Phoenix Mental Health Services has a Cannabis Clinic run by our specialist, Dr Martine Stoffels.
Dr Stoffels is able to make an expert assessment to evaluate if medical cannabis can help treat your condition. She will take into account your medical history, national guidelines and most importantly your needs. The aim of our Cannabis Clinic is to offer this treatment option alongside psychiatric input and objective measures to provide you with the best care and treatment outcome possible.
We offer personalised treatments for chronic and debilitating conditions including psychiatric conditions, chronic pain conditions and neurological conditions. You can read more about the evidence of using cannabis to treat each condition below.
What is different about our Cannabis Clinic?
Initial appointments are up to an hour and include an in-depth psychiatric assessment and input by a specialist. There is also a discussion about other diagnoses, if appropriate.
All appointments and follow-ups are with a consultant, none are pharmacist-led.
We are very transparent about our costs; you know exactly what you are paying for.
If requested, and within the cost of your initial appointment, our consultant can write a letter to your GP detailing the outcomes of your appointment
If requested, our consultant can write a letter to your place of work and for travel purposes.
We use objective measures to assess and monitor your symptoms throughout your time with us, so we can quantify improvements.
We offer you other treatment options, if more appropriate, or additional treatments alongside medicinal cannabis to encourage the best patient outcome.
The flow chart above shows how our Cannabis Clinic works and more information on the costs. Our package price covers the first three months of your treatment, however prescription for the medicinal cannabis must be paid separately to your pharmacist. We also require a copy of your Summary Care Records prior to your first appointment, which you can request through your GP.
Medical cannabis can provide long-term relief from most psychiatric conditions and symptoms. Some of the most common conditions that can be treated are anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, Eating Disorders and Stress Disorders.
Medical cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating symptoms of stress, low mood, traumatic flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and difficulties with sleep and appetite. Studies have shown that cannabinoids found in cannabis treat these symptoms by working with the system responsible for processing emotions, such as fear, anxiety and stress.
Medical cannabis can help treat conditions linked to the nervous symptoms, these include, but are not limited to, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, Migraines, Tremors, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease.
Studies have shown that medical cannabis works directly with the central and peripheral nervous systems by interacting directly with the system that regulates the symptoms associated with these neurological conditions.
Living with chronic pain is incredibly difficult, and medical cannabis offers an alternative for those struggling to cope with it. Pain is a very complex symptom to treat because it can be a result of a number of factors, or a combination, and is associated with other conditions which may or may not be diagnosed. Our specialist, Dr Stoffels, is able to assess this in depth to determine whether cannabis is the right treatment for your pain and diagnose other conditions, if appropriate. We can also refer to our in house specialists who can provide further psychological treatment.
We offer cannabis in addition to your usual pain treatment when pain is caused by conditions such as, but not limited to, arthritis, back pain, chronic pain management, inflammation, repetitive strain injury and complex regional pain syndrome. Medical cannabis has been shown to improve mood and appetite, reduce sleep disruptions, and associated symptoms of anxiety and stress and tremors.
Studies have shown that medical cannabis can reduce symptoms of pain through the use of phytocannabinoids, which are chemical components of cannabis that interact with the system responsible for processing emotions and interacts with the central and nervous system.