Medical cannabis ruled out for chronic pain by NHS drug watchdog in decision branded ‘devastating’ –

Cannabis should not be prescribed for chronic pain, the NHS funding watchdog has ruled, in a decision branded ‘devastating’ by campaigners.

New guidance, released on Monday by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), says there is no evidence to show that cannabis is beneficial for people suffering long-term pain.

Charities had hoped that the drug would become widely available after it was decriminalised for medical use by Sajid Javid last November following high-profile campaigns involving children such as Alfie Dingley and Billy Caldwell, who both have hard-to-treat epilepsy.

But under the new ruling only people with two rare types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet…


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