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First national medical cannabis registry launched

November 07, 2019 / Anna Smith

Europe has launched its first national medical cannabis registry for patients with chronic conditions. The registry comes at a time when despite the legislation of cannabis being passed a year ago, it remains out of reach for the vast majority of patients. The registry, launched at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London, will enrol 20,000 patients by the end of 2021 as part of an initiative called “Project TWENTY21”. The project will study medical cannabis’s therapeutic effects on 20,000 patients, and build the largest ever evidence base for NHS provision of these medicines. The aim of the project is to then convince policy makers that medical cannabis should be as widely available, and affordable, as other approved medicines for patients who would benefit from them. The chronic conditions that will be studied include chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Tourette’s syndrome, anxiety disorder or people who are d...