Medical Cannabis Service

Our Brain and Mind Experts at Re:Cognition Health are proud to launch the national Medical Cannabis Service, offering treatment options to help alleviate symptoms for a variety of neurological, psychiatric and pain conditions. Re:Cognition Health is registered with CQC and MHRA for its clinical practice.

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The Medicinal Cannabis Service

Cannabis-based products can help people who have already tried licensed medicines, which have failed to meet their clinical needs.

Medical cannabis prescribed, correctly, by a medical expert after a detailed assessment and with closely managed supervision, offers a potential treatment option for individuals with a range of physical and mental health issues. Medical cannabis cannot be prescribed by a GP.

Medical cannabis comes from three different species of cannabis: sativa, indica and ruderalis. It has been widely used as a medicine for thousands of years.

Re:Cognition Health is a multi-award-winning UK and USA company specialising in diagnosing, treating and optimising the mental health of individuals of all ages. The leading team of cognitive experts cover conditions ranging from autism, ADHD and Alzheimer’s through to Traumatic Brain Injury, migraine, chronic pain, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Multiple Sclerosis.

Established in 2011, by leading Consultant Neuroradiologist Dr Emer MacSweeney,  the team employ the latest research, cutting-edge techniques and treatment plans to achieve the very best patient outcomes and results.

Re:Cognition Health is at the forefront of research and innovation, evidenced through the work undertaken in international clinical trials for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, migraine, neurodegenerative diseases, developmental disorders and neurological conditions where Re:Cognition Health is recognised as a global leader in the field.

The team at Re:Cognition Health are recipients of numerous awards with recent accolades including:

ACQ5 Law Awards 2020 Winner UK -Niche Legal Support Advisory of the Year 2020 (traumatic brain injury)

ACQ5 Country Awards 2020 Winner UK Best Practice Operator of The Year (Cognitive Healthcare Services)

Corporate International Global Awards 2020: Winner -Cognitive Health Experts of the Year

EY – Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 – Dr Emer MacSweeney Societal Impact (Winner – London and the South East)

CEO Today Magazine – Healthcare Awards 2019 Winner – Dr Emer MacSweeney

The ACQ5 Global Awards 2019 Winner – Niche Legal Support Advisory of the Year (Healthcare)

Growing Business Awards 2019– Positive Impact Winner

Personal Injury Awards 2019–  Winner Medicolegal Provider of the Year (traumatic brain injury)

Doctify – Excellent Patient Experience 2019

Great British Entrepreneur Award 2019 – Runner Up Small Business London & The South East


The services at Re:Cognition Health include:

Clinical Trials – international, late-stage clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, migraine, autism and Lewy Body Dementia

Cognitive Care –  Psychiatry, ADHD Clinic and Memory Clinic to diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of cognitive conditions

Neurological Care- bespoke diagnostic assessments and treatment plans to manage and optimise neurological conditions.

Psychological Care – bespoke treatments to help reduce distress and enable the brain to work at its optimal potential using evidence-based therapies and assessments.

Medico-legal – comprising expertise in neurology, neuropsychiatry, neuroradiology, neuropsychology and all of the supporting neuro–related therapies combined with the UK’s leading team of brain specialists. The team deliver expert witness reports and client representation in court, capacity assessments, advanced imaging  and integrated opinion reports.

Repetitive Head Injury Service-  detailed diagnostic brain assessment for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) caused by repetitive head injury.

Children and Young People – delivering an early and accurate diagnosis for neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health conditions including ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, self-harming, stress and other concerns.

The Medical Cannabis Service at Re:Cognition Health is the latest innovative clinic established to enable individuals to take control of their health, alleviating symptoms of a range of conditions affecting their wellbeing and quality of life.

About Medical Cannabis

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Endocannabinoid system

Phytocannabinoids (from the cannabis plant) are a diverse group of compounds which act on the body’s endocannabinoid system, a vital part of our nervous system.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for promoting sleep, appetite, stress reduction and modulation of pain. Activation or inhibition of the endocannabinoid system is important in the regulation of our cognitive function, inflammation, blood pressure and digestion, amongst other physiological functions.

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Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

There are two main compounds found in medical cannabis which are believed to be beneficial in the management of several chronic conditions; CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

THC may be effective for nausea and vomiting, pain relief and improving appetite, while CBD has been shown to influence seizure management, pain relief and alleviate anxiety.

Treatments which include the whole plant – a combination of CBD and THC – are associated with greater efficacy than just the individual components. This is known as the “entourage effect”. Medical grade cannabis products, with differing ratios of CBD:THC, can be prescribed by a specialist doctor for particular conditions and symptoms.

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Medical cannabis comes in several forms, including oils which may be administered sublingually (under the tongue), capsules, topical creams as well as the dried flower for vaping.

