Cannabis flowers (also referred to as buds, weed, and skunk) are the part of the plant that contains the highest concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds are produced in the trichomes, which mostly grow on the flowers.

 In the UK, dried cannabis flower can be prescribed as a medical cannabis treatment.


How do you take cannabis flowers for medical purposes?


In the UK, it is against the law to smoke cannabis flowers for medical purposes. Most patients choose to vaporise their prescribed medical cannabis flower, as this reduces the risk of harm and produces a cleaner inhalation experience. It is also possible to take medical cannabis flower in the form of edibles, capsules, and tinctures. These methods do not involve smoking or vaping and are considered a safer option, but the flower must first be processed into an oil or extract before being used in these forms.


Can prescribing specialists in the UK prescribe cannabis flowers?


Yes, prescribing specialists in the UK can prescribe cannabis flowers for certain medical conditions. This decision is based on an individual assessment of the patient's specific needs and circumstances.


Are all strains of cannabis flowers available for medical use in the UK?


The availability of specific strains of cannabis flowers for medical prescription in the UK is  limited by regulatory approvals and the range offered by licensed suppliers. Prescribing specialists have access to a selection of strains, each with different cannabinoid profiles and potential therapeutic effects. They will work to identify the most appropriate strain to address the symptoms being treated.


Are there any side effects of using medical cannabis flowers?


Yes, taking medical cannabis flowers can lead to side effects, much like any other medication. Common side effects include dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, and alterations in mood or perception. If you experience any side effects, reach out to your doctor for guidance on how to manage them.

It is important to note that everyone reacts differently to medical cannabis and side effects may vary from patient to patient, but generally, they are considered to be a highly tolerable and manageable. 


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