A new medicinal cannabis clinic has opened in Birmingham.
Elios Clinic, based in Highfield Road, Edgbaston, is ready to support patients who may benefit from treatment using cannabidiol found within plants.
The clinic claims its products will aid treatment of a variety of ailments. It comes after the plant extract was granted medicinal legality in November 2018.
At the end of 2019, there were reportedly less than 250 active medical cannabis users in the UK. By 2024, that number is expected to rise to around 500,000.
Elios Clinic said all of its medication is fully legal and regulated. The use of medical cannabis within the UK is allowed, provided it is prescribed by a medical specialist.
Elios, and other clinics, are governed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The clinic uses a range of products supplied by The Armour Group – a specialist cannabis importer. It claims its products can treat forms of epilepsy and spasticity caused by MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
Elios co-founder, Dr Kam Lally,said: “We have been monitoring the medicinal cannabis market for a number of years and developing a series of robust and well-researched supply chains to deliver first-class patient care and outcomes.
“With The Armour Group products, in conjunction with the newest technologies available to us, we seek to become the market leader in providing safe, effective treatments for a number of conditions that research has shown benefit when having elements of the cannabidiol extracts added into the mix.
“This is a huge opportunity for patients who don’t feel the benefits of more traditional and sometimes more dangerous treatments to try something else that might give them the quality of life that they are looking for.”
Lead physician at Elios, Dr Attam Singh, added: “It’s a very simple and easy procedure. Our patients have a video or telephone consultation with one of our trained consultants to see if medicinal cannabis may be right for them.
“Then we review all of the relevant factors, and if our team feel that medicinal cannabis is right, we invite them into the clinic to discuss the options and potential outcomes. It’s all very simple and far quicker and more effective than waiting for an NHS appointment.”