Patients’ Perspective

By Haskel Adamson 

On the 17th of May, from 4-6pm The Cowley Club, 12 London Rd, Brighton, will play host to an evening of shared experiences from Medical Cannabis users. Organised by Brighton Cannabis club, the meeting is designed to share the benefits of using Cannabis as medicine.

As the medical benefits of Cannabis become better known, more people in the UK are demanding legal access to this Medicinal plant. For many users they have found conventional pharmaceuticals ineffective for their medical problems, and have turned to cannabis for relief from a wide range of symptoms. The plant, prescribed in many forms has been legal since 1996 in California for ANY serious condition for which cannabis provides relief. Its medicinal uses range from chronic pain, muscle spasticity, nausea and appetite loss to psychiatric conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. One of the most important uses of cannabis is as a substitute for other, more dangerous or costly pharmaceutical drugs. Many patients report substantial reductions in use of ovoid narcotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, tranquilizers, sleeping pills and other drugs. The scientific evidence for the positive pharmacological benefits of the herb is extensive. A great resource showing the thousands of scientific studies is an annually updated PDF called “Granny storm Crow’s List” which can be found at http://www.letfreedomgrow.com/cmu/GSCListJan2014CONDITIONS.pdf 

Brighton Cannabis Club,  patients' perspective

For many years however clinical and lab research of the herb have been hindered by the limited access of universities to the raw herb. In the USA for example the herb was only released on the agreement of federal agencies whose main aim was to maintain a legal ban on the herb. Therefore the herb was only released to studies that sought to find harm caused by the herb. Cannabis was prescribed and made into many popular prescription free medicines from the 1850’s onwards. It was only finally banned from being prescribed by doctors in the UK in 1971. Many in vivo and in vitro studies show both THC, CBD and other cannabinoids found in the herb to be effective anti cancer properties, killing tumors by a number of different mechanisms. Many anecdotal reports and support groups can be found on the internet of people using extremely high doses of cannabis oil, ( confusingly called hemp oil) to treat themselves of various malignant tumors. The illegality of the herb can be seen as an abuse of human rights in this case, as this herb has been shown to save a person from a life threatening illness. “Cannabis success stories” is one facebook based support group focused on cannabis oil as a treatment for cancer. GW pharmaceuticals the UK based company who have licensed the first herbal cannabis phytoceutical “sativex”, are now in phase one of medical trials of a cannabis extract to for Glioma, a difficult to treat brain cancer. 

On the 17th May in Brighton we will have members of Brighton Cannabis club ready to tell their success stories of using Cannabis medicinally for Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Cancer, muscle spasticity resulting in disability, and diabetes. If anyone would like to share their experiences of using cannabis medicinally on the day then please get in touch with Brighton cannabis club.

You can find the event on Facebook, we look forward to seeing you and hope to hear from you at the event.

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3 Comments

  1. We desperately need to give people legal access to a range of cannabis varieties and products. Many patients report that they need several different strains to effectively treat their condition. What suits one person does not work for some one else with the same ailment necessarily. Many people prefer edibles or extracts rather than smoking their medicine.
    This variety of medicine is impossible to have under prohibition because people must hide and are not able to swap with other users or supply other people (criminal penalties are still applied to even the most well intentioned people). Whilst it is illegal we cannot really make the most of the potential medical benefits of cannabis but it is great to see that it is already making the difference for some people.
    Admiration and thanks to all those people who are brave enough to stand up and share their experiences.

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