if you are looking for the added protection that holding a medical cannabis card offers, then a private clinic is the best way to go.

13. 09. 2023

The Medical Benefits of THC explained

THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most prominent cannabinoid in most cannabis sativa L. strains, and the compound that produces the psychoactive, intoxicating effects associated with cannabis. But, along with the recreational effects of THC, research is showing that it offers a range of potential therapeutic, wellness, and medicinal benefits for those suffering from a surprisingly wide extent of conditions.


Joint pain

Burning pain

Muscle aches


Sleep problems

Poor flexibility


Decreased activity level



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

Treatment options:

Although there are a number of exercises that can prevent chronic pain from getting worse, such as swimming, yoga, and walking, this often isn’t enough. Physical therapy may be recommended as a treatment option, or pharmaceutical painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed as a first line treatment for chronic pain.








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A word from our specialist

“Many conditions that lead to chronic pain often respond poorly to conventional pharmaceutical medications. More and more is being understood about how the endocannabinoid system interacts with the more well-known pain pathways to work synergistically with these conventional medications. Chronic pain comes with a variety of associated symptoms such as poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog and reduced appetite – all of which treatment with medical cannabis can improve.“
Dr David Tang

Clinic Director

How can medical cannabis benefit chronic pain?

Medical cannabis and cannabis-based treatments have demonstrated promising potential in providing long-lasting, and rapid, pain relief respectively. It’s believed this is because of the way cannabinoids like THC and CBD interact with the receptors in our brains or body, and in the case of chronic pain, specifically those in the pain-modulating centre of our brains where they can decrease the recognition of, or sensitivity to, pain. 

It’s believed that CBD can also increase the production of anandamide, which is a chemical (or an endocannabinoid) that is naturally produced by the body. As well as being associated with pain regulation, anandamide is believed to reduce the feeling of pain, and improve mood. 

There are a number of health conditions that are often linked with chronic pain syndrome, including fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer, and endometriosis, because of the long-lasting pain they cause. Injury and surgical trauma can also be common causes of chronic pain, but chronic pain can sometimes be experienced even when these conditions improve, for what seems like an unexplained reason. 

If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and have already tried two conventional treatments to manage chronic pain, medical cannabis treatments may be suitable for you. Use our free eligibility tool to find out now. 

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