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“Fibromyalgia destroys lives, yet it’s mostly invisible” – how medical cannabis can help

A new webinar will discuss fibromyalgia, arthritis and cannabis medicines.

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A new webinar will discuss fibromyalgia, arthritis and cannabis medicines.

UK Fibromyalgia, Integro Clinics, Primary Care Cannabis Network, CPASS and PLEA present a collaborative, two-part webinar, discussing fibromyalgia, arthritis and cannabis medicines.

An estimated 1.5-2 million people are living with fibromyalgia and 10 million with arthritis in the UK. The management of the symptoms of these conditions can take a long time to diagnose correctly and can take even longer before they are effectively brought under control.

This two-part series aims to educate attendees on the experiences and lives of those living with fibromyalgia and arthritis, as well as show the benefits that cannabis medicines and CBD can have in alleviate some of the symptoms of these conditions.

Steven is one of three patients, who will be speaking at the second episode of the webinar. 

He is a medical cannabis patient with fibromyalgia. He shares his story from first being diagnosed to gaining his medical cannabis prescription, and how his life has improved since then. 

Steven’s story

Steven first developed FSH muscular dystrophy in 2014 and was diagnosed in 2016, after an initial incorrect diagnosis of Brachial Neuritis. Then in 2015, he developed fibromyalgia, which restricted him to a wheelchair, when outside his home.

His FSH muscular dystrophy had caused him severe nerve damage leading to his arm dropping forwards at the shoulder and giving him huge pain. He was prescribed Naproxen, Amitriptyline, Pregabalin, Tramadol and Baclofen. All had limited effects on his pain and had horrible side effects. So much so that he was taken off them leaving him with very little to treat the symptoms of his fibromyalgia.

“Fibromyalgia arrived during a very stressful period in my life, triggered by a car crash. Four months after the accident, I was admitted to hospital having difficulties with walking and pain in my back, hips and legs,” said Steven.

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“I had already exhausted all other common pain killers because of the treatment I had already received for FSH muscular dystrophy, which had started a year before.”

Having come off these medicines, Steven then had six weeks of physiotherapy, which didn’t help and caused him great pain. After this, he was not referred to any doctors or for psychological help, which he should have been as per NICE guidelines. It was at this point that he turned to medical cannabis, and in June 2019, he received his first prescription.

Steven discovered that using medical cannabis allowed him to gain back his mental and physical strength. It allowed him to sleep better and recoup.

“I got my first medical cannabis prescription in June 2019 and it was the best decision I’ve ever made to treat my illness,” he said.

“Over time the brain fog that I was perpetually in receded. I can compare my fibromyalgia with a volcano, that was bubbling and active, the cannabis soothed and quietened it. It allowed my stiffness and fatigue to reduce, and my body began to recover and flourish. Whole aspects of my personality that had switched off returned. Mentally and physically, I was healing, and I had the space to be me.

“The consistent quality and regular supply of medical cannabis, as opposed to black-market cannabis, was vital.  It allowed me to get a constant level of relief that allowed me to rebalance my vulnerable body and mind. With each month of use, symptoms would reduce or completely go and my kids all commented on the massive change in my energy levels.”

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Steven will be part of the roundtable panel in the second episode of the webinar and will discuss why he believes medical cannabis should be more widely accessible for patients when conventional medicines no longer help.

He added: “I want to help raise the profile of medical cannabis as an effective form of treatment for fibromyalgia at the same time as helping to raise awareness of the condition. It destroys people’s lives, it destroys families, careers, takes parents, partners, friends & loved ones away from us and locks them in a constant cycle of pain, anxiety and fatigue.

“It is a very destructive illness yet mostly invisible because these people are isolated at home suffering & unable to talk about it. This webinar is an opportunity to shed light on the topic of fibromyalgia and bring more attention to this illness and exactly how it affects people.”

Register for this free event here

If you would like further information or to speak to Dr Anthony Ordman please contact  Integro Clinics:  

Website: www.integroclinics.com

Email: Contact@integroclinics.com

Twitter: @clinicsintegro

Integro Medical Clinics Ltd always recommends remaining under the care and treatment of your GP and specialist for your condition, while using cannabis-based medicines, and the Integro clinical team would always prefer to work in collaboration with them. 

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Take a look behind the scenes at Dispensary Green – and put your questions to the experts

A upcoming webinar will give patients the chance to find out more about where their prescription comes from.

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The dispensary will give patients a glimpse behind the scenes for the first time.

A new webinar will give patients the chance to see behind the scenes at one of the industry’s major medical cannabis dispensaries. 

Medical cannabis patients will have a rare opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in one of the industry’s leading pharmacies, at a webinar taking place on Friday 3 December.

Dispensary Green, is a medical cannabis pharmacy, which currently processes thousands of prescriptions every month.

The pharmacy, which is owned by LYPHE Group, has been in operation since 2019 and has dispatched more than 50,000 items to date.

Now Chris Ashton, the pharmacy’s chief superintendent – and a panel of guests – will open the doors to the dispensary, giving patients the chance to see what really goes on and put their own questions to the experts. 

The webinar, titled Behind the scenes with Dispensary Green plus patient Q+A, will cover a range of topics including insight on how the medical cannabis industry works, what the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is and how this affects access to products, as well as the daily operations of a dispensary.

