Robby: What are the different ways of taking cannabis if you don’t want to smoke it?
Dr Giles Elrington, Consultant Neurologist: Sure. So legal cannabinoids, of which there are a couple in the UK, there’s a spray, the trade name is Sativex, and that contains two cannabinoids and you spray it in your mouth and that’s absorbed reasonably well. And then there’s a capsule called Nabilone which is also legally prescribable, but it’s only the Sativex which is licensed for use in MS, but annoyingly, not funded by the NHS in England.
Robby: Right, but you can buy it in private prescription?
Dr Giles Elrington: Yeah, you can get a doctor to write a private prescription. It’s jolly expensive. It generally works out, I believe it’s about £500 a month. I personally don’t prescribe that, I take the attitude that I want to give my private patients the same as my NHS patients and I don’t want to get involved with prescribing cannabinoids because otherwise you end up with a rush of people.
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