Meet Richard: The Barber Using Medical Cannabis to Tackle Chronic Pain

In the UK, chronic pain currently effects around 28 million people with 51% of UK adults reporting that they deal with chronic pain every day, according to research by Mamedica. Plus, with a further 73% accepting physical pain and discomfort as the norm, we want to raise awareness of medical cannabis as a safe and effective treatment route for those living with long-term pain.

How medical cannabis helped Richard “get his life back”

Mamedica patient Richard Mascarenhas spoke to GB News about being diagnosed with chronic pain when he was just 29 years old. Richard shares with us how medical cannabis has helped manage his debilitating symptoms while helping him get his life back on track.


What is chronic pain and its associated symptoms?

Chronic pain encompasses a wide range of symptoms and conditions that persist over an extended period, typically lasting for at least three to six months or longer. These symptoms can vary greatly depending on the underlying cause of the pain and the individual’s unique circumstances. Some common symptoms include:

  1. Persistent Aching or Soreness
  2. Sharp or Shooting Pain
  3. Stiffness and Limited Mobility
  4. Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances
  5. Mood Changes and Emotional Distress

The impact of chronic pain, however, extends beyond physical discomfort, affecting various aspects of daily life, such as work productivity, social interactions, and emotional well-being.

How can Mamedica help you manage chronic pain symptoms?

Richard's chronic pain experience

While the healthcare system has long relied on opioids as a primary method of pain management, it continues to cut prescriptions of them.

This paves the way for conversations about the therapeutic benefits of accessing natural treatments like medical cannabis through specialist clinics such as Mamedica, the UK’s leading medical cannabis clinic.

This is further supported by Mamedica’s research which highlighted that over a third (34%) of UK adults felt that their treatment was not tailored to their condition.

Medical cannabis has the potential to relieve chronic pain by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, along with terpenes, have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help reduce pain levels, improve sleep quality, and even induce muscle relaxation.

Are you considering medical cannabis?

If you or anyone you know is experiencing chronic pain, Mamedica can assist you with personalised medical cannabis prescriptions.

Our team of experienced doctors offers compassionate care and guidance on pain relief. Our clinic team is available to support you on your patient journey, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Patients who are looking to harness the benefits of medical cannabis can get started by checking their eligibility here.