Patients will then be handed the floor for an open Q&A where they will have the chance to ask members of the panel questions directly.

Chris Ashton, chief superintendent at Dispensary Green, commented: “Dispensary Green is a leading pharmacy, designed to serve and assist patients all over the UK and Channel Islands.

“We’ve seen a growing level of enquiries from patients who are keen to know more about their medical supply chain and processes.

“During this event we’ll be sharing expert voices and answering patient questions.

“I’m looking forward to connecting to as many people as possible and revealing what really goes on behind the scenes at Dispensary Green and the wider industry.”

Behind the scenes with Dispensary Green plus patient Q+A is a free event and takes place at 1pm on Friday 3 December. Click here to sign up and submit your questions in advance.

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Competition time: Cannabis Health’s 24 days of Christmas giveaways

Our Christmas giveaway launches this week – here’s how you can get involved

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We are very excited to announce our month of Christmas giveaways starts this week over on Instagram. Here’s how you can get involved.

Nothing says Christmas like gifts, so we thought we would get into the spirit of things by giving you the chance to win some incredible goodies during the countdown to the festivities.

Every day from the 1-24 December, we will be giving away a variety of CBD products from some of the leaders in the industry.

You could be in with a chance of winning oils, skincare, edibles, bath bombs and much more – (we’re keeping the exact prizes under wraps for now!)

A new gift will be announced each day, from brands such as Biosportart, J’Tanicals, Mendy, Bud & Tender, Amphora and Savage Cabbage/ Charlotte’s Web.

To enter

To be in with a chance to win one of our gifts, check our Instagram page daily, from Wednesday 1 December and follow the instructions to enter.

You can enter as many times as you like and tag your friends to encourage them to take part too.

Terms and conditions, as always, apply. The competition winner will be chosen at random on Instagram only.

Visit the Cannabis Health Instagram page

Good Luck!

Looking for Christmas gift ideas?

Our Christmas gift guide has everything from edibles to oils perfect for those new to CBD or canna-xperts. The guide features our selection of gifts for wellness, sleep, sports and skincare to give you plenty of ideas.

Read our CBD gift guide here

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How cannabis can offer an alternative for menopause symptoms

Experts at Integro Clinics explore how cannabis medicines can offer an effective alternative to HRT

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Experts at Integro Clinics explore how cannabis medicines can offer an effective alternative to HRT treatment for menopause symptom control.

It is now widely accepted that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can be very useful in treating menopause symptoms. However, it is not suitable for all women – some who may not feel comfortable using it or have a medical contraindication such as a family history of cancer.

There is an alternative out there that can be used in conjunction with HRT treatment, to complement it, or used entirely on its own – cannabis medicines.

At Integro Clinics our female pain expert, Dr Sally Ghazaleh and Neuropsychiatrist, Dr Mayur Bodani have seen encouraging results from patients using medical cannabis in the form of an ingestible oil (CBD mixed with THC) and by vaping prescribed cannabis flower.

The specific symptom cannabis-based medicines (CBM’s) can address in menopause include insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, low libido, and brain fog. If you have profoundly disturbed sleep, it can have a massive impact on your quality of life, mental well-being & ability to cope.

At Integro Clinics we have witnessed that once the patient achieves a better and more consistent regular quality of sleep, with the help of CBM’s, everything starts to pick up. Anxiety can decrease, the desire to take physical exercise and mental clarity are increased, which can lead to a lift in depression and a more positive mindset.

If you are interested in finding out in more detail how CBM’s can help you with your menopause symptoms, do not miss the opportunity to register for free for a webinar on Tuesday 30 November.  Hosted by Integro Clinics, Cannabis Health and Cannabis Patient Advocacy and Support Services (CPASS), it will look to break down the stigma that women face when it comes to menopause and medical cannabis.

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To register for a free ticket for the webinar, please click here

On the panel

Integro Clinics Dr Sally Ghazaleh and Dr Mayur Bodani will join other experts in the field including specialist sexual health nurse Sarah Higgins. There will also be an opportunity to take questions from the audience.

Menopause: Dr Sally Ghazaleh

Dr Sally Ghazaleh

Dr Sally Ghazaleh is a pain management consultant and prescriber of cannabis-based medicines at Integro Clinics, where she is the resident female pain expert. Dr Ghazaleh specialises in managing patients with lower back pain, neck pain, neuropathic pain, abdominal pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, post-stroke pain and fibromyalgia. She has a particular interest in bladder and abdominal pain in women, and women’s health in general & menopause. She is fluent in Arabic, English and Hungarian.

Menopause: Dr Mayur Bodan

Dr Mayur Bodani

Dr Mayur Bodani, a neuropsychiatrist at Integro Clinics qualified in both General Medicine (to hospital medicine standard) and neuropsychiatry. He has over 25 years of experience in the field and prescribes cannabis medicines at Integro Clinics for mental health-related conditions.

Gone are the days where women are just supposed to put up and get on with it – there are new medicines out there such as medical cannabis, that can address and help menopause symptoms.

If you would like further information or to speak to Dr Sally Ghazaleh or Dr Mayur Bodani or any of the team at Integro please contact us at:

Website: www.integroclinics.com
Email: Contact@integroclinics.com
Twitter: @clinicsintegro

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