Our specialist doctors will discuss with you the most appropriate way  to  take medical cannabis, depending upon your specific clinical requirements.


What is Medical Cannabis

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What is Medical Cannabis

In the UK, the term “medical cannabis” covers a range of cannabis-containing medicinal products which are manufactured solely for the treatment of medical conditions and prescribed only by specialist doctors. Medical cannabis cannot be prescribed by general practitioners.

Cannabis-containing medicinal products contain two active components, known as CBD and THC. There are a range of products available on prescription with varying ratios of CBD:THC, depending on the condition being treated.

What is the difference between recreational cannabis and medical grade cannabis?

Medical cannabis is manufactured under stringent quality-controlled conditions to ensure it  meets necessary standards of quality, purity and efficacy, guaranteeing its  composition (CBD/THC levels). This  enables specialist   doctors to make suitable prescribing decisions. At Re:Cognition Health, our specialist doctors  prescribe only medical grade cannabis products, which meet these standards.

Recreational cannabis, unlike medical cannabis, is not prepared under controlled conditions and therefore its quality and safety cannot be guaranteed. It is of unknown composition, often containing very high levels of THC, with little CBD, increasing the risk of unwanted side-effects. Levels of THC and CBD will  also vary from batch to batch, leading to unpredictable action with lack of reproducibility of effects.

Non-medical grade cannabis may also be contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms (e.g. bacteria or fungi) and other impurities which may be harmful. In addition, recreational or non-medical grade cannabis is often smoked, which can increase the risk of lung disease and respiratory problems. Recreational cannabis or non-medical grade cannabis is illegal in the UK and medical grade cannabis is only legal when prescribed by a specialist doctor registered by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Is Medical Cannabis legal?

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Is Medical Cannabis legal?

Yes, medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in November 2018, allowing it to be prescribed by doctors for eligible patients. Currently, only specialist doctors are permitted to prescribe medical cannabis. GPs are not permitted to prescribe medical cannabis.
Recreational cannabis or use of medical cannabis products without a valid prescription remains illegal in the UK.

How does Medical Cannabis work?

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How does Medical Cannabis work?

Medical cannabis acts on cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body, these receptors are part of our endocannabinoid system which acts as our body’s ‘regulator’.

Who is eligible to receive a prescription for Medical Cannabis?

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Who is eligible to receive a prescription for Medical Cannabis?

Medical cannabis is used for the management of a number of chronic conditions.
Our specialist doctors will carry out a thorough assessment before prescribing medical cannabis, to ensure it is clinically appropriate for your condition.
The UK law currently requires patients to have tried other medications for their specified condition, before being prescribed medical cannabis. Medical cannabis is usually considered if patients have tried at least two other licensed medicines, which have failed to manage their condition adequately.

What can medical cannabis be used for?

There are no specific licensed indications for medical cannabis treatment. However, our Brain and Mind Experts at Re:Cognition Health’s Medical Cannabis Service prescribe to those who are clinically eligible.

What can medical cannabis be used for?

Common uses

Medical grade cannabis can potentially help treat low mood, stress, sleep issues, appetite, energy, low mood and traumatic flashbacks symptoms associated with a range of conditions including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress DIsorders (PTSD)
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Stress syndromes
What can medical grade cannabis be used for?

Pain Management

Pain can be debilitating, seriously compromising many aspects of daily life. Medical cannabis can be useful in helping treat many different types of pain:

  • Back pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve conditions
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
What can medical cannabis be used for?

Neurological conditions

There are many neurological symptoms that can potentially benefit from medical cannabis treatment including dizziness, slurred speech, nausea, changes in vision and seizures. Core conditions include:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Epilepsy
  • Migraine
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Huntington's disease
  • Seizures
  • Traumatic brain injury

How to Prepare for your Appointment

How to prepare

To make the most of your time you should prepare any questions and talking points in advance to ensure you utilise your time effectively.

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How you can prepare:

  • List out any symptoms you are experiencing or concerns you may have
  • If you are taking medication, please have this to hand, including dosages and duration
  • Have a notebook and a pen ready to record notes
  • Ensure you are on time – it’s a good idea to be set up and ready a few minutes in advance
  • Try to have a quiet space to avoid any distractions throughout your appointment
  • Even though the consultation will be conducted from your home, to get the most out of it you should find a quiet spot and treat the consultation as if it was in a clinic setting.
What you will require

Appointments for the Medical Cannabis Service are all conducted, currently as video consultations with a specialist consultant, from the comfort of your home. This enables anybody living in Great Britain to access the service. The medical grade cannabis will be couriered to the home address of the patient.

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You will require the following for your consultation:

  • A smartphone or laptop with a built-in camera or an attached webcam
  • A built-in or attached microphone (headphones are also very effective)
  • A good Wi-Fi connection (a slow connection may cause freezing or delays)

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