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Community Guidelines

  1. The UPA community forums are for patients to discuss the medical benefits of cannabis, cannabinoids and cannabis-based medicines in the UK.
  2. We have a strict policy of absolutely no selling or advertising of any illegal substances in or through the groups. 
  3. The UPA strongly advises against buying, trading or taking donations of cannabis or cannabis related products from any members of the groups.
  4. The views expressed by individuals within the groups, including individuals who work closely with or are associated with the UPA in any way, do not represent the views of the UPA. Individuals are 100% responsible for their own comments.
  5. Moderators are at hand to notify if you see someone giving incorrect advice to a patient. Together we can provide each other with the best advice available under current UK law.

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Harm Reduction

Cannabis is widely used in the UK as a medicine for millions of people and although many people find that it does help them with minor and more serious illness' cannabis can have possible side effects. 

The following is a common list of side effects from legally prescribed Sativex. 

  • Feeling dizzy or tired
  • Feeling sleepy or giddy 
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Changed sense of taste or a dry mouth
  • Constipation or Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Feeling abnormal or slightly intoxicated

There is some evidence to suggest that Cannabis can exacerbate pre-existing mental health conditions. If you currently have a mental health condition then please speak to a medical professional.