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Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis: A Neurologist's Persepective

Presented by Professor Mike Barnes

About this module:

In this learning module, leading UK cannabis clinician and neurologist Professor Mike Barnes discusses multiple sclerosis and how medicinal cannabis may be able to assist in the treatment of its signs and symptoms. Mike discusses how one might begin treating patients with MS and how it offers hope for sufferers of this condition that as yet, has no cure.  

This presentation is suitable for healthcare practitioners and those with a background in biomedical sciences. It assumes a knowledge of the endocannabinoid system and a basic understanding of medicinal cannabis pharmacodynamics.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the basic aetiology and pathomechanisms underpinning multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • Explain the signs and symptoms of MS for which medicinal cannabis may be useful.
  • Debate the level of evidence that medicinal cannabis may be able to treat the underlying pathomechanisms associated with MS.
  • Explain how one might begin to prescribe medicinal cannabis to an MS patient naïve to cannabis?
  • Explain to a peer how one might begin to prescribe medicinal cannabis to an MS patient who is an experienced cannabis user.  

Professor Mike Barnes

Medical cannabis expert and neurologist Professor Mike Barnes has dedicated the latter part of his career to medical cannabis excellence, education and clinical leadership.

A co-author of the All-Party Parliamentary Group report on the evidence for medical cannabis as part of its Drug Policy Reform and the first adopter of medical cannabis as a treatment option in the UK, Mike shares his expertise and passion for the medical cannabis industry with international Governments, global cannabis organisations and specialist clinicians. He is dedicated to the development of an enduring domestic industry with trusted global partners and a sensible and robust approach to medical cannabis prescribing in the UK.
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