Frequently Asked Questions
Is it illegal?
Am I eligible?
Patients can get in touch with Cannabis Clinic Cardiff for a FREE eligibility assessment.
How do I get an appointment?
Appointments will be booked directly with Cannabis Clinic Cardiff once the FREE eligibility assessment has taken place and the medical history has been verified. Appointments can be either in person at Cyncoed Consulting Rooms or Virtually, dependent on need.
What if I have never used cannabis?
The Clinicians at Cannabis Clinic Cardiff have training in prescribing Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) for people with mental health disorders, whether they have prior experience with cannabis or not.
What if I am an experienced cannabis user?
The Clinicians at Cannabis Clinic Cardiff have training in prescribing Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) for people with mental health disorders whether they have prior experience with cannabis or not.
Will I be prescribed medical cannabis?
Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) will be prescribed where patients are eligible and the treatment is agreed with the specialist clinician as appropriate.
How long will it take to work?
Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) have their peak effects within 30 minutes (if vaporised) or up to 2 hours (orally). Longer term effects will be monitored, as well as any side-effects.
How will my symptoms be monitored?
Monitoring of response to CDMPs (if prescribed) will primarily be via clinician appointments at Cannabis Clinic Cardiff.
What happens if it does not work?
The Clinicians at Cannabis Clinic Cardiff have training in prescribing Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs). Each person is an individual and responses to CDMPs will be monitored.
What should I do if I get side effects?
The Clinicians at Cannabis Clinic Cardiff have training in prescribing Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs). Each person is an individual and responses to CDMPs will be monitored. If you feel that you are having side effects from the prescription, it is important to discuss this with your clinician.
How much will I be prescribed?
Prescriptions for Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) are despensed on a monthly basis. The amount prescribed will be discussed with the prescribing clinician at your appointments.
How much will it cost?
Costs for Private Medical appointments with Cannabis Clinic Cardiff are detailed on the website.
Where will I get the product(s) from?
Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) (if prescribed) can be purchased from a pharmacy as soon as the prescription has been forwarded to them from Cannabis Clinic Cardiff.
How long does it take to get a prescription?
The FREE eligibility assessment will involve you getting a copy of your Summary of Care record from your GP detailing your diagnosis and history of treatments tried. This may take several weeks. A summary letter from your relevant hospital specialist would also be acceptable, but may take longer.
What happens if the product is out of stock at the pharmacy?
Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) are unlicensed medications, individually prescribed on a named-patient basis. This means that the prescription cannot be altered once it has been issued and the cannot be dispensed until the product is back in stock.
Will it interact with my other medications?
The Clinicians at Cannabis Clinic Cardiff have training in prescribing Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs), including interactions with other medications.
Will it affect my other (physical and mental) health conditions?
Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) may be trialled in the treatent of a variety of physical and mental health conditions.
Is it addictive?
The legal, medical use of Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) is rarely associated with dependence or addiction.
Can I use it whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?
As with most medications, it is not advisable to take any Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Product (CDMP) if pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive.
Can I still use ‘black market’ cannabis?
Cannabis obtained outside of a Specialist Prescription continues to be illegal, even if you are also having prescribed Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs). The quality, safety and consistency of these products is undetermined and may complicate titration and monitoring during your appointments.
Will I feel intoxicated?
Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) contain many hundreds of chemical compounds, the most familiar being cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
What should I do if I have concerns or questions about my treatment?
It is advisable to write down any questions you have in regard to Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) to bring along to Cannabis Clinic Cardiff, when you have your appointment.
How do I get repeat prescriptions?
Repeat prescriptions are to be requested form Cannabis Clinic Cardiff on a monthly basis, with follow up appointments booked in at a minimum of quarterly.
How do I get informed of my follow up appointments?
Follow up appointments will be booked at the end of your Cannabis Clinic Cardiff appointment. It is advisable to have your diary on-hand!
Will I still get my prescription if I am unable to attend my follow-up appointment?
Repeat prescriptions will not be supplied where follow-up appointments have not been organised within a reasonable time-frame. As unlicensed, 'specials' medications, Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) require regular monitoring.
Do you have to inform my GP?
Cannabis Clinic Cardiff advise you to be open about your use of medications to all healthcare professionals invovled with your treatment. We therefore strongly advise you to inform your GP and we are happy to write official letters detailing your progress.
What should I tell my Family?
You are under no obligation to inform your family of your medication regime.
What should I tell my work?
You are under no obligation to tell your work about your medical prescriptions, unless this is required due to your profession. Certain occupations or tasks require that employees do not take any medications that might interfere with their judgement or physical skills. It is therefore important to discuss your exact requirements with your prescribing clincian at Cannabis Clinic Cardiff.
What happens if I am stopped by the police in possession of my prescription?
As a legally prescribed medication, you are breaking no laws when in posession of the Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Product (CDMP) or when using it as advised by your clinician.
Can I smoke or cook with my prescription?
The prescribed Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) must only be used in accordance with the prescribing clincian's guidance for it to remain a legal medicine.
What should I do to dispose of residual product?
As a used/unwanted medical product (e.g. vaped cannabis flower), Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) should be disposed of in accordance with existing regulations, via community pharmacies.
Where can I get more information on Medicinal Cannabis?
There are many sources of information on medical cannabis online, however negotiating this vast volume can be daunting. 'Useful LINKS' has some starting points and guidance can also be had from your clinician at Cannabis Clinic Cardiff.
Are there any Medicinal Cannabis patient support groups?
There are many medical cannabis support groups online and frequently in your locality.
What if I want to change to another cannabis clinic?
You are entitled to change clinics without giving any reason why and Cannabis Clinic Cardiff is happy to transfer your medical record and treatment history over to your new clinic.
What happens if Cannabis Clinic Cardiff is no longer able to see me?
In the event that Cannabis Clinic Cardiff is unable to contiue seeing you (for whatever reason - but please note our Zero-Tolerace Policy for abusive behaviour), we are happy to facilitate your transfer to another clinic, at your request.
What if I want to raise a concern or make a complaint?
While Cannbis Clinic Cardiff will do their utmost to provide a professional, efficient service, there may be occasion where we have not performed at the expected standard. If you feel that this is the case, we would welcome contact with us directly to investigate and address any shortcomings.
What should I do if I lose my medicine or it is stolen?
Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) remain controlled substances.
What will I be prescribed?
For eligible patients, who have agreed a trial of Cannabis-Derived Medicinal Products (CDMPs) with their specialist consultant, Cardiff Cannabis Clinic (CCC) follows the mantra of; 'Start Low, Go Slow'.
Who are Cannabis Clinic Cardiff?
Cannabis Clinic Cardiff (CCC) are a clinician-led medical cannabis assessment service, placing the patient and their experience central to the process.