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Pharmacy Services

Medical Cannabis Referral Service

Understand the benefits medical cannabis can provide and the referral pathway

Understand the benefits medical cannabis can provide and the referral pathway

Access our medical cannabis referral service

If you would like to find out more about medical cannabis as a treatment option, Whitworth Pharmacy can help. You may have already heard of medical cannabis but not sure whether it’s right for your condition.


Or you may be suffering from a debilitating disorder, tried other medications unsuccessfully and not sure what you’re looking for. Medical cannabis may be a viable treatment solution for you.


Visit any of our pharmacies to be referred to the award-winning Sapphire Medical Clinic.


Our team will guide you through the process and help you arrange your online consultation. If you are eligible, you will be issued a prescription that you can collect in your local Whitworth Pharmacy.


Pop along to your local Whitworth Pharmacy for more information on medical cannabis.


What is medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis is a term used to describe medication that contains cannabis. It can be legally prescribed by specialist doctors in the UK for certain health conditions. 


Certain products claim to be medical cannabis and are available to buy from health food stores and online. However, there is no guarantee of their quality or how effective they will be.


Unlike over-the-counter CBD food-grade products, medical cannabis can contain levels of both THC, CBD and any other naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.


The medical cannabis we supply via our partners at Sapphire Medical Clinic is produced by Rokshaw Laboratories. Both raw materials and finished products are thoroughly tested to ensure their products are 100% pure and of high quality. 

  • Medical cannabis can be considered for a variety of conditions where there is clinical evidence to support its need. This is when other medications haven’t worked or aren’t suitable.


    It can be considered for:

    • Pain conditions – cancer-related pain, chronic pain, Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, fibromyalgia, chronic regional pain syndrome, migraines, cluster headaches, neuropathic pain, and palliative care.

    • Cancer – cancer-related appetite loss, anxiety, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, cancer-related pain, depression, palliative care.

    • Gastrointestinal conditions – Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome.

    • Neurological conditions – autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy (adults/children), migraine, cluster headache, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s disease.

    • Psychiatric conditions – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, autistic spectrum disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, agoraphobia, depression.


    Sapphire Medical will not prescribe medical cannabis for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffering from an ongoing psychosis or an unstable cardiovascular disease. Treatment with medical cannabis can only be considered after conventional therapy.

  • Step 1

    Pop into your local Whitworth Pharmacy and speak to a member of staff to see if this service is right for you and to get referred. If we believe that medical cannabis would be useful, we will refer you to our partner, Sapphire Medical Clinic.

    Step 2

    From the comfort of your own home, you will speak to one of our specialist clinicians via video call. They will assess your needs and your suitability for medical cannabis. Your care will be reviewed by their team of expert consultants for approval.

    Step 3

    If you are considered eligible, Sapphire Medical Clinic will issue a prescription for cannabis via our pharmacy service. You can collect your prescription from your local Whitworth Pharmacy or have it delivered straight to your home.


  • 1. Is medical cannabis legal? Since November 2018, medical cannabis has been legal and available for private prescription in the UK. The specialist doctors at Sapphire Medical Clinic can prescribe medical cannabis for a range of conditions where there is clinical evidence.


    2. Who can get a prescription for medical cannabis? Medical cannabis is only considered where other treatments are not suitable or have not worked. This includes children and adults with conditions under the following categories – pain conditions, cancer, gastrointestinal conditions, neurological conditions, psychiatric conditions.


    3. Where does the medical cannabis you prescribe come from? The medical cannabis we prescribe is extremely high quality and is produced by Rokshaw, the first UK manufacturer of medical cannabis.  

If you want to find out more or have tried various treatments unsuccessfully and believe that medical cannabis could help, pop into your local pharmacy where you will be assessed by one of our friendly team for suitability. Ask about our medical cannabis referral service today.