Hundreds seek medical cannabis after Scotland’s first clinic opens

Sapphire Medical Clinics said 500 patients sought treatment at its Stirling office in its first week of opening.

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Hundreds of patients sought medical cannabis treatment at Scotland’s first clinic in its first week of opening.

Sapphire Medical Clinics received the first Healthcare Improvement Scotland registration to prescribe medical cannabis to patients across the country in March.

Bosses at the clinic have now announced in the first week of operation the clinic saw 500 patients.

Patients have so far been seen by remote consultation, but the group hopes to offer face-to-face appointments in Stirling once restrictions ease.

The clinic offers flowers, oils and capsules to patients suffering from a range of conditions, including chronic pain and anxiety.

One patient, from Edinburgh, said: “I am grateful to now have the opportunity to access medical cannabis via Sapphire Medical Clinics for my persistent pain condition.

“The service has been very smooth and I have been kept informed throughout the process.

“I hope to be able to use less of the opioid medication I have been stuck with for many years.”

Alyn Smith, SNP MP for Stirling, welcomed the opening of the clinic and its popularity so far.

He said: “I am delighted to welcome Sapphire Medical Clinics to Scotland as the first and only registered clinic to prescribe medical cannabis.

“The Stirling-based clinic, which is accessible from the surrounding areas, provides patients who suffer from conditions, such as chronic pain and anxiety, the opportunity to access this treatment.

“Growing the evidence base is vital to further improve patient access to medical cannabis and having met the team at Sapphire, I am pleased to see that Scottish patients will now be contributing to their comprehensive national registry database.

“I am confident that together we can bring about greater access to medical cannabis and really change lives.”