Neil Smith, 56, is the chairman of Germany-based firm Eurox Pharma and CEO of the Integro Medical Clinic, which dispenses medicines to people in the UK.
Neil, from Scone, Perthshire, said: “I started doing it essentially as a business opportunity but when I started to work in it I saw the amazing impact cannabis medicines can have on life.”
The benefits of cannabidiol and THC, Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol – the most common active ingredients found in cannabis – for the treatment of epilepsy are currently being trialled and debated.
But Neil said his team do not prescribe for either epilepsy in particular or kids in general.
He said: “Epilepsy has made headlines but we are not doing anything like that in our clinic – which is for adults only – because we don’t have a doctor who is comfortable prescribing it.”
Instead, his business is focused on managing pain and palliative care.
Neil said: “People in their last days are on super-strong meds but switching to cannabis meds allows them to enjoy, if that is the right word, the last few weeks of their life. They get a quality of life they wouldn’t get on opioids.”
Other transformative uses include chronic sports injuries where, perhaps, the only alternative is surgery.
Neil added: “I passionately believe these meds should be made available on the NHS because they can make a huge difference to people’s lives